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Educator Salary (United States)

Pay for Educators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Pay generally varies between $25K and $71K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Men working as Educators are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 77 percent of workers. Most Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Educator Salary (?
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$29,599 - $71,499
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MEDIAN: $45,230
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Educator Salary (?
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$9.92 - $29.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,599 - $71,499  
   
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$0.00 - $4,939  
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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$25,489 - $70,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.37  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
   
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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$25,489 - $70,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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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Lower-level Educators may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Many Educators advance into roles as Elementary School Teachers or Middle School Teachers, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Educators report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Teaching, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Competency in Curriculum Planning frequently indicates knowledge of Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. For Educators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K. The majority of Educators have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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National Average
$43,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Educators, 39 percent higher than the national average. Educators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent) and Chicago (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Seattle. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (6 percent lower) and New York (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$43,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
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National Average
$43,000
Curriculum Planning
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 16%