How Much Do Teachers Make?

teacher job descriptionTeachers are responsible for educating children and are vital for implementing education and knowledge, and even the potential success of students.

If children have teachers who are very passionate about educating, they can also instill that excitement for learning in the nation’s youth.

They help our society become educated, whether the teacher may be an elementary school teacher, a middle school, or a high school. Their job is incredibly important for the future of the world, and our children.

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Average teacher salary

There is not a definite answer to the question how much do teachers make. There are several types of teachers in the United States, and the salary varies for each specialty, or grade level of teaching. Keep in mind, teachers do not typically have to work every month of the year, as summer vacations and breaks amount to approximately three months of the year.

  • Kindergarten and elementary school teachers earn an average of $57,980 per year.
  • High school teachers earn an average of $60,320 per year.

Top 5  Paying States

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
New York Flag
New York
8.32
$74,830
Alaska Flag
Alaska
9.94
$71,460
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
10.03
$70,820
California Flag
California
8.94
$69,990
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
8.06
$69,890

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Elementary and Secondary Schools
16.16
$56,870
Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$55,200
Local Government
0.01
$54,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
0.02
$52,640
Educational Support Services
0.21
$50,340

What do teachers do?

what do teachers doTeachers of all specialties spend an abundance of their time developing lessons, grading assignments, measuring success, and seeking room for improvements.

Most grade levels require standardized testing in the United States, and preparing students for these tests is an important factor of education. They may work in private , public, and religious schools.

  • Elementary school teachers teach foundational aspects of subjects such as reading comprehension, science, history, and basic math skills. They are responsible for teaching children how to interact, and discourage inappropriate interactions through the use of rules. They devote a lot of time to staying connected with parents, using tools such as parent-teacher conferences and meetings to discuss success or room for improvement. They are also very involved in student’s issues such as educational struggles, or emotional concerns, and develop plans to help overcome any weaknesses. Elementary teachers are also responsible for supervising their young students while eating , playing, and interacting.
  • Middle school teachers specialize in teaching a specific subject, including Earth Science, Math, History, and English. They are responsible for teaching the material in a way that would prepare them for high school studies. Middle school teachers are also responsible for developing effective rules and supervising students.
  • High School teachers also specialize in a subject such as Global History, Economics, Calculus, Trigonometry, or English. They are responsible for teaching material in a way that will prepare students for graduation and moving on to college, or work. They also may teach alternative courses, such as Cooking, Physical Education, and Music. High school teachers may also have accelerated courses or “Honors” courses that they may have to develop advanced lesson plans for.

Job outlook

As student-teacher ratios begin to decline for educational quality, the demand for teachers will rise, and is expected to rise approximately six percent within the next ten years. This is considered slower than the average, compared to other career fields in the United States. Locations where there may be a lot of educational improvements being made will offer more employment opportunities for teachers. Most teaching positions offer tenure for work quality, so teachers can feel positive about their job security.

The duties of a teacher are very rewarding, and the influence of teachers is easily seen through the success of students.

Considering that the children of the United States will be the future of the country, teachers leave a strong impression upon society as a whole.

Teachers are respected professionals that leave a lasting impact upon the United States.

Teacher Salary by State

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
11.955
$49,410
Alaska Flag
Alaska
9.94
$71,460
Arizona Flag
Arizona
9.525
$43,050
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
10.072
$44,810
California Flag
California
8.944
$69,990
Colorado flag
Colorado
10.367
$50,180
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
10.026
$70,820
Delaware flag
Delaware
10.69
$58,680
Florida Flag
Florida
9.251
$47,730
Georgia Flag
Georgia
11.909
$54,030
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
9.897
$54,690
Idaho Flag
Idaho
11.024
$47,060
Illinois Flag
Illinois
10.602
$57,950
Indiana Flag
Indiana
8.657
$50,350
Iowa Flag
Iowa
10.887
$49,910
Kansas Flag
Kansas
9.894
$45,010
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
10.641
$51,160
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
9.828
$47,780
Maine Flag
Maine
12.146
$48,770
Maryland Flag
Maryland
10.535
$63,050
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
8.057
$69,890
Michigan Flag
Michigan
9.628
$63,640
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
9.905
$60,140
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
13.179
$41,010
Missouri Flag
Missouri
9.088
$50,240
Montana Flag
Montana
9.95
$46,720
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
9.532
$49,540
Nevada Flag
Nevada
8.295
$52,900
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
10.171
$54,780
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
11.538
$67,100
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
10.294
$51,220
New York Flag
New York
8.317
$74,830
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
10.15
$42,440
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
10.997
$47,710
Ohio Flag
Ohio
9.899
$58,490
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
11.078
$41,880
Oregon Flag
Oregon
7.127
$56,890
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
9.781
$60,580
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
8.788
$69,450
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
10.466
$48,380
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
9.496
$41,490
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
10.696
$48,970
Texas Flag
Texas
12.842
$51,100
Utah Flag
Utah
12.226
$54,200
Vermont Flag
Vermont
10.646
$54,260
Virginia Flag
Virginia
9.878
$60,430
Washington Flag
Washington
9.433
$60,190
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
9.813
$45,730
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
9.306
$54,560
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
9.66
$58,190

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Fairbanks, AK
10.16
$101,540
Nassau / Suffolk, – NY – Metropolitan Division
9.28
$96,910
Kingston, NY
13.33
$88,700
Poughkeepsie / Newburgh / Middletown, – NY
10.61
$79,380
New Bedford, MA
10.96
$77,490

Top Paying non-Metropolitan Areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
North Valley – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
19.41
$73,230
Southwest Massachusetts – nonmetropolitan area
3.61
$72,000
Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard – nonmetropolitan area
13.09
$71,700
Southeast Alaska – nonmetropolitan area
9.16
$71,660
Northwestern Connecticut – nonmetropolitan area
14.75
$70,670

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Ashley Stryker

Um… Sources, please?

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All data are aqcuired from bls.gov
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