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Secondary School Teacher Salary

The average Secondary School Teacher in the United States earns approximately $42K annually. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $68K per year on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Secondary School Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Secondary School Teachers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,330 - $67,876
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,153
10%
50%
90%

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$8.84 - $35.48
(Median)
$8
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$30,330 - $67,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
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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$30,192 - $68,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 659
National Hourly Rate 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$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 - $4,093  
   
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).
)
$30,192 - $68,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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While Secondary School Teachers do not often become Attorneys, the job pays $81K per year on average. More commonly, Secondary School Teachers become High School Teachers or Middle School Teachers.

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Secondary School Teachers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Spanish Language, People Management, and Math are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Masters degree.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Secondary School Teachers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; 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 $51K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

Secondary School Teacher Advice

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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 36%

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 12%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Math
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Masters degree
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 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
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%
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