Educator Salary

Educators in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $25K to $74K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Educators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Educators making up 74 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,026 - $76,450
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,969
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90%

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$9.84 - $26.60
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,026 - $76,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,414 - $74,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $26.60  
   
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 - $5,000  
   
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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$25,414 - $74,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Educators' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like High School Teacher. On average, High School Teachers get paid about the same as Educators do. Many Educators choose to become Elementary School Teachers and Middle School Teachers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Educators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Childhood Education and Public Speaking. Curriculum Planning and Public Speaking are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Educators. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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 136 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
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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