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Elementary School Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Elementary School Teacher 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.

Job Outlook

There were 4548 Elementary School Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 91240 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 2015:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,041.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,256.

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 $49,511.

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.74%
Bachelor's Degree50.14%
Master's Degree13.55%
Doctoral Degree1.4%
Other7.44%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years65.63%
3 to 5 years28.81%
6 to 8 years1.65%
9+ years3.91%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Teaching (53.25%)
  • Communication (32.65%)
  • Planning (17.2%)
  • Writing (13.99%)
  • Mathematics (13.86%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (11.96%)
  • English Language (9.48%)
  • Research (8.95%)
  • Leadership (8.94%)
  • Problem Solving (8.64%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Instructional Strategies (11.58%)
  • Primary Education (12.24%)
  • Lesson Planning (45.24%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Classroom Management (23.03%)
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEP) (14.52%)
  • Special Education (17.13%)
  • Educational Assessment (10.22%)
  • Curriculum Development (17.66%)
  • Learning Styles (14.47%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Small Group Instruction (7.19%)
  • Differentiated Instruction (10.5%)
  • Philosophy Of Education (5.29%)
  • Social Studies (7.47%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Small Group Instruction (31.64%)
  • Instructional Strategies (50.94%)
  • Philosophy Of Education (23.27%)

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
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Elementary Teacher

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Elementary School Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Swing Education (3355)
  • Clark County School District (1351)
  • Stepping Stones (575)
  • Atlas Preparatory Academy (566)
  • Pasco County Schools (474)
  • National Heritage Academies (452)
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center (430)
  • State Of West Virginia (410)
  • Primrose School (372)
  • Wake County Public Schools (368)

North Carolina

  • Wake County Public Schools (368)
  • Cumberland County Schools (185)
  • Union County Public Schools (165)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (138)
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (103)
  • National Heritage Academies (76)
  • Buncombe County Schools (64)
  • Cabarrus County Schools (61)
  • Gaston County Schools (60)
  • Pitt County Schools (60)

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!