Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

An average Secondary School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Secondary School Special Education Teachers making up 70 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Secondary School Special Education Teachers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,628 - $72,270
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$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,398
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$10.66 - $41.43
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$0$72K
Salary $35,628 - $72,270
Bonus $300.00 - $9,826
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$34,943 - $72,925
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,296
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $10.66 - $41.43
Hourly Tips $8.33
Overtime $17.13 - $46.02
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $300.00 - $9,826
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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$34,943 - $72,925
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 73

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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 who go on to become Directors of Special Education may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Special Education is $74K annually. A Middle School Special Education Teacher role is the most prevalent career advancement for Secondary School Special Education Teachers. Paychecks for that role are $43K on average. The Assistant Principal position is another common transition for Secondary School Special Education Teachers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $66K mark.

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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: $49,402

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

For Secondary School Special Education Teachers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Indianapolis (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and St. Louis (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Special Education Teacher, Secondary School?

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Riverside:
"Special Education Teaching."
Pros: Everyday is a new day. It can be challenging as well as rewarding. A good professional director is definitely a plus and one who will back you up when needed. I like having a supportive supervisor who will listen to me and the challenges I encounter and who will assist me when needed. I like dealing with children from different backgrounds and who have come from dysfunctional families. I enjoy the challenge the students bring on a day to day basis. It helps make the job more interseting. I love children and like to help them figure out what it is that they want from life and how they are going to meet thier goals, short-term as well as long-term. I like having a good repport with the caretakers as it helps me get to know my students better and enables me to help them through tough times at home as well as at school.
Cons: I don't like supervisors who are not supportive and will leave you out to dry. I don't like dealing with rude parents who are in denial and feel that their child is really trying and it's the teacher who is at fault. I try real hard to develop a good rapport with caregivers so I can speak to them on the phone, via e-mail, or meet with them in person about their child's goals, objectives and behaviors. I'm not always respected by the students and feel that they are sometimes unmotivated and need to be more ambitious and respectful of adults in general. Students I have dealt with insome schools that I have worked at are often not serious about how important it is to have an education because they often don't come from educated parents or parents who believe that it is important to have a good education. Most teachers are challenged by the fact that students are often hungry, not interseted in an education and would rather be out on the street selling drugs.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

▲27%

▲7%

National Average
$49,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Masters degree
▲32%

Teaching
▲21%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲17%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▲11%

Behavior Management
▲10%


IEP
▲5%

IEP writing
▲1%

Autism
▼0%

National Average
$49,000

Special Education
▼3%


Counseling
▼7%

Childhood Education
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 12%
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