Secondary School Teacher Salary

Average Secondary School Teachers in the United States make around $44K per year. Earnings sit near $31K on the lower side but can approach $69K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city 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 57 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Secondary School Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,004 - $69,301
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,910
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$8.36 - $34.77
(Median)
$8
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,004 - $69,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$30,874 - $69,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$30.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$30,874 - $69,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Secondary School Teachers move into roles as Attorneys, where pay is an average $81K per year. It is more probable, however, that Secondary School Teachers become High School Teachers or Middle School Teachers.

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Secondary School Teachers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in French Language, English Language, Curriculum Planning, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Secondary School Teachers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 9%

English Language
up arrow 8%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

People Management
0%

National Average
$44,000

Math
up arrow 2%

Masters degree
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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