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Physical Education Teacher Salary (United States)

Physical Education Teachers in the United States can expect wages of $40K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male Physical Education Teachers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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Physical Education Teacher Salary (?
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$27,364 - $63,471
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MEDIAN: $40,180
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Physical Education Teacher Salary (?
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$8.29 - $26.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,364 - $63,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,122  
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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$26,428 - $63,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$8.60 - $40.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,122  
   
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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$26,428 - $63,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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As Physical Education Teachers transition into upper-level roles such as Athletic Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Athletic Directors on average earn $51K per year.

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Physical Education Teachers report a narrow range of specific 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $37K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. For Physical Education Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Physical Education Teachers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $61K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$40,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Physical Education Teachers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Physical Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent) and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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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
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Coaching
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National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 16%