Earnings for Physical Education Teachers in the United States come in at around $42K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Men account for the majority of Physical Education Teachers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Most Physical Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,863 - $63,911
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$64K
MEDIAN: $41,994
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$9.84 - $25.26
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,863 - $63,911  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$29,288 - $62,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 529
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$19.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$487.96 - $5,087  
   
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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$29,288 - $62,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Physical Education Teacher

A physical education teacher is responsible for developing instructional plans that encourage physical activity in students ranging from kindergarten through college. These typically include organized games and sports. The teacher needs to be able to both maintain order and improve student learning. The teacher should be able to work with students of all abilities and accommodate disabled students. Knowledge of basic first aid is necessary, as injuries can occur in any sport. In many schools, physical education teachers also are responsible for instructing classes in other topics, such as health or driver’s education. Secondary school teachers often coach a varsity or junior varsity team at the school, though this is not usually required.

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Physical Education Teacher Tasks

  • Oversee student interactions and create a safe, hygienic, respectful environment.
  • Inventory, clean, maintain and organize workspace and related areas.
  • Plan, organize and supervise physical education activities and instruction.
  • Adjust activities for special needs, weather conditions or other causes.

Common Career Paths for Physical Education Teacher


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Physical Education Teachers who transition into an Athletic Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $54K per year. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher or a Middle School Teacher is a common transition from a Physical Education Teacher role.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physical Education Teacher

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $43K. Physical Education Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,626

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Physical Education Teachers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Physical Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in El Paso (+21 percent) and Washington (+16 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Health Education
up arrow 4%

Coaching
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Personal Trainer
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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