Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Secondary School Special Education Teachers making up 72 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,192 - $70,065
$35K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,798
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50%
90%

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$11.17 - $37.35
$11
$18
$37
MEDIAN: $18.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,192 - $70,065  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $9,933  
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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$34,603 - $70,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $37.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.33  
Overtime
$20.36 - $46.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$302.01 - $9,933  
   
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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$34,603 - $70,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Special education teachers in secondary schools help instruct and guide children with mild or moderate disabilities. They adapt a general curriculum so that it meets the specific needs of these individuals and ensure it helps students acquire vital basic skills they will need in the future. Special education teacher identify each student's needs and collaborate with the child's guardians (and possibly therapists, social workers, and other teachers) to ensure the student achieves maximum possible educational development. These teachers' students may have a wide variety of challenges, and individual students' plans may vary widely.

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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Tasks

  • Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
  • Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School


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Secondary School Special Education Teachers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Special Education. The average Director of Special Education brings home $74K per year. Going from Secondary School Special Education Teacher to Middle School Special Education Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Middle School Special Education Teachers is $43K. Many others choose to work as Assistant Principals, where pay is typically $66K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $48K on average. On average, Secondary School Special Education Teachers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. As Secondary School Special Education Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,691

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

With a pay rate for Secondary School Special Education Teachers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Indianapolis (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$49,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Masters degree
▲34%

Teaching
▲23%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▲20%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲19%

Case Management
▲14%

Behavior Management
▲11%

IEP
▲7%

National Average
$49,000


Special Education
▼4%

Counseling
▼6%

IEP writing
▼6%

Childhood Education
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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