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Educator Salary

The average Educator in the United States earns approximately $46K per year. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $73K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Educators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Educators making up 74 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,998 - $74,915
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,301
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$9.88 - $26.46
(Median)
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$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,998 - $74,915  
   
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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$25,845 - $72,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $26.46  
   
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 - $4,966  
   
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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$25,845 - $72,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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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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As Educators transition into upper-level roles like High School Teachers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. High School Teachers earn the same amount as Educators on average. Educators most often move into Elementary School Teacher or Middle School Teacher roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Survey results show that 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Public Speaking. Public Speaking is a skill commonly found among those who know Curriculum Planning.

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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Educators make a median salary of $51K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 16%

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 147 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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