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Secondary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Secondary School Teachers in the United States take home approximately $41K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $30K, and the higher rates verge on $66K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Secondary School Teachers (63 percent) who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Secondary School Teacher Salary (?
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$30,206 - $66,120
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41K
51K
66K
MEDIAN: $41,444
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Secondary School Teacher Salary (?
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$9.16 - $36.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,206 - $66,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,102  
Total Pay (?
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$30,044 - $66,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 604
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$13.00 - $45.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,102  
   
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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$30,044 - $66,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Secondary School Teacher

A secondary school teacher works to further the education of all of his or her students. Secondary school teachers are required to instruct via lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and any other methods they find useful in one or more subjects. A secondary school teacher must also be capable of enforcing behavioral and procedural rules in the classroom in order to maintain an optimal learning environment. The secondary school teacher creates, administers, and grades tests and assignments in order to evaluate student progress. It is important that a secondary school teacher work well with young adults and be able to instruct them and facilitate learning.
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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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There are some Secondary School Teachers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Attorneys, where earnings are an average $80K annually. A more common career path for Secondary School Teachers is stepping into the role of High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher.

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Survey takers who work as Secondary School Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Math, People Management, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Secondary School Teachers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. On average, Secondary School Teachers make $51K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $55K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Denver
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National Average
$42,000
Detroit
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Phoenix
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For Secondary School Teachers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Secondary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit.

Secondary School Teacher Advice

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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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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Math
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People Management
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National Average
$42,000
Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 13%