Educators in the United States take home an average $49K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Educators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Educators making up 74 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,946 - $80,798
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,083
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90%

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$9.56 - $29.11
(Median)
$9
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,946 - $80,798  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $9,965  
Commission
$3,150  
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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$25,895 - $79,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $29.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$14.69 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$197.27 - $9,965  
   
Commission
$3,150  
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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$25,895 - $79,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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There are some Educators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Executive Directors, where earnings are an average $75K annually. However, Educators typically graduate to Elementary School Teachers or High School Teachers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $35K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%


National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%


Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 12%

Training
up arrow 8%


Teaching
up arrow 5%

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000


Program Development
up arrow 7%

Program Management
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 17%

Childhood Education
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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