Elementry School Teaching

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Jo description

Elementary school teachers (also called primary school teachers) teach children from kindergarten up to the sixth grade. They introduce children to the educational basics: numbers, language, science, and social studies. They also help children develop into healthy, confident, socially aware young people, and work closely with parents to help the children reach their full potentia


The knowledge that teachers pass on to their students includes not just academic subjects, but also certain values, attitudes, and life skills. In many ways, teachers are like temporary parents to the students in their classes. Elementary school teachers monitor children’s social skills and try to resolve any problems they see, such as shyness or aggressiveness. They are also on the lookout for accidents, signs of illness, and learning problems.


Working conditions

Elementary school teachers are employed by public school boards or by private schools. They usually work independently, in classrooms of 15 to 30 students.

Teachers work between 8 and 10 hours a day on weekdays, teaching classes, preparing lessons, grading assignments, and attending meetings. They often put in additional hours over the weekend. This can add up to 50 or more hours a week.

On average, teachers work a 9 to 10-month school year, with 2 or 3 months off over the summer. However, much of the summer is spent preparing for the next school year or taking professional development courses to upgrade skills.

Teachers spend much of the day on their feet, and keeping order in the classroom can be tiring. However, teachers tend to have a very high level of job satisfaction. Helping young people live up to their potential is very rewarding.


Elementary school teachers’ salaries vary depending on their experience, location, and employer. For example, teachers in some private schools may receive less than teachers working in the public school system. The highest paying teaching positions are usually in urban areas.

More about Earnings.

Entry-level salaries start at about $35,000 a year. Experienced elementary school teachers typically earn $40,000 to $81,000 a year. Teachers who go on to work as assistant principals or principals, or in other administrative roles, can earn more than $100,000 a year. The national median salary for elementary teachers is around $53,000 a year.

In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities. Some teachers also earn extra income during the summer teaching summer school or doing administrative work in the school system.

Most public school teachers belong to unions that negotiate wages, benefits, hours, and conditions of employment on their behalf. Typical benefits include contributions to a retirement savings plan, dental and health benefits, and life insurance. Benefits for private school teachers vary from school to school.

Illinoise Earnings.

Illinois Wages

Occupation: Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Level of Experience Hourly Annual

Entry Wage N/A $42,230

Median Wage N/A $53,280

Experienced Wage N/A $68,750

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov

Illinois Outlook

Occupation: Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education


2012 75,634

2022 80,643


Number 5,009

Percentage 6.62

Annual Average Openings

Total Growth Replacement

2,165 501 1,664


Teaching/Training Education & Training

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12

English/Language Arts

English/Language Arts I

English/Language Arts II

English/Language Arts III

English/Language Arts IV


Algebra I


Algebra II

Other math course


Earth or Life or Physical Science




Social Studies/Sciences

State History


U.S. History

Introduction to E-Marketing



Sociology or American Government

Career & Technical Courses

Career Exploration in Education and Training

Information Technology Applications

Human Growth and Development

Fundamentals of Education Professions

Parenting and Child Development

Applications of Education Professions


Sample Career Path

People take different pathways through their careers, but no one starts at the top. This is an example of how the earnings, education and experience requirements, and responsibilities might progress for someone in this occupation.

Level 1

Sample Title Substitute Teacher

Earnings $15,000 to $30,000 a year

Requirements • Bachelor’s degree
• Completion of a teacher education program
• State teacher’s license

Responsibilities Registering with the local school district to get jobs; teaching lesson plans left by teachers.

Level 2

Sample Title Teacher

Earnings $35,000 to $82,000 a year

Requirements • At least 1 year of experience

Responsibilities Teaching classes; ordering books; planning lessons; grading; mentoring student teachers; supervising extra-curricular activities; conducting parent-teacher interviews; performing some administrative duties.

Level 3

Sample Title Assistant Principal

Earnings $60,000 to $90,000 a year

Requirements • Several years of experience as a teacher
• Possibly a master’s degree in education

Responsibilities Doing less teaching; taking on more administrative responsibilities; dealing with serious disciplinary problems; dealing with parents’ problems or complaints.

Level 4

Sample Title Principal

Earnings $70,000 to $110,000 a year

Requirements • Experience as an assistant principal
• Knowledge of budgets

Responsibilities Assuming lots of administrative work, including budgeting; hiring and firing teachers and staff; overseeing school improvement plans; setting school policy; dealing with serious disciplinary problems and problems with parents.
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