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California is home to approximately 6,287,800 students who attend 10,170 schools across the state. Areas of growth are clustered around metropolitan areas - making them ideal for first time teacher applicants to apply with a fair chance of landing a job in a short time. Some of the highest enrolments are clustered around Los Angeles, San Diego, and Long Beach. Starting wage for teachers in California is $41,259 which is slightly lower than the state's per capita personal income. However, teachers' regular salary increases compensate for this. While all teacher applicants are welcome, California's students currently need teachers certified in English, humanities, math, science, and special education.

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California Teacher Salary & Employment

Total Employed

164,910

Salary Range

$63,570 - $117,650

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $63,570 to $117,650 a year in California. There are around ninety thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 9,560 $86,350
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 9,240 $72,980
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande 910 $71,830
Chico 800 $65,810
Yuba City 800 $74,240
Napa 770 $80,670
Bakersfield 5,850 $82,430
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 47,530 $87,120
Fresno 3,710 $80,970
Modesto 2,980 $85,110

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

6,820

Salary Range

$80,260 - $194,500

English teachers have a salary range between $80,260 to $194,500 a year in California, with over 6,820 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 910 $105,870
San Diego, Carlsbad 670 $121,070
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 420 $104,970
Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario 360 $102,920
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 2,850 $138,190
Fresno 180 $128,540

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Learn how to become a high school teacher.

Total Employed

109,840

Salary Range

$69,850 - $115,360

As a high school teacher in California you can expect to make between $69,850 - $115,360. There are around ninety thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
San Diego, Carlsbad 9,060 $83,900
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara 900 $77,110
Yuba City 800 $77,690
Napa 80 $86,600
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 7,810 $88,890
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 7,140 $83,950
Santa Rosa 660 -
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande 540 $77,780
Merced 410 $83,930
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 40,770 $83,430

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Learn how to become a history teacher.

Total Employed

1,380

Salary Range

$76,440 - $184,840

In California, a history teacher's salary may range from $76,440 to $184,840. There are around a thousand employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario 90 $106,150
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 70 $110,870
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 670 $127,460
Fresno 50 $144,240
San Diego, Carlsbad 180 $114,750
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 130 $107,320

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

9,870

Salary Range

$52,240 - $105,590

Kindergarten teachers in California, can earn between $52,240 to $105,590 a year. There are around nine thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
San Diego, Carlsbad 600 $64,610
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 580 $80,080
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 490 $79,230
Hanford, Corcoran 40 $77,800
Yuba City 40 -
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 2,680 $83,610
Stockton, Lodi 240 $74,140
Bakersfield 230 $84,030
Visalia, Porterville 230 $81,160
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 1,990 $52,070

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Math teacher requirements vary by state

Total Employed

329,860

Salary Range

- - $117,650

As a math teacher in California you can expect to make between - - $117,650. California is home to about ninety thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 750 $107,320
San Diego, Carlsbad 650 $118,100
Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario 310 $105,590
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 310 $124,750
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 2,350 $143,390
Fresno 170 $127,330

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

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Total Employed

26,340

Salary Range

$28,460 - $75,500

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $28,460 to $75,500 a year in California. California is home to about twenty six thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Visalia, Porterville 90 $63,340
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 8,570 $46,750
Napa 60 $38,440
Bakersfield 510 $40,160
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 5,050 $48,900
El Centro 50 -
Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura 430 $44,130
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara 410 $44,020
Modesto 330 $39,580
Fresno 310 $50,580

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

53,290

Salary Range

$28,820 - $53,720

In California, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $28,820 to $53,720, with over 53,290 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Bakersfield 800 $34,270
Stockton, Lodi 670 $38,120
Santa Rosa 610 $37,090
Vallejo, Fairfield 610 $41,420
Modesto 590 $48,190
San Diego, Carlsbad 4,590 $36,890
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara 440 $36,750
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 4,220 $40,690
Chico 410 $31,250
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande 380 $33,990

