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What is a teacher's average annual salary?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a teacher’s average annual salary ranges from roughly $53,000 to $55,000, as of May 2013. PayScale.com lists a lower average salary range of approximately $42,000 to $48,000 for teachers as of November 2014.

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The BLS offers detailed salary data for teachers of different grade levels and subjects. As of May 2013, kindergarten elementary school teachers earned an average salary of $56,320. Middle school teachers earned roughly the same salary ($56,630). Secondary school teachers earned an estimated $58,260 the same year.

As of November 2014, PayScale.com lists $42,206 as an elementary teacher’s annual salary. For middle school teachers, it reported an average salary $43,175. According to PayScale.com, High school teachers earn the most ($46,345), and special education teachers earn slightly more at each grade level.

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