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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (United States)

Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $31K to $66K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of Middle School Special Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$31,709 - $64,989
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MEDIAN: $43,534
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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$9.84 - $33.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,709 - $64,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
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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$31,323 - $65,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $33.14  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
   
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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$31,323 - $65,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

A middle school special education teacher typically educates students with disabilities in sixth to eighth grade. These students, normally about 10 to 14 years of age, have mental and/or physical disabilities that make special education outside regular classrooms (for part or all of the day) optimal for their development. The special education teacher helps design and execute a curriculum that fosters achievement and the intellectual development of their students.
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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Tasks
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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Middle School Special Education Teachers who go on to become Secondary School Special Education Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. Typically, a Secondary School Special Education Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $43K.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers report a narrow range of specific skills. Childhood Education and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Middle School Special Education Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $45K. Middle School Special Education Teachers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Charlotte
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Houston
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National Average
$44,000
Atlanta
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Middle School Special Education Teachers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Charlotte (+12 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$44,000
People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%