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

School administrator talks to a student

Total Employed

31,960

Salary Range

$42,210 - $167,090

As a school administrator in California you can expect to make between $42,210 - $167,090. California is home to about thirty one thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Bakersfield 90 $46,540
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara 90 $51,060
Santa Cruz, Watsonville 80 $48,250
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 780 $54,040
Vallejo, Fairfield 70 $71,040
Chico 60 $38,610
Modesto 60 $69,860
Salinas 60 $60,330
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande 60 $48,710
Stockton, Lodi 60 $48,250

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 8,160 $135,290
Fresno 680 $121,590
Bakersfield 650 $130,370
Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura 560 $115,450
Stockton, Lodi 510 $126,380
Modesto 380 $150,080
Visalia, Porterville 350 $130,740
Santa Rosa 320 $117,730
Salinas 310 $117,320
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 2,520 $129,070

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

32,650

Salary Range

$52,870 - $124,730

School counselors in California, can earn between $52,870 to $124,730 a year, with over 32,650 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Fresno 970 $86,140
Bakersfield 620 $83,660
Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura 610 $80,490
Salinas 470 $85,620
Stockton, Lodi 470 $79,760
Santa Rosa 410 $68,310
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 3,710 $78,220
Modesto 350 $72,940
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande 350 $72,040
San Diego, Carlsbad 2,800 $73,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Group of children smiling

Total Employed

15,980

Salary Range

$39,710 - $118,210

In California, a special education teacher's salary may range from $39,710 to $118,210. California is home to about fifteen thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 60 $43,800
San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward 50 $62,550

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Merced 90 $93,990
San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara 850 $92,040
Fresno 820 $89,480
Sacramento, Roseville, Arden, Arcade 820 $71,200
Redding 60 $53,540
Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim 4,300 $82,320
Bakersfield 410 $69,540
Stockton, Lodi 290 $73,900
Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario 2,640 $81,260
Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura 260 $71,270

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Largest School Districts in California

School District Schools Teachers
Los Angeles Unified School District 1,011 27,748
San Diego Unified School District 228 5,461
Fresno Unified School District 108 3,036
Elk Grove Unified School District 66 3,012
Long Beach Unified School District 89 2,967
San Francisco Unified School District 128 2,787
San Bernardino City Unified School District 89 2,292
Santa Ana Unified School District 60 2,145
Oakland Unified School District 125 2,105
Corona-Norco Unified School District 52 2,017
San Juan Unified School District 77 1,924
Capistrano Unified School District 63 1,871
Sacramento City Unified School District 87 1,870
Garden Grove Unified School District 67 1,706
Riverside Unified School District 50 1,621
Fontana Unified School District 43 1,613
Sweetwater Union High School District 31 1,575
Clovis Unified School District 47 1,547
Stockton Unified School District 62 1,434
San Jose Unified School District 53 1,414
Kern High School District 25 1,406
Twin Rivers Unified School District 53 1,367
Moreno Valley Unified School District 40 1,350
Fremont Unified School District 43 1,330
Mount Diablo Unified School District 52 1,324
Bakersfield City School District 42 1,308
West Contra Costa Unified School District 59 1,304
Poway Unified School District 38 1,299
San Ramon Valley Unified School District 36 1,262
Lodi Unified School District 54 1,256
Chula Vista Elementary School District 47 1,248
Modesto City Schools 34 1,234
Temecula Valley Unified School District 31 1,160
Chino Valley Unified School District 36 1,127
Orange Unified School District 41 1,118
Montebello Unified School District 30 1,112
San Jose Unified School District 23 1,093
Desert Sands Unified School District 34 1,088
William S. Hart Union High School District 21 1,072
Saddleback Valley Unified School District 35 1,053
Visalia Unified School District 40 1,046
Vista Unified School District 34 1,043
Antelope Valley Union High School District 15 1,031
Pomona Unified School District 43 1,029
Rialto Unified School District 30 1,014
Irvine Unified School District 36 1,008
Colton Joint Unified School District 27 996
Glendale Unified School District 34 995
Compton Unified School District 38 995
Ontario-Montclair School District 32 989

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey 2014

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