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Physical Education Teacher Salary (United States)

A Physical Education Teacher earns an average salary of $39,992 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Physical Education Teacher Salary (?
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$26,998 - $62,965
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,992
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Physical Education Teacher Salary (?
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$8.65 - $33.40
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,998 - $62,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,664  
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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$26,459 - $63,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.65 - $33.40  
   
Overtime
$12.13 - $40.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,664  
   
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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$26,459 - $63,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Physical Education Teacher

Physical education teachers shoulder the burden of trying to battle the nation-wide obesity epidemic among children as their job of keeping kids active has become much more critical with so many adolescents in desperate need of physical fitness. Teachers who instruct physical education typically design a fun and active physical activity lesson that is relevant to the required curriculum by state guidelines. Physical education instructors may vary in the way they decide to construct their particular curriculum, often depending on the age group they are in charge of. Many teachers choose to make the class a fun and exciting opportunity for students to learn the values of competition through physical activity, be it through various games, challenges, running, or other similar events and exercises. More and more however, physical education teachers are incorporating health and nutritional instruction into their daily lessons, as it is now being required in many areas. Physical education teachers vary on how they ultimately grade their students' performance in their class as it can sometimes be based on varying criteria. Some will simply evaluate their students' overall attitude and amount of participation in their class, while others may set certain physical goals and them grade accordingly. There is no denying that being a physical education teacher in today's society comes with a greater sense of urgency and importance than ever before, as in many cases, a physical education teacher may be the only guidance to health and physical activity that a child has in their life.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Physical Education Teacher

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 27%
Washington
up arrow 27%
Chicago
up arrow 6%
Los Angeles
up arrow 3%
National Average
$40,000
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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Health Education
up arrow 2%
Coaching
up arrow 2%
National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 17%