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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 ranges from $31K on the low end to $66K per year on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Middle School Special Education Teachers are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,828 - $65,623
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,359
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90%

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$9.30 - $32.08
(Median)
$9
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,828 - $65,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
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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$31,366 - $66,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $32.08  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
   
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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$31,366 - $66,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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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Middle School Special Education Teachers who transition into an upper level Secondary School Special Education Teacher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Secondary School Special Education Teacher makes $43K a year.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For many Middle School Special Education Teachers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Middle School Special Education Teachers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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 42%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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