Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Middle School Special Education Teachers making up 77 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,615 - $66,932
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$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,997
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$9.88 - $45.51
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,615 - $66,932  
   
Bonus
$1,485 - $5,918  
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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$34,286 - $67,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 556
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $45.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,485 - $5,918  
   
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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$34,286 - $67,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Elementary School Principal, where median compensation is $74K annually. Middle School Special Education Teachers most often move into positions as Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Resource Teachers. Secondary School Special Education Teachers actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Resource Teachers earn $3K less per year than Middle School Special Education Teachers do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $43K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $59K.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 10%

National Average
$47,000


Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Special Education
up arrow 12%

People Management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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