Secondary School Teacher Salary

Earnings for Secondary School Teachers in the United States come in at around $47K per year on average. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. For the most part, Secondary School Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,852 - $72,221
$31K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,477
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$9.50 - $40.77
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MEDIAN: $15.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,852 - $72,221  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $5,152  
Total Pay (?
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$29,663 - $72,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.50 - $40.77  
   
Overtime
$28.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$293.61 - $5,152  
   
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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$29,663 - $72,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

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

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. Secondary School Teachers most frequently advance into High School Teacher and Middle School Teacher roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Secondary School Teacher


Survey results show that Secondary School Teachers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in French Language, English Language, Curriculum Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Masters degree, Microsoft Office, and Spanish Language. Those proficient in Curriculum Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

Pay by Experience for a Secondary School Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Secondary School Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 288 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Secondary School Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Secondary School Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 210 salaries. A Secondary School Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 121 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,754

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Secondary School Teachers, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Secondary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), San Antonio (+6 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (19 percent less) and Miami (9 percent less).

Secondary School Teacher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Secondary School Teacher?

Secondary School Teacher in East Springfield:
"It's rewarding but frustrating."
Pros: I like the fact that I can work in a nice, homey environment where everyone feels like family.
Cons: I don't like the extremely low pay.

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Key Stats for Secondary School Teacher

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher Salaries

▲29%

▲11%

National Average
$47,000

▼6%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
▲5%


National Average
$47,000


People Management
▼6%


Math
▼7%

Microsoft Office
▼8%

Masters degree
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 20%
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