Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Middle School Special Education Teachers is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Middle School Special Education Teachers making up 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,219 - $68,016
$35K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,681
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$10.11 - $45.35
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$45
MEDIAN: $20.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,219 - $68,016  
   
Bonus
$1,750 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$34,884 - $68,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $45.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,750 - $6,000  
   
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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$34,884 - $68,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Middle School


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For Middle School Special Education Teachers, progressing to an Elementary School Principal role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Elementary School Principal can earn $74K annually. Middle School Special Education Teachers most often advance into Secondary School Special Education Teacher and Resource Teacher positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Pay by Experience for a Special Education Teacher, Middle School has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Teacher, Middle School with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 251 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Teacher, Middle School with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 178 salaries. An experienced Special Education Teacher, Middle School which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 155 salaries. A Special Education Teacher, Middle School with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,691

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Middle School Special Education Teachers, 37 percent above the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Workers in Columbus and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$48,000

▼3%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
▲8%

National Average
$48,000


Curriculum Planning
▼3%

Special Education
▼13%

People Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 15%
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