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Educator Salary

For Educators, yearly average wages total $46K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $73K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Educators report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Most Educators survey respondents are women (74 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,073 - $75,023
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,473
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$9.90 - $26.43
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$30,073 - $75,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$25,670 - $72,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 536
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $26.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.62  
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 - $4,966  
   
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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$25,670 - $72,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like High School Teacher. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Educators most frequently become Elementary School Teachers and Middle School Teachers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Educators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 Public Speaking. Many workers who know Curriculum Planning also know Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


Educators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Educators bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Educators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $55K.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 7%

Team Leadership
up arrow 7%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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