Elementary School Teacher
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Teaches elementary school students, usually children ages 5 - 11 who are in kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade, in a public or private school. Teaches all subjects, including reading, writing, math, social studies and science, to one class throughout the school year. Plans curriculum and assesses student progress, manages student behavior and communicates with school parents. May specialize in teaching music, art or physical education, or teach students that are learning English, or work with students with learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders.
There were 6842 Elementary School Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 109108 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Elementary School Teacher industry, which includes the Elementary School Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Elementary School Teacher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,466.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,113.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Elementary School Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $37,911.
Education and Experience
Posted Elementary School Teacher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Elementary School Teacher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||69%|
|3 to 5 years||24%|
|6 to 8 years||4%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Elementary School Teacher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (30%)
- Planning (25%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
- Physical Abilities (18%)
- Building Effective Relationships (15%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (87%)
- Lesson Planning (26%)
- Special Education (11%)
- Elementary Education (8%)
- Learning Styles (8%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Progress Reports (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Group Instruction (6%)
- Social Studies (5%)
- Child Development (4%)
- Maintaining Student Records (3%)
- Tutoring (3%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Elementary School Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Elementary Teacher
- Kindergarten Teacher
- First Grade Teacher
- Third Grade Teacher
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Middle / High School Teacher
- Math Teacher
- History / Social Studies Teacher
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- Science Teacher
- Reading Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Elementary School Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Kindercare (1848)
- Clark County School District (1512)
- Dallas Independent School District (1299)
- Boston Public Schools (683)
- Swing Education (664)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (239)
- Union County Public Schools (197)
- Winston Salem County Schools (126)
- Cabarrus County Schools (109)
- Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools (103)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Biology for Educators Graduate Certificates
- Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning Master's Degrees
- Elementary Education Master's Degrees
- Elementary Education Master's Degrees
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Master's Degrees
- English as a Second Language Add-on Teacher Licensure
- Language Arts – Middle Grades Master's Degrees
- Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics Education Master's Degrees
- Plant Pests, Pathogens and People Undergraduate Certificates
- Science – Secondary Education Master's Degrees
- Special Education Master's Degrees
- Special Education for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Graduate Certificates