Physical Education Teacher Salary

The average Physical Education Teacher in the United States earns approximately $42K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Physical Education Teachers. There are more male Physical Education Teachers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 62 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,403 - $63,527
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$42K
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MEDIAN: $41,841
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$9.81 - $25.14
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MEDIAN: $17.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,403 - $63,527  
   
Bonus
$497.77 - $5,930  
Total Pay (?
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$28,213 - $61,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $25.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$12.00  
Overtime
$19.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$497.77 - $5,930  
   
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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$28,213 - $61,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Physical Education Teacher


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At the upper end, Physical Education Teachers who move into an Athletic Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Athletic Directors is a much higher $54K per year. A Physical Education Teacher may also move into a role as an Elementary School Teacher or a Middle School Teacher.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physical Education Teacher

Pay by Experience for a Physical Education Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Physical Education Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Physical Education Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Physical Education Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 92 salaries. A Physical Education Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 51 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,524

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Physical Education Teachers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Physical Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in El Paso (+21 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Newark and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Physical Education Teacher

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Experienced
▲21%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Coaching
▼2%

Personal Trainer
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 19%
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