Physical Education Teacher Salary

Earnings for Physical Education Teachers in the United States come in at around $41K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Physical Education Teachers are male. Most Physical Education Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,252 - $65,990

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$8.89 - $25.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,252 - $65,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,060  
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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$28,737 - $65,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $25.54  
   
Overtime
$7.95 - $39.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,060  
   
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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$28,737 - $65,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 takers who work as 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Physical Education Teachers. 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 $42K. Physical Education Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $63K.

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Experience Affects Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


National Average
$41,000

Coaching
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 12%
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