Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level. Substitute teachers are included in "Teachers and Instructors, All Other" (25-3099). Excludes "Special Education Teachers" (25-2050).


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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
1,409,140 0.8 % (4) $60,830 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $37,340 $45,330 $57,160 $73,610 $92,770
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,402,490 16.54 (4) $60,880
Religious Organizations 2,290 1.18 (4) $51,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 890 0.02 (4) $59,520
Employment Services 650 0.02 (4) $44,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 620 0.02 (4) $46,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,402,490 16.54 (4) $60,880
Religious Organizations 2,290 1.18 (4) $51,440
Educational Support Services 430 0.24 (4) $51,900
Other Schools and Instruction 340 0.08 (4) $46,310
Child Day Care Services 490 0.06 (4) $36,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 200 0.01 (4) $99,630
Civic and Social Organizations 60 0.01 (4) $62,940
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,402,490 16.54 (4) $60,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 890 0.02 (4) $59,520
Educational Support Services 430 0.24 (4) $51,900


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 157,240 9.42 0.95 (4) $77,990
Texas 140,310 11.80 1.19 (4) $56,760
New York 80,930 8.79 0.89 (4) $80,540
Florida 72,560 8.62 0.87 (4) $48,340
Illinois 72,270 12.19 1.23 (4) $62,620




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 14,870 13.28 1.34 (4) $44,230
Georgia 55,360 12.86 1.30 (4) $54,870
Alabama 24,150 12.56 1.27 (4) $49,040
Louisiana 23,670 12.44 1.26 (4) $48,310
Illinois 72,270 12.19 1.23 (4) $62,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 80,930 8.79 0.89 (4) $80,540
California 157,240 9.42 0.95 (4) $77,990
Connecticut 17,860 10.80 1.09 (4) $77,900
Alaska 3,190 10.01 1.01 (4) $77,030
District of Columbia 2,890 4.08 0.41 (4) $76,950



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 58,420 8.73 0.88 (4) $79,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 41,570 11.35 1.15 (4) $66,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 32,410 12.37 1.25 (4) $55,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 31,040 7.01 0.71 (4) $79,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 30,760 10.50 1.06 (4) $62,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 26,360 10.58 1.07 (4) $60,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 21,890 8.69 0.88 (4) $78,110
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 20,180 14.06 1.42 (4) $83,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 15,880 8.22 0.83 (4) $66,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 14,740 7.44 0.75 (4) $45,540


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yuba City, CA 1,280 29.87 3.02 (4) $79,480
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1,120 26.62 2.69 (4) $74,770
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 6,220 24.47 2.48 (4) $56,360
Hinesville, GA 420 24.24 2.45 (4) $54,370
Merced, CA 1,600 23.11 2.34 (4) $75,910
Hammond, LA 960 22.42 2.27 (4) $48,340
Madera, CA 980 22.31 2.26 (4) $78,020
Burlington, NC 1,260 21.01 2.13 (4) $45,970
El Centro, CA 1,230 20.44 2.07 (4) $78,100
Pocatello, ID 670 20.21 2.04 (4) $42,960