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

Slightly more than half of Secondary School Teachers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $27K to $73K per year, and the average comes out to $41K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Secondary School Teachers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. For the most part, Secondary School Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,188 - $74,497
MEDIAN: $40,985

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$27,278 - $73,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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.

For many Secondary School Teachers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. On average, Secondary School Teachers make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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.


68 %
32 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%