Elementary School Teacher

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What do you do?

Elementary school teachers teach their students the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics.


Median in 2011: $52,840

Best Paid: $81,230

Lowest Paid: $34,910


Health benefits are provided through your school district and vary depending where you teach. Your health benefits may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, dental, and vision care
  • Referral-free access to doctors
  • Routine preventative care
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee assistance and wellness programs
  • Family planning services
  • Vaccinations (i.e. flu shots)
  • Life insurance

Required Education

In addition to receiving a bachelor's degree, educators at public schools must obtain a state-issued license.

Working Conditions

Most teachers find the working conditions to be quite manageable, although it takes time to adapt to the constraints and create a routine that really works for you.


Pros: good benefits, fulfilling, vacation time

Cons: stressful, working time, low pay

Promotion Opportunities

You can get a Master's Degree to earn a promotion.