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What does a Teacher do?

Teachers instruct youth on how to acquire everyday skills and specialized concepts. Also known as a schoolmaster, teachers typically work in either school buildings or tutoring centers. While many work alone, teachers also collaborate with student-aides, paraprofessionals, counselors, principals and other teachers. In terms of job mobility, teachers can go on to become counselors, principals or professors.


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Working as a Teacher

Overall, the job of being a teacher can involve a vast array of duties. The following is an overview of some of the most common ones:

  • Staying up-to-date on information and continuing to learn
  • Providing students with the proper resources needed to learn all kinds of information
  • Leading by example in terms of their work ethic and behavior
  • Providing support by being a good listener or encouraging a shy child to speak up in class
  • Helping with school events, fundraisers and field trips
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How much does a Teacher make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.49
Low $9.08
High $37.66
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The average salary for a teacher is $18.49 per hour in the United States. 33.5k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Where can a Teacher earn more?

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Elementary School Teacher

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Average $18.12 per hour

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Common questions about for a Teacher

Can I work from home as a teacher?

Teachers at the postsecondary level are usually required to have a master's degree or higher. While the same is not needed to teach K-12, prospective public school teachers must have a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher education program to become licensed.

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Can I switch subjects as a teacher?

Teachers are allowed to switch subjects. However, certain states may require complete additional training and education to be completed before switching subjects.

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Can teachers live comfortably with their salary?

In general yes, depending on their standard of living and other factors at play like location, level of frugality, etc.

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