Physical Education Teacher Salary

Physical Education Teachers in the United States can expect wages of $41K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Physical Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Physical Education Teachers are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,141 - $66,019
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,077
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$8.78 - $25.21
(Median)
$8
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,141 - $66,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$28,264 - $65,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $25.21  
   
Overtime
$7.95 - $39.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$28,264 - $65,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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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 $52K per year.

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Survey results show that Physical Education Teachers typically report just a few professional 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.


For many Physical Education Teachers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $39K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 Grand Prairie:
"Loving what your doing."
Do not enter a classroom with students trying to be their best friend. Always set boundaries and your students will appreciate you more. They want discipline, respect and attention.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

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Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


Coaching
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 12%
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