Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Median pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $48K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Middle School Special Education Teachers is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Middle School Special Education Teachers are female. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,951 - $68,559
$36K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,333
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$10.36 - $50.68
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$51
MEDIAN: $20.52
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$0$69K
Salary $35,951 - $68,559
Bonus $306.39 - $6,040
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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$35,619 - $69,412
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 545
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $10.36 - $50.68
Hourly Tips $0.41
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $306.39 - $6,040
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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$35,619 - $69,412
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

  • 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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Middle School Special Education Teachers who transition into an Elementary School Principal role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $74K per year. Many Middle School Special Education Teachers advance into roles as Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Resource Teachers, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $5K 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: $48,322

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

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Middle School Special Education Teachers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Middle School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Baltimore (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Atlanta (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$48,000

▼4%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
▲7%

National Average
$48,000


Curriculum Planning
▼4%

Special Education
▼14%

People Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 15%
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