Educator Salary

Earnings for Educators in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Compensation ranges between $26K and $76K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Educators survey respondents are women (74 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,317 - $78,343
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,528
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$9.89 - $26.60
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,317 - $78,343  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,987  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$5,238  
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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$25,703 - $75,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 613
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $26.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,987  
   
Commission
$5,238  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$25,703 - $75,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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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Though some Educators move into positions like Executive Director (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. Moving from an Educator to Elementary School Teacher or High School Teacher is a more common career path, however.

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Survey results suggest that Educators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Teaching, Team Leadership, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Educators. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. Educators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%


Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 13%

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$44,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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