Educator Salary

The average Educator in the United States earns approximately $47K per year. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $74K per year on the high end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Educators making up 74 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,163 - $76,722

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$9.83 - $25.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,163 - $76,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
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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$25,414 - $74,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $25.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
   
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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$25,414 - $74,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 advance into roles as Elementary School Teachers or Middle School Teachers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Educators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Childhood Education and Public Speaking. Curriculum Planning and Public Speaking are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Educator

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Educators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $57K.

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Experience Affects Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Educator Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$44,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 4%

Childhood Education
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 17%
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