The average salary of a teacher in all school levels across the United States varies with years of experience, the school district and the degrees the teacher holds. A teacher's take-home pay is also affected by payments made to a pension or retirement plan and monthly payments to the branch of the teacher's union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for teachers in all grades to grow by 13 percent from 2008 to 2018.
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in 2008 was $52,240. At least a bachelor's degree and formal state teacher certification is required to teach any grade in this range in the public school system. The median annual wages of elementary, middle, secondary and kindergarten teachers in 2008 was between $47,100 and $51,180.
Middle School Teachers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for middle school teachers in 2008 was $52,570. The lowest 10 percent of teachers in any grade earned an average salary between $30,970 and $34,280 in the same year. This lowest salary range is also similar to the average salary earned by beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree, which was $30,227 in 2005-2006 according to the American Federation of Teachers.
HIgh School Teachers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers earned an average annual salary of $54,390 in 2008. A bachelor's degree and teacher certification are required to teach public high school. The top 10 percent of teachers in all grades earned an average yearly salary between $75,190 and $80,970 as of May 2008.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vocational teachers earned an average annual salary of $47,870 in 2008. Vocational teachers carry many of the same requirements as teachers in other fields including a bachelor's degree and teacher certification. Some states also require vocational teachers to complete technology training to display competency in a given vocation. The middle 50 percent of teachers in this field earned an average salary between $39,460 and $59,470 in 2008. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,020 while the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,720 in 2008.