The Nevada Department of Education administers educational and licensing requirements for teachers. Nevada licenses teachers in nine categories of teaching: birth through second grade, elementary, exceptional pupils, middle school, secondary school, secondary career and technical education, specialized education and substitute teaching. Teachers who teach in public schools in Las Vegas work for the Clark County School District. In May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, estimated salaries for teachers in Las Vegas.
Clark County School District
Las Vegas is part of the Clark Country School District in Nevada. Teacher pay scales vary based on their education level and experience. For the 2010–2011 school year, the starting salary for teachers who obtained a bachelor’s degree was $35,083 per year; those with a master’s degree earned a starting salary of $40,738 per year. Those who obtained an advanced studies certification earned a starting salary of $48,201 per year. Starting salaries increase based on the teacher’s years of experience.
Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers
Preschool teachers educate students before they enter kindergarten. Annual median wages for preschool teachers in Las Vegas were $21,570. The 25th percentile earned $18,110 per year, and the 75th percentile earned $26,270 per year. Kindergarten teachers educate students during their first year of school. Annual wages for elementary school teachers were $41,620. The 25th percentile earned $35,210 per year, and the 75th percentile earned $50,280 per year.
Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers
Nevada licenses elementary school teachers to teach students in grades kindergarten through eight. Annual median wages for elementary school teachers in Las Vegas ranged from $39,800 to $56,040 in the 25th through 75th percentiles. The median salary was $47,130 per year. Annual median wages for teachers in Las Vegas who educate middle and high school students was $47,930 per year. The 25th percentile earned $40,560 per year, and the 75th percentile earned $56,660 per year.
Special Education Teachers
There were approximately 830 special education teachers in Las Vegas in May 2009. Special education teachers who taught preschool, kindergarten and elementary students earned annual median wages of $50,470. Special education teachers in middle and high schools earned annual median wages of $51,760 per year.