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Teacher salary in United States

How much does a Teacher make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.49
Low $9.08
High $37.66
Non-cash benefit
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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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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Teachers in United States

  1. Fairfax County Public Schools
    745 reviews155 salaries reported
    $42.97per hour
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Highest paying cities for Teachers near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $41.96 per hour
    371 salaries reported
  2. Brooklyn, NY
    $41.20 per hour
    497 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $34.76 per hour
    530 salaries reported
  1. Atlanta, GA
    $34.18 per hour
    335 salaries reported
  2. San Antonio, TX
    $34.09 per hour
    329 salaries reported
  3. Austin, TX
    $32.48 per hour
    315 salaries reported
  1. Phoenix, AZ
    $30.87 per hour
    267 salaries reported
  2. Orlando, FL
    $30.66 per hour
    368 salaries reported
  3. School, MO
    $30.10 per hour
    8 salaries reported
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Where can a Teacher earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Teachers

Most recommended license

Special Education Certification

(earn +35.64% more)

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 15.38% since 2018. Teachers with this license earn +35.64% more than the average base salary, which is $18.49 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201276increase by 76
2013386increase by 407.89%
2014462increase by 19.69%
2015496increase by 7.36%
2016476decrease by 4.03%
2017352decrease by 26.05%
2018312decrease by 11.36%
2019360increase by 15.38%

Top companies hiring Teachers on Indeed

Colorado Department of Human Services
Trinity Basin Preparatory, Inc
Douglas County School District - Colorado
Highlander Charter School
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Top fields of study
Mathematics Degree
Top skills
Video Production
Top certifications
ESOL Certification

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top Fields of studySalaryJob openingsCompanies
10 jobs11
73 jobs150
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Most common benefits for Teachers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Childcare
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Loan repayment program
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid jury duty
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 32,085 ratings

39% of Teachers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Elementary School Teacher

Job openings

Average $18.12 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Teacher

What other professions are the pay ranges similar to teachers?

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a teacher?

If you're unsure about what salary is appropriate for a teacher, you can visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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Are teachers paid hourly or monthly?

Most teachers in elementary, middle schools, high schools are paid a monthly salary. They can earn an hourly salary through tutoring.

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What grade / level do teachers get paid the most?

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