Physical Education Teacher Salary
|Salary||$29,403 - $63,527|
|Bonus||$497.77 - $5,930|
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|$28,213 - $61,993|
|Hourly Rate||$9.81 - $25.14|
|Bonus||$497.77 - $5,930|
|Total Pay (||$28,213 - $61,993|
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.Read More...
Usually, a bachelor's degree is required in education, physical education, or a related field. Teachers in public schools and some private schools are required to have a professional certification issued by the state department of education. Entry-level jobs are available, but these usually require student teaching experience. In general, experience working with students of the applicable age level is highly desired.
Typical hours include school hours, which go from early mornings through midafternoons. Teachers may have summers off, depending on the employer. Participation in programs outside of school hours depends on the original job. Coaching usually involves practices in the afternoons, as well as games that could be on nights and weekends.
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
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.
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
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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