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Career Information: Teacher (page 2)

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Updated on Mar 13, 2010

How much does this job pay?  

The middle half of all kindergarten school teachers earned between $34,880 and $56,370 a year in 2006. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $28,590. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $71,410 a year.

The middle half of all elementary school teachers earned between $36,680 and $58,170 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $30,370 and the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $72,720 a year.

The middle half of all high school teachers earned between $38,360 and $61,090 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $31,760 and the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $76,100 a year.

Some teachers earn extra money during the summer by doing other jobs.

How many jobs are there?

There were 4 million jobs for teachers in 2006. There are more elementary school teachers than any other kind. The next biggest kind is high-school teachers.

Every State has teachers for its schools, and private schools also hire teachers.

What about the future?    

Job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the place where they live and the subject they teach. Some schools are having trouble finding enough teachers, especially in cities. Today, many schools are looking for math and science teachers and teachers who speak a foreign language and who can teach English as a second language.

The number of jobs for teachers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016. Many teachers will retire, creating many other job openings.

Are there other jobs like this?    

  • Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Education administrators
  • Employment interviewers
  • Librarians
  • Public relations specialists
  • Social workers
  • Teachers—postsecondary
  • Teachers—special education

Where can you find more information?    

More BLS information about teachers—preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to find out even more about this job.

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