Elementary & middle school teachers

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Total Workforce

3.73M

Average Age

43

Estimated Job Growth

7.42%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$48,592

Average Male Salary

$53,399

Average Female Salary

$47,308

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Elementary & middle school teachers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Elementary & middle school teachers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Elementary & middle school teachers, by average wage, is Justice, public order, & safety activities . Elementary & middle school teachers are paid most in Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Hempstead Town (East Central) PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,592

AVERAGE SALARY

± $347

In 2017, Elementary & middle school teachers earned an average of $48,592, $3,473 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers make somewhat more than Elementary & middle school teachers while Machinists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Elementary & middle school teachers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.289

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Elementary & middle school teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.289, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Elementary & middle school teachers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Elementary & middle school teachers, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Other schools & instruction and educational support services, and Religious organizations.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Elementary & middle school teachers, by average wage, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Administration of human resource programs, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

3.73M

2017 Workforce

± 46,809

2.8%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.74%

The number of people employed as Elementary & middle school teachers has been growing at a rate of 2.8%, from 3,627,457 people in 2016 to 3,729,197 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Elementary & middle school teachers employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Elementary & middle school teachers at  99.2%, followed by Other schools & instruction and educational support services with 0.151% and Religious organizations with 0.123%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Elementary & middle school teachers in the US. The average age of male Elementary & middle school teachers in the workforce is 43.2 and of female Elementary & middle school teachers is 43, and the most common race/ethnicity for Elementary & middle school teachers is White.

Gender Composition

786k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,712

2.94M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 41,696

78.9% of Elementary & middle school teachers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Elementary & middle school teachers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

84% of Elementary & middle school teachers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.01% of Elementary & middle school teachers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Age by Gender

43.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.351

43

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.175

The median age of Elementary & middle school teachers is 43, and Male employees are generally 0.192 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Elementary & middle school teachers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Elementary & middle school teachers is Education but a relatively high number of Elementary & middle school teachers hold a major in Education.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Elementary & middle school teachers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Elementary & middle school teachers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension and Instructing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Elementary & middle school teachers need more than the average amount of Repairing, Operations Analysis, and Learning Strategies.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Elementary & middle school teachers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Elementary & middle school teachers are expected to see a growth of 7.42% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

7.42%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Elementary & middle school teachers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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