Secondary School Teachers in the United States take home approximately $48K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women Secondary School Teachers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Secondary School Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,001 - $72,236
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,501
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50%
90%

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$9.13 - $30.49
(Median)
$9
$15
$30
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,001 - $72,236  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $12,723  
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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$30,206 - $72,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $30.49  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$306.39 - $12,723  
   
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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$30,206 - $72,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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. Secondary School Teachers most often move into High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Popular Skills for Secondary School Teacher


Survey results imply that Secondary School Teachers put a diverse skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Masters degree, Microsoft Office, and Math. Most people experienced in Curriculum Planning also know 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $39K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $45K. Secondary School Teachers see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $60K.

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Experience Affects Secondary School Teacher Salaries



National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%


Skills That Affect Secondary School Teacher Salaries

French Language
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000

English Language
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

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 66 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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