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Salaries & Benefits


Salaries vary between school districts and generally are based on experience and college units completed. Some districts pay bonuses for advanced degrees or extra duty.

Range: In the 1st quarter of 2013 the average wage for secondary school teachers, except special education, was $70,268; the average wage for elementary school teachers, except special education was $70,633.

California’s Employment Development Department maintains a detailed databaseIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site of occupational wages, by region and year. Teachers’ salaries can be found by looking at the occupation codes (step #6) in the 252000 range.


Work schedule: nine month school year. Some districts have year round classes where teachers work for 45 days followed by 15 days off, repeated throughout the year.

Public schools provide benefits which vary by district.