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Secondary School Teacher Salary

Secondary School Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $42K per year. Pay generally varies between $30K and $68K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Secondary School Teachers (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,534 - $67,599
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,380
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90%

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$9.04 - $35.75
(Median)
$9
$22
$36
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
$30,534 - $67,599  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
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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$30,449 - $67,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $72.55  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
   
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).
)
$30,449 - $67,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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. A more likely transition for Secondary School Teachers is High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher.

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Survey results show that Secondary School Teachers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, English Language, Spanish Language, and People Management 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.


Secondary School Teachers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. On average, Secondary School Teachers make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $57K.

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 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 11%

English Language
up arrow 11%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Math
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Masters degree
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%
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