Secondary School Teacher Salary

An average Secondary School Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $31K and $69K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-half. Most Secondary School Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Secondary School Teachers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,004 - $69,301
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,910
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$8.36 - $34.77
(Median)
$8
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,004 - $69,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$30,874 - $69,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$30.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$30,874 - $69,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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

  • 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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Secondary School Teachers who advance into the role of an Attorney are fairly uncommon. Attorneys on average earn $81K per year. 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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Pay by Experience Level for Secondary School Teacher

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Secondary School Teachers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $59K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 9%

English Language
up arrow 8%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

People Management
0%

National Average
$44,000

Math
up arrow 2%

Masters degree
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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