Educator Salary

Educators in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $26K, and the top verges on $73K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Educators survey respondents are women (75 percent). Work is enjoyable for Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,156 - $74,909
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,388
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$10.00 - $27.81
(Median)
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$16
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,156 - $74,909  
   
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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$26,168 - $72,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $27.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$26,168 - $72,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like High School Teacher. The two jobs pay about the same on average. 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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Public Speaking. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. For Educators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, 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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%