Secondary School Teacher Salary

Median pay for Secondary School Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $43K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $31K, and the top verges on $67K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Secondary School Teachers is high. There are more female Secondary School Teachers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 61 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,677 - $67,206
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,858
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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
$30,677 - $67,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,114  
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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$30,645 - $67,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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 - $4,114  
   
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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$30,645 - $67,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Secondary School Teachers sometimes assume positions such as Attorneys. That role pays $81K per year on average. Becoming a High School Teacher or a Middle School Teacher is, however, a more typical career progression for Secondary School Teachers.

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Secondary School Teachers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in French Language, Curriculum Planning, English Language, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Masters degree.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.

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 32%

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 7%

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 99 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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