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Secondary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Secondary School Teachers in the United States typically comes in around $41K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The greater part enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. More than half of Secondary School Teachers (63 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies 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  
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  
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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It's not very common for Secondary School Teachers to move on to become Attorneys. Typical pay for an Attorney is $80K annually. However, becoming a High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher is a more frequent transition for Secondary School Teachers.

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Survey takers who work as Secondary School Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Curriculum Planning and Math are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 6 percent respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Secondary School Teachers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to a tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-tenth.

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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With a pay rate for Secondary School Teachers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Secondary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent) and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (9 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 24%
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
up arrow 9%
Math
up arrow 6%
National Average
$41,000
Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

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%