According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. teachers earned between $2,970 and $4,450 per month in 2012. Salaries depend on where the teacher works. Some high-performing elementary school teachers can earn upwards of $83,160 per year. New York has some of the highest-paying teaching jobs in the nation.
The higher the grade level, the more money a teacher is likely to make. For example, in 2012, middle school teachers earned an average annual salary of $53,430. Salaries in some high schools are even higher; the Bureau of Labor statistics shows that in 2012, the salary for a high school teacher was $55,050 per year.