Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (United States)

Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $43,711 per year. Pay begins at $31,323 on the low end and climbs to $65,980 per year near the top. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and about half collecting vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Middle School Special Education Teachers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$31,709 - $64,989
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MEDIAN: $43,534
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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$9.84 - $33.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,709 - $64,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
Total Pay (?
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$31,323 - $65,980  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $33.14  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $63.02  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $3,015  
   
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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$31,323 - $65,980  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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For Middle School Special Education Teachers, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Middle School Special Education Teachers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Secondary Special Education Teacher.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Middle School Special Education Teachers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Middle School Special Education Teachers in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $39,820 to just $45K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $53K. As Middle School Special Education Teachers reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $64K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Charlotte
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Houston
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National Average
$44,000
Atlanta
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For those looking to make money, Middle School Special Education Teachers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Charlotte (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$44,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$44,000
People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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