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Secondary School Teacher Salary

Median pay for Secondary School Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K per year. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $68K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Secondary School Teachers (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Secondary School Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,233 - $67,624
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,261
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90%

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$8.84 - $35.48
(Median)
$8
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,233 - $67,624  
   
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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$30,091 - $67,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $45.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$30,091 - $67,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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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It's not very common for Secondary School Teachers to move on to become Attorneys. Average pay for an Attorney is $81K annually. However, it's more common for Secondary School Teachers to move into roles as High School Teachers or Middle School Teachers.

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Secondary School Teachers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Spanish Language, Math, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Secondary School Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Secondary School Teachers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Secondary School Teachers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $57K.

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 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Math
up arrow 2%

People Management
0%

National Average
$43,000

Masters degree
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%