Physical Education Teachers in the United States take home an average $42K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Physical Education Teachers (62 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Physical Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,834 - $64,265
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MEDIAN: $42,153
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$9.81 - $25.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,834 - $64,265  
   
Bonus
$500 - $5,120  
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$29,135 - $62,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$19.40  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$500 - $5,120  
   
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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$29,135 - $62,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Physical Education Teachers who go on to become Athletic Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Athletic Directors is $54K annually. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher or a Middle School Teacher is often the next step for a 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.


Physical Education Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Physical Education Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $43K. Physical Education Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,752

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

For those looking to make money, Physical Education Teachers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Physical Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in El Paso (+21 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Newark and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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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 34 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Coaching
up arrow 3%

Personal Trainer
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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