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

Secondary School Teachers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $44K annually on average but can range from $28K to $70K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,724 - $71,327
MEDIAN: $43,637

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$30,724 - $71,327  
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$28,383 - $70,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Secondary School Teachers. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Secondary School Teachers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


69 %
31 %

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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 8%