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.

$34,155 - $77,566
MEDIAN: $49,544

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$34,155 - $77,566  
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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).
$27,000 - $71,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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.


Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education) Tasks

  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.

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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.

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Experience Affects Middle School Teacher (except Special and Vocational Education) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


67 %
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 6%