Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education) Salary
Middle School Teachers in the United States can expect wages of $50K annually on average. Women make up the majority of Middle School Teachers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Middle School Teachers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education)
Middle school generally consists of grades six, seven and eight, and those who run the classrooms and provide instruction for these students are middle school teachers, who develop lesson plans, provide instruction and homework, issue tests, grade homework and reports, and provide grades and progress reports to students.Read More...
It is typically in middle school when students move from general instruction in the building blocks of education to more specific and detailed lessons to prepare them for high school curricula; as such, middle school teachers are often placed into specialized teaching roles. They may oversee homerooms at the beginning of each day for attendance and information purposes; from there, depending on the school and its size and scope, their roles may vary. In large districts, students may experience their first cycling from classroom to classroom each day with a new teacher for each subject. In smaller districts, middle school teachers may be expected to educate students in a wide range of subjects.
Because middle school students have already been educated in reading comprehension, writing, and basic arithmetic, these teachers must create more detailed and organized lesson plans. They must help their students develop study skills and acquire much-needed knowledge as they progress into high school. Creating detailed progress reports for each student on a regular basis is another important part of the job.
Aspiring middle school teachers should have at least an associate's degree in an educational field. As interns, most serve as aides to both students and teachers while earning their own degrees. In most jurisdictions, a certification and teacher's certificate is also required. Middle school teachers typically work early mornings through late afternoons on weekdays (during the school year) and may also work outside of school to grade papers, quizzes, and tests.
Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education) Tasks
- Create and prepare materials for student activities.
- Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
- Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
- Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.
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Pay by Experience Level for Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Middle School Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Middle School Teachers see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Middle School Teachers make a median salary of $54K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Middle School Teachers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $57K.