Secondary School Teacher Salary

An average Secondary School Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $43K per year. Earnings sit near $31K on the lower side but can approach $68K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Secondary School Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Secondary School Teachers (61 percent) survey participants are women. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,692 - $67,673
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,894
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$8.95 - $36.06
(Median)
$8
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,692 - $67,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$30,661 - $67,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $36.06  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$30,661 - $67,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Secondary School Teacher

Secondary school teachers generally work in a middle school or high school environment and administer lessons to students. This often involves teaching large classes of students, so it is important to show authority and be able to control a large group of people. Some students may have behavioral problems, so it is important not only to help administer coursework, but also to help shape student personality and behavior.

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Secondary School Teacher Tasks

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Secondary School Teacher


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While not commonly seen, Secondary School Teachers who transition into an Attorney position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Attorneys is $81K per year. However, becoming a High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher is a more frequent transition for Secondary School Teachers.

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Secondary School Teachers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in French Language, Curriculum Planning, English Language, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Masters degree.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

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


Secondary School Teachers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Secondary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $58K.

Secondary School Teacher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Secondary School Teacher in Thompson:
Make sure you love and value learning and don't choose teaching as a career just for the summers off.

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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 16%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 10%

English Language
up arrow 10%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Math
0%

National Average
$43,000

Masters degree
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%
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