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Physical Education Teacher Salary

Physical Education Teachers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $41K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Physical Education Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Physical Education Teachers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,015 - $64,931
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$29K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,939
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$8.78 - $25.81
(Median)
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$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,015 - $64,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
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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$28,217 - $64,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$8.09 - $40.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
   
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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$28,217 - $64,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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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Physical Education Teachers who transition into an Athletic Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $52K per year.

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Physical Education Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Health Education and Coaching are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Physical Education Teacher

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


Physical Education Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K 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 $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

Physical Education Teacher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Physical Education Teacher in New York:
"People hate teachers, and there is zero discipline."
Start later in life after you try a different job or career first. You must work until you are 63 and reach your maximum pension at 30 years anyway.

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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


Coaching
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 14%
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