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How much does an Elementary School Teacher make in California?

Average Elementary School Teacher Yearly Salary in California

Elementary School Teachers earn a median salary of $72,910 per year. Salaries typically start from $47,010 and go up to $97,280.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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While elementary school teachers’ wages should perhaps be higher than they are, many teachers are making a comfortable salary, depending on where they live. Urban areas tend to offer higher elementary school salaries, but the cost of living is also higher. While you may earn less in a rural area, you’ll probably spend less for rent, food, gas, and other expenses. The highest paid in the elementary school teacher profession work in the metropolitan areas of Fairbanks, Alaska, Poughkeepsie, New York, and New York City. The Kingston, New York area also pays well, as does the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Employment Type Mix

89%
Full-Time
11%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.5
SCORE
419
RATINGS
Elementary School Teachers average a score of 2.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Elementary School Teachers in the 6th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Elementary School Teacher Earnings by Seniority

Top End Elementary School Teacher Earnings

The highest earning Elementary School Teachers in California earn:

N/A an hour $97,280
per year
Senior Elementary School Teacher Earnings

Senior Elementary School Teachers in California earn:

N/A an hour $86,550
per year
Experienced Elementary School Teacher Earnings

Experienced Elementary School Teachers in California earn:

N/A an hour $72,910
per year
Junior Elementary School Teacher Earnings

Junior Elementary School Teachers in California earn:

N/A an hour $59,620
per year
Starting Elementary School Teacher Earnings

Starting Elementary School Teachers in California earn:

N/A an hour $47,010
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Elementary School Teacher salary comparison

Elementary School Teachers earn more than 59% percent of Education & Childcare careers in California. Elementary School Teacher salaries are in the top 53% of all careers in California.

Principal Salary in California $110k
Nurse Educator Salary in California $87k
Physical Education Teacher Salary in California $86k
High School Teacher Salary in California $74k
Elementary School Teacher Salary $72k
Librarian Salary in California $70k
School Counselor Salary in California $60k
Childcare Program Administrator Salary in California $53k
Preschool Teacher Salary in California $31k
Teacher Assistant Salary in California $30k
Childcare Worker Salary in California $24k
Source:

Historical salary for Elementary School Teachers in California

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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