Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary

Median pay for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $45K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority (90 percent) of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who took the survey are female. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,930 - $65,225
$30K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,847
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$9.72 - $30.76
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MEDIAN: $14.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,930 - $65,225  
   
Bonus
$185.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$25,364 - $65,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $30.76  
   
Overtime
$12.97 - $41.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$185.00 - $5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$25,364 - $65,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 457

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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

Special education teachers in elementary school work with young students who face various learning disabilities. They may aim to help students transition into regular classes, or simply help them improve functionality. Every student should be evaluated separately, as the limitations and abilities of each student vary greatly. The job may occasionally involve assisting students with hygiene or mobility, so it is important to have necessary physical strength, as well.

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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Tasks

  • Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
  • Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


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While not commonly seen, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who transition into an Elementary School Principal position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Elementary School Principals is $74K per year. However, it's more common for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers to move into roles as Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Special Education Teacher, Middle Schools.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers fill the offices of leading firms Head Start, Milwaukee Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, YMCA, and Chicago Public Schools. New York City Department of Education attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $58K.

Popular Skills for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autism, Bilingual, IEP, and Behavior Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Special Needs as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Teaching also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Childhood Education are similarly competent in Special Education and Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

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


For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $43K. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,840

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+13 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Orlando and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School?

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in West New York:
"Honesty."
Pros: Although we follow routines and daily schedules no day is ever the same and that is what I enjoy most.
Cons: I can't help when problems arise at home for example behaviors.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in South Africa:
Pros: I like working with kids very much.kids are the gift from God.child development it is very challenge that is y I like my job.teaching the young kid id very nice.
Cons: When is parents meeting it id very difficult because they quarrelling about how the kids they are counting the number s or not knowing the colors.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

up arrow 20%

Bilingual
up arrow 18%

IEP
up arrow 15%

Behavior Management
up arrow 5%


IEP writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000



Masters degree
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

ABA
up arrow 2%

Sign Language
up arrow 8%

Teaching
up arrow 12%

People Management
up arrow 16%

Special Needs
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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