Elementary & middle school teachers

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Total Workforce

3.81M

Average Age

42.7

Average Salary

$49,741

Average Male Salary

$55,111

Average Female Salary

$48,273

About

Elementary & middle school teachers are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for Elementary & middle school teachers was $49,741 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Elementary & middle school teachers by wage are Firstline supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, & groundskeeping workers, Other education, training, & library workers, and Surveying & mapping technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Elementary & middle school teachers are Montgomery County (Southeast) PUMA, TX, Forsyth County PUMA, GA, and Katy City (Northeast) PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Elementary & middle school teachers are Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, Montgomery County (Southeast) PUMA, TX, and Hempstead Town (East Central) PUMA, NY.

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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Elementary & middle school teachers are paid most in Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,741

AVERAGE SALARY

± $357

In 2018, Elementary & middle school teachers earned an average of $49,741, $4,148 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, & groundskeeping workers make somewhat more than Elementary & middle school teachers while Surveying & mapping technicians 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

0.288

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Elementary & middle school teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.288, 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 Child day care services.

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Industries by Share

3.81M

2018 Workforce

± 47,321

2.23%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.73%

The number of people employed as Elementary & middle school teachers has been growing at a rate of 2.23%, from 3,729,197 people in 2017 to 3,812,188 people in 2018.

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%, followed by Other schools & instruction and educational support services with 0.186% and Child day care services with 0.144%.

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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 and of female Elementary & middle school teachers is 42.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Elementary & middle school teachers is White.

Gender Composition

818k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 22,145

2.99M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 42,055

78.5% 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

83.1% of Elementary & middle school teachers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.59% 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

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.337

42.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.173

The median age of Elementary & middle school teachers is 42.7, and Male employees are generally 0.303 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 Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Elementary & middle school teachers need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Social Perceptiveness.

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