Physical Education Teacher Salary

An average Physical Education Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Physical Education Teachers. Male Physical Education Teachers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,192 - $65,866
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,432
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$9.30 - $25.82
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$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,192 - $65,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$28,621 - $65,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $25.82  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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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$28,621 - $65,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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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For Physical Education Teachers, progressing to an Athletic Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Athletic Director can earn $54K annually. An Elementary School Teacher or a Middle School Teacher is a typical transition from a Physical Education Teacher role.

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $39K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Physical Education Teachers make a median salary of $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,355

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

For Physical Education Teachers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Physical Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in El Paso (+22 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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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


Coaching
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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