Secondary School Teacher Salary

The average Secondary School Teacher in the United States earns approximately $43K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $31K to $68K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Secondary School Teachers is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,865 - $67,222

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$8.63 - $37.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,865 - $67,222  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,140  
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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$30,865 - $67,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $37.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,140  
   
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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$30,865 - $67,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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. However, Secondary School Teachers typically graduate to 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, Curriculum Planning, English Language, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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. 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. Secondary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. 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 $58K on average.

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
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 16%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 7%

English Language
up arrow 6%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Math
0%

National Average
$44,000

Masters degree
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 14%
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