|Quick Facts: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers|
|$61,350 per year|
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers Do
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects in order to prepare them for future schooling.
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers work in public and private schools. They generally work during school hours when students are present and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most kindergarten and elementary school teachers do not work during the summer.
How to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers usually must have at least a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.
The median annual wage for elementary school teachers, except special education was $61,400 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for kindergarten teachers, except special education was $60,900 in May 2021.
Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 120,300 openings for kindergarten and elementary school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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