Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

An average Middle School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. Compensation ranges between $31K and $67K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,894 - $65,799
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,493
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$9.47 - $32.79
(Median)
$9
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,894 - $65,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
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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$31,436 - $66,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $32.79  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $50.68  
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 - $2,349  
   
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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$31,436 - $66,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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 sometimes move into a Resource Teacher role, where the salary is similar.

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Survey takers who work as Middle School Special Education Teachers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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


Middle School Special Education Teachers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Middle School Special Education Teachers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

Special Education Teacher, Middle School Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Education Teacher, Middle School in Jersey City:
"That the pay does not equal job performance."
I would learn about the politics of the job and the behaviors of the teachers and the administration before I joined the profession.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%


People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 14%
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