The 50 highest-paying metro areas for elementary school teachers

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Source:  MSN Money

Nearly 1.4 million people work as elementary school teachers in the United States, and if you count special education and substitute teachers as well, the figure edges closer to 2 million educators. Not just anyone can get a job as a teacher, however. Elementary school teachers are required to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree; an additional state-issued license or certification is required for public school teachers.
Nationwide, elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $44,800. However, this figure belies a wide disparity, with teachers in some areas earning more than $100,000 and others less than $35,000. At Stacker, we parsed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 report on occupational wage estimates to determine the places that offer the most competitive wages for elementary school teachers. In our analysis, we focused on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), relatively population-dense geographical regions united by close economic ties.
California showed up most often on our list of highest-paying regions, taking an impressive 23 spots in the top 50 (two of which made the top 10). But other states like Connecticut also ranked high, showing up three times in our top 10 list. Click through to find out which places across America offer the most competitive salaries for this important profession.



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