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Educator Salary

Educators in the United States take home approximately $45K annually on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26K and $71K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Educators make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$29,627 - $72,233
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,447
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$9.97 - $28.56
(Median)
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$16
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,627 - $72,233  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,924  
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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$25,527 - $71,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $28.56  
   
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 - $4,924  
   
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).
)
$25,527 - $71,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 sometimes move into a High School Teacher role, where the salary is similar. Educators most frequently advance into Elementary School Teacher and Middle School Teacher roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Educators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Employees educated in Curriculum Planning are typically practiced in Public Speaking, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


For Educators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Educators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Educators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 10%

Team Leadership
up arrow 9%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 16%