Educator Salary

Educators in the United States take home an average $48K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $26K, and the top verges on $76K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Most Educators survey respondents are women (74 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,317 - $78,343
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,528
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$9.89 - $26.60
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,317 - $78,343  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,987  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$5,238  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,703 - $75,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 613
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $26.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,987  
   
Commission
$5,238  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,703 - $75,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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Job Description for Educator

Educator is a general description that applies to many different professionals; some common types of educators include Pre-K teachers, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, and postsecondary instructors. However, educators can work in many different fields from schools to hospitals to colleges. Generally, though, educators have a proven knowledge of a field and help others to gain knowledge in their area of knowledge

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Educator Tasks

  • Develop academic curriculums.
  • Monitor, set, and assess students' progress and goals.
  • Teach several subjects or a single class to K-12 or vocational schools.

Common Career Paths for Educator


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Though it's uncommon, some Educators move into roles as Executive Directors, where pay is an average $74K per year. A more common career path for Educators is stepping into the role of Elementary School Teacher or High School Teacher.

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Educators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Teaching, Team Leadership, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Public Speaking. Aptitude in Curriculum Planning tends to also indicate an understanding of Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Educators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. Educators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Educators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $57K.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%


Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 13%

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$44,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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