Chicago, Illinois, has the third-largest public school system in the United States. The system comprises approximately 600 public elementary and high schools. Nearly 500 of the elementary schools are traditional, while approximately 40 are charter schools. The Chicago Public School System also contains other elementary schools that include classical, special education and contract schools. As such, elementary teacher salaries are dependent upon type of schools, level of education and experience.
Teachersalaryinfo.com states that "the average teacher salary in Illinois has remained consistently above the national average between the years 2007 and 2009." Compared to the national average of $50,000 annually for teachers, Illinois teachers earned approximately $7,000 more as of 2009. According to Chicagomag.com, the median salary for Chicago-area elementary teachers is $59,000, slightly higher than the state average. It adds that elementary school teachers in DuPage County received the highest salaries as of 2006. In fact, five of its districts report average yearly salaries of $77,000 according to the magazine.
In the Chicago Public School system, starting salaries for elementary teachers with bachelor's degrees are $51,000 as of 2011. In comparison, starting salaries for those with master's degrees are $54,000 as of 2011. However, Resumechick.com cites the salary range for elementary teachers in Chicago as being between $34,000 and $52,000 in 2010. It further cites that the starting salaries for elementary teachers in New York and Los Angeles are $41,000 and $40,000 respectively.
Since the Chicago Public School system classifies elementary schools according to categories (charter, special education, contract), teacher salaries may fluctuate depending on the type of school in which teachers teach. Indeed.com lists the average yearly salary for special education teachers in Chicago at $49,000 as of 2011. Charter school salaries in the city are significantly lower, though financed by the public school system. The lowest average salary belongs to Grays-lake Prairie Crossing Charter School, with teachers earning roughly $38,000 as of 2006.
Average teacher salaries in Chicago vary according to school district. Teachersalaryinfo.com reports that Cook County employed more than 240 elementary teachers and had an average annual salary of $55,000 between 2007 and 2009. This is on a par with the $55,000 average annual salary of teachers in the East Prairie School District, which has roughly 36 teachers.