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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

The average Middle School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $44K per year. Pay generally varies between $31K and $66K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,882 - $65,583
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,360
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50%
90%

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$9.34 - $33.45
(Median)
$9
$19
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,882 - $65,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
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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$31,423 - $66,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $33.45  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
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).
)
$31,423 - $66,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Many Middle School Special Education Teachers move into a Secondary School Special Education Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Secondary School Special Education Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Middle School Special Education Teachers.

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Survey takers who work as Middle School Special Education Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management and Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

Special Education Teacher, Middle School Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Education Teacher, Middle School in Jersey City:
"That the pay does not equal job performance."
I would learn about the politics of the job and the behaviors of the teachers and the administration before I joined the profession.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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