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Secondary School Teacher, (but not Special and Vocational Education) Salary

The majority of Secondary School Teachers in the United States — over one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $27K to $71K per year, and the median is $41K per year. Most Secondary School Teachers survey respondents are women (73 percent). Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Secondary School Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$27,812 - $71,040
MEDIAN: $40,985

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$27,812 - $71,040  
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$27,054 - $70,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Job Description for Secondary School Teacher, (but not Special and Vocational Education)

  • Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
  • Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.
  • Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
  • Maintain student records.

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Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher, (but not Special and Vocational Education)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Secondary School Teachers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Secondary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Secondary School Teachers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $55K.

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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher, (but not Special and Vocational Education) Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


73 %
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 7%