Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Secondary School Special Education Teachers making up 74 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,317 - $71,184
$35K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,087
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50%
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$10.83 - $35.96
$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,317 - $71,184  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$34,617 - $71,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $35.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.33  
Overtime
$17.38 - $45.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$350.00 - $10,000  
   
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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$34,617 - $71,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School


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For Secondary School Special Education Teachers, progressing to a Director of Special Education role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Special Education can earn $74K annually. Becoming a Middle School Special Education Teacher is, more often than not, the most common role that Secondary School Special Education Teachers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Middle School Special Education Teacher is $43K. Another frequent advance is for Secondary School Special Education Teachers to assume an Assistant Principal role; in this role, workers often take home $66K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Pay by Experience for a Special Education Teacher, Secondary School has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Teacher, Secondary School with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 511 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Teacher, Secondary School with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 345 salaries. An experienced Special Education Teacher, Secondary School which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 376 salaries. A Special Education Teacher, Secondary School with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,998

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Secondary School Special Education Teachers, 30 percent above the national average. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Indianapolis (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent. Philadelphia and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 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

▲28%

▲8%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Masters degree
▲33%

Teaching
▲22%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲18%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▲12%

Behavior Management
▲11%


IEP
▲6%

IEP writing
▲2%

Autism
▲1%

National Average
$49,000

Special Education
▼2%


Counseling
▼7%

Childhood Education
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

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: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 11%
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