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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 $67K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,731 - $66,188
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,327
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50%
90%

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$9.34 - $31.97
(Median)
$9
$17
$32
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,731 - $66,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,031  
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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$31,184 - $66,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 649
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $31.97  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,031  
   
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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$31,184 - $66,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Middle School Special Education Teachers who go on to become Secondary School Special Education Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Secondary School Special Education Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $43K.

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Typical Middle School Special Education Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Middle School Special Education Teachers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $63K.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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 2%

Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
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%