Secondary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Secondary School Teachers in the United States typically take home $41,191 annually. Pay starts at $29,964 and can approach $66,002 per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and 44 percent get vision insurance. There are more female Secondary School Teachers than male, making up 63 percent of individuals in this profession. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Secondary School Teacher Salary (?
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$30,239 - $65,106
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MEDIAN: $40,925
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Secondary School Teacher Salary (?
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$9.08 - $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,239 - $65,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$29,964 - $66,002  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $35.00  
   
Overtime
$13.00 - $45.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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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$29,964 - $66,002  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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Though some Secondary School Teachers move into positions like Lawyer (where salaries climb a decent $39K), this progression is not the norm. 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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Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Secondary School Teachers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Though starting salaries approximate $37K, they climb to $44K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $51K. As Secondary School Teachers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$41,000
Denver
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Phoenix
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Detroit
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For Secondary School Teachers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Secondary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent) and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -9 percent in Phoenix and -4 percent in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
$41,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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Math
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National Average
$41,000
Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 14%
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