Educator Salary (United States)

Educators in the United States typically take home $42,609 per year. Pay begins at $25,489 on the low end and climbs to $70,734 per year near the top. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and about half have vision insurance. Most Educators are women (77 percent). Most Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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  
   
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  
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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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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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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Educators do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like High School Teacher will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field. Educators most often move into positions as Elementary School Teachers or Middle School Teachers, where they typically take pay cuts of $3,291 or $1,055 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Educator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Educators, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $36K to $40K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $51K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Educators at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $53K. Educators with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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National Average
$43,000
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Educators will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Educators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent) and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Seattle is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and New York (-6 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 19%
National Average
$43,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 12%
National Average
$43,000
Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%
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%
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