Educator Salary

An average Educator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $74K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Educators make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Educators. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,047 - $76,533
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $47,150
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50%
90%

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$9.84 - $26.14
(Median)
$9
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,047 - $76,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
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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$25,403 - $74,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 538
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
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).
)
$25,403 - $74,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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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Educators may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as High School Teacher. High School Teachers on average make about as much as Educators do. Many Educators advance into roles as Elementary School Teachers or Middle School Teachers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Educators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Childhood Education and Public Speaking. Experience with Curriculum Planning is often linked with knowledge of Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Educators. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Educators make a median salary of $52K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $57K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 17%
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