Physical Education Teacher Salary

Physical Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $41K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Male Physical Education Teachers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Physical Education Teachers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,455 - $64,894
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$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,640
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$8.36 - $25.97
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,455 - $64,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Total Pay (?
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$27,389 - $64,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 605
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $25.97  
   
Overtime
$8.09 - $40.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
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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$27,389 - $64,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 go on to become Athletic Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Athletic Directors is $52K annually.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Physical Education Teachers who took the survey. Health Education and Coaching are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $42K. Physical Education Teachers see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $63K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 54%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Physical Education Teacher Salaries


Coaching
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 14%