The average salary for a High School Teacher is $47,381 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job.

$33,622 - $72,370
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$34K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,380
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$10.90 - $44.80
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$45
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,622 - $72,370  
   
Bonus
$400.89 - $7,813  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$33,083 - $72,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $44.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$11.00 - $69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$400.89 - $7,813  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$33,083 - $72,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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Job Description for High School Teacher

High school teachers, also called secondary school teachers, provide instruction to students in one or more areas of study within a public or private high school. They may also supervise extracurricular activities, proctor state testing exams, assist with college preparation (such as by writing letters of recommendation), organize field trips, and supervise study hall and/or detention, among other duties. High school teachers prepare lessons to deliver to students, as well as present the lessons in a way that students can easily understand. They must check students' learning with methods such as homework, tests, group work and student presentations. High school teachers must grade students' work in a timely manner, providing feedback that students can use in the class and later in their education.

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High School Teacher Tasks

  • Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
  • Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.
  • Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
  • Maintain student records.

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Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $47,439

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High School Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as a High School Teacher?

High School Teacher in Logan:
"Making differences in kids lives."
Pros: I love teaching my students, getting to know them, and feeling like I make a difference in their lives.
Cons: I hate the government regulations. The RESA that I had to complete for the state department of education was a total joke and waste of my time.

High School Teacher in Santa Monica:
Pros: Great boss/co-workers. Great, motivated students of various backgrounds. Pedagogical freedom. Warm community. Lots of prep time.
Cons: The commute. Requires a lot of extra participation. Sometimes need to finish work from home.

High School Teacher in Los Angeles:
"It Is Fantastic."
Pros: I love influencing students' lives.
Cons: It is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. But it is completely worth it.

High School Teacher in Sunland:
"The Service Of Teaching."
Pros: Making a difference in peoples lives is worth every moment!
Cons: Working for a company that is more of a company than a school is a tight rope to walk on.

High School Teacher in Raleigh:
Pros: Connecting with students and sharing my love of science.
Cons: Classroom management is a very challenging skill to learn.

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Experience Affects High School Teacher Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect High School Teacher Salaries



Curriculum Planning
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Leadership
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Team Leadership
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Foreign Languages (Latin based)
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Chinese, Mandarin Language
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French Language
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Mathematica
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Material Science
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Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Office
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Childhood Education
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English Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 582 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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