Educator Salary (United States)

Educators in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $42,609 annually. Compensation ranges from $25,489 on the low end to $70,734 per year on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 77 percent of workers. For the most part, Educators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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' salaries tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like High School Teacher get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles. 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 many Educators, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Salaries can reach $40K from $36K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $51K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Educators earning an average of $53K per year. 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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For Educators, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (-6 percent) and New York (-2 percent).

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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%
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