Salary and Benefits

January 22, 2006

What This Job Pays: elementary schoolteacher

Salary: The average annual pay for elementary schoolteachers in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area is $34,528, with most making between $25,000 and $45,000 a year, according to figures compiled by PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.

Demand: Excellent job opportunities are expected as retirements outweigh slowing enrollment growth; opportunities will vary by geographic area and subject taught.

Need to know: Public schoolteachers must have at least a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher-education program, and be licensed. Seeing students develop new skills and gain an appreciation of knowledge and learning can be very rewarding. However, teaching may be frustrating when one is dealing with unmotivated or disrespectful students. Teachers may experience stress in dealing with large classes, heavy workloads, or old schools that are run-down and lack many modern amenities. Teachers in private schools generally enjoy smaller class sizes and more control over establishing the curriculum and setting standards for performance and discipline. Their students also tend to be more motivated, since private schools can be selective in their admissions processes.

PayScale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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