Secondary School Teachers in the United States take home an average $47K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Secondary School Teachers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,117 - $71,840
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$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,173
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$9.74 - $39.45
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,117 - $71,840  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $12,605  
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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$29,661 - $71,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 664
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$154.56 - $12,605  
   
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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$29,661 - $71,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

  • Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
  • Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.

Common Career Paths for Secondary School Teacher


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Though not the most common occurrence, Secondary School Teachers sometimes become Attorneys, where the average income is $81K per year. Secondary School Teachers most frequently advance into High School Teacher and Middle School Teacher roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Secondary School Teacher


Survey results suggest that Secondary School Teachers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in French Language, English Language, Curriculum Planning, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Masters degree, Microsoft Office, and Math. Those educated in Curriculum Planning tend to be well versed in Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

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


Secondary School Teachers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $39K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Secondary School Teachers make a median salary of $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

Secondary School Teacher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Secondary School Teacher?

Secondary School Teacher in East Springfield:
"It's rewarding but frustrating."
Pros: I like the fact that I can work in a nice, homey environment where everyone feels like family.
Cons: I don't like the extremely low pay.

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Key Stats for Secondary School Teacher

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher Salaries



National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 6%

English Language
0%

National Average
$47,000



People Management
up arrow 6%

Math
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Masters degree
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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