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.
|Salary||$35,219 - $68,016|
|Bonus||$1,750 - $6,000|
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|$34,884 - $68,805|
|Hourly Rate||$10.11 - $45.35|
|Bonus||$1,750 - $6,000|
|Total Pay (||$34,884 - $68,805|
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.Read More...
Special education teachers are expected to take a hands-on approach to educating the students in their classroom. This typically involves tailoring achievement goals and testing for each student's unique needs. The special education teacher is expected to closely monitor the progress of students and provide regular feedback to supervisors and parents. For a teacher at the middle school level, the primary focus is preparing students in the program for high school-level special education and developing a continuing written assessment of the students' progress and abilities for their future educators.
Special education teachers in middle schools must possess a strong background in education. Most schools require at least a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on special education, and private and charter schools are likely to prefer teachers with postgraduate education and certification. Special education teachers need patience, warmth, and empathy, and they typically work during the school year from early mornings until the evenings.
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
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.
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
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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