Second-grade teachers are classified as elementary teachers. Their salaries are generally the same as teachers of the first through fifth or sixth grades, depending on when elementary school ends in the district in which they teach. Private elementary school teachers’ salaries are lower than their public school counterparts, but many private school teachers report good benefits and better working conditions than in public schools.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of May 2010, the average salary of an elementary teacher who does not teach special education was $54,330. The upper limit on salary for those in the 10th percentile was $34,390, and for those in the 25th percentile, it was $41,750. The 75th percentile earned up to $64,890, and the 90th brought in $80,140 or more.
Alaska paid elementary teachers the highest salary as of May 2010, according to the BLS. The average salary there was $69,130, while in second-place New York, it was $67,940. Connecticut’s elementary teachers earned the third-highest average salary in the country at $66,500, and Rhode Island came in fourth at $65,020. The fifth-best-paying area was the District of Columbia at $63,370.
Nassau-Suffolk, New York, elementary teachers earned the highest average salary for elementary teachers in the U.S. as of May 2010, according to the BLS, at $86,440 per year. Waterbury, Connecticut, elementary teachers earned $76,640 on average each year, and Kingston, New York, elementary teachers earned $72,460. Next on the list was Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, Maryland, at $72,260, and San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California, came in fifth place at $71,480.
An elementary teacher in a private school earns a median salary of $34,720, according to the salary survey website PayScale as of May 2011. This figure is from a survey with 5,471 respondents. Reduced or free tuition, health insurance, retirement plans, life insurance, free meals, leave programs, housing at boarding schools and tuition reimbursement for continuing education are just some of the benefits that are common for teachers working in private schools.