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Teacher FAQs – How Much do Teachers Make?

Are you interested in going to school to become a teacher? Education is one of the top fields for the most in-demand jobs in the U.S. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “3.6 million elementary and secondary school full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers were engaged in classroom instruction in the fall of 2015.”

If you’re deciding which education program you want to pursue, projected incomes might help steer you in the right direction. Estimated average salaries depend on level of education and state of employment, so keep that in mind.

Here are national averages for teacher salaries:

Preschool Teacher

  • Average salary: $28,570
  • Average number of jobs: 441,000

If you enjoy teaching children under the age of five, you should consider becoming a preschool teacher. Preschool teachers are a part of children’s earliest learning stage in an academic setting. Whether you work in a private school, public school, or in a daycare, your curriculum may include early math, science, reading, and writing. If you want to become a preschool teacher, an associate’s degree in education is your first step, but a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education will give you even more experience, education, and skills that are sought after by an employer.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher

  • Average salary: $54,550
  • Average number of jobs: 1,517,400

Instruct students in kindergarten through fifth grade as you teach them basic subjects such as math, history, science, reading and writing, and more. A bachelor’s degree in elementary education is required to teach in K-5th grade, and licensure or a certificate may also be needed per the school’s requirements. If you want additional training and experience, you may also want to pursue a master’s degree in education.

Middle School Teacher

  • Average salary: $55,860
  • Average number of jobs: 627,500

If you feel called to teach students in middle school, grades sixth through eighth, a career as a middle school teacher may be the way to go. Middle school teachers work in both private and public schools, teaching a wide range of subjects, including math, history, reading and writing, science, and electives, such as art and music. A bachelor’s degree in education is required to teach in a middle school setting, and an additional license or certificate may also be required.

High School Teacher

  • Average salary: $57,200
  • Average number of jobs: 961,600

Enjoy teaching high school-aged students? There is a high demand for qualified and professional high school teachers across the U.S. High school teachers can teach in a private or public schools, and they typically have a specialized focus, such as English, math, science, history, etc., depending on their education and experience. A bachelor’s degree and certificate or license is required to teach in a high school. You may also want to pursue a master’s degree in education to stand out among your peers.

Post-Secondary Teacher

  • Average salary: $72,470
  • Average number of jobs: 1,313,000

For those interested in working as a teacher in a college or university setting, a master’s degree in education is the minimum requirement, but a doctorate degree is most commonly expected. Post-secondary teachers, also commonly known as professors, teach a specialized focus, such as business, marketing, education, English, and science. If you’re interested in teaching at a college or university, and you already earned a bachelor’s degree, your next step is to pursue a master’s degree in education.

Special Education Teacher

  • Average salary: $56,800
  • Average number of jobs: 450,700

Do you have a passion for teaching students with special needs? A special needs educator works with students who may have physical, mental, emotional, or learning disabilities. As a special needs teacher, you may help students learn a variety of subjects, along with teaching everyday skills. A bachelor’s degree in special education is required for most special education settings in public and private sectors. CCU also offers a master’s degree in special education for those who want additional education and experience.

All salaries and number of jobs information was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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