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Teacher Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a Teacher make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
74,400 USD
( 6,200 USD monthly)


A person working as a Teacher in United States typically earns around 74,400 USD per year. Salaries range from 36,500 USD (lowest) to 116,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Teacher Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Teacher
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teacher salaries in United States range from 36,500 USD per year (minimum salary) to 116,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 75,900 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Teacher(s) are earning less than 75,900 USD while the other half are earning more than 75,900 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Teacher(s) are earning less than 50,600 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 50,600 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Teacher(s) are earning less than 97,900 USD while 25% are earning more than 97,900 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Teacher
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 43,200 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 55,600 USD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 76,700 USD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 95,000 USD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 102,000 USD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 109,000 USD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Teacher average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
43,200 USD
2 - 5 Years+29%
55,600 USD
5 - 10 Years+38%
76,700 USD
10 - 15 Years+24%
95,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+7%
102,000 USD
20+ Years+7%
109,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Teacher is 54,000 USD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 86,700 USD per year, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Teacher average salary difference by education level in United States

Bachelor's Degree
54,000 USD
Master's Degree+60%
86,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Teacher
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Teacher employees in United States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

76,200 USD
72,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Teacher(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Teacher
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A Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Teacher Average Hourly Wage in United States

36 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 36 USD. This means that the average Teacher in United States earns approximately 36 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teacher and Bilingual yearly United States
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The average salary for Teacher is 22% less than that of Bilingual. Also, Bilingual salaries are 1% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bilingual Paraprofessional102,000 USD+37%
Interpreter82,900 USD+11%
Language Specialist117,000 USD+57%
Linguist128,000 USD+72%
Multilingual Host92,500 USD+24%
Teacher74,400 USD-0%
Translator90,400 USD+21%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta70,900 USD
Austin79,600 USD
Baltimore68,300 USD
Boston71,700 USD
Bristol56,400 USD
Chicago84,600 USD
Cincinnati63,100 USD
Cleveland63,800 USD
Dallas79,200 USD
Denver73,900 USD
Detroit73,200 USD
Honolulu60,500 USD
Houston87,400 USD
Indianapolis79,100 USD
Iowa City58,700 USD
Jacksonville79,000 USD
Kansas City67,600 USD
Kent58,000 USD
Las Vegas71,300 USD
Long Beach72,000 USD
Los Angeles87,800 USD
Memphis74,900 USD
Miami69,000 USD
Minneapolis67,300 USD
New Orleans64,300 USD
New York90,900 USD
Oakland65,300 USD
Oklahoma City72,200 USD
Orlando61,100 USD
Philadelphia88,000 USD
Phoenix84,400 USD
Sacramento72,600 USD
San Antonio87,000 USD
San Diego85,300 USD
San Francisco77,200 USD
San Jose77,500 USD
Seattle81,300 USD
Tampa66,700 USD
Vancouver62,500 USD
Washington D.C.73,600 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama74,700 USD
Alaska66,800 USD
Arizona81,200 USD
Arkansas69,600 USD
California81,300 USD
Colorado75,100 USD
Connecticut74,600 USD
Delaware64,100 USD
District of Columbia64,200 USD
Florida81,800 USD
Georgia82,200 USD
Hawaii71,800 USD
Idaho66,500 USD
Illinois80,400 USD
Indiana78,600 USD
Iowa74,300 USD
Kansas68,800 USD
Kentucky72,600 USD
Louisiana74,300 USD
Maine70,000 USD
Maryland73,100 USD
Massachusetts74,900 USD
Michigan79,500 USD
Minnesota76,900 USD
Mississippi74,100 USD
Missouri73,500 USD
Montana66,600 USD
Nebraska70,400 USD
Nevada73,500 USD
New Hampshire65,200 USD
New Jersey77,500 USD
New Mexico70,500 USD
New York84,200 USD
North Carolina75,800 USD
North Dakota63,400 USD
Ohio80,200 USD
Oklahoma74,600 USD
Oregon76,300 USD
Pennsylvania78,400 USD
Rhode Island65,800 USD
South Carolina75,500 USD
South Dakota68,900 USD
Tennessee74,300 USD
Texas81,100 USD
Utah70,500 USD
Vermont66,800 USD
Virginia82,900 USD
Washington76,100 USD
West Virginia69,200 USD
Wisconsin77,500 USD
Wyoming67,100 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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