Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Teach pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills. Exclude "Special Education Teachers" (25-2041 through 25-2043).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,443,160 1.2 % (4) $44,080 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $27,440 $33,320 $41,780 $53,020 $65,480
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 1,422,920 (4) $44,210 1 3
Employment services 5,330 (4) $39,050 2 8
Child day care services 4,730 (4) $27,470 3 19
Religious organizations 2,790 (4) $31,530 4 16
Other schools and instruction 1,980 (4) $34,750 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 120 (4) $55,070 13 1
Business, computer and management training 320 (4) $49,700 9 2
Elementary and secondary schools 1,422,920 (4) $44,210 1 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 160 (4) $43,960 12 4
Technical and trade schools (6) (4) $43,150 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
North Dakota 5,690 (4) $32,980 1.818% 209
Louisiana 29,830 (4) $34,530 1.626% 275
Idaho 8,710 (4) $40,330 1.540% 151
Alaska 4,170 (4) $49,360 1.455% 149
New Jersey 55,410 (4) $50,190 1.437% 220

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 102,290 (4) $61,180 1.234% 135
Connecticut 20,040 (4) $51,590 1.221% 169
Delaware 4,650 (4) $51,250 1.159% 118
Rhode Island 5,320 (4) $50,280 1.127% 130
New Jersey 55,410 (4) $50,190 1.437% 220

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 4,740 (4) $39,590 2.758%
Merced, CA MSA 1,580 (4) $46,070 2.609%
Dover, DE MSA 1,120 (4) $52,700 2.109%
Fresno, CA MSA 7,190 (4) $46,760 2.069%
Killeen-Temple, TX MSA 2,070 (4) $45,140 2.065%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 15,750 (4) $61,530 1.323%
Dutchess County, NY PMSA 1,320 (4) $58,500 1.179%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 2,820 (4) $56,250 1.155%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 9,880 (4) $55,870 1.559%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA (6) (4) $54,730 (6)

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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