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. Compensation ranges from $31K on the lower end to $66K per year on the higher end. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Middle School Special Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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.

$31,909 - $65,675
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,395
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$9.47 - $32.79
(Median)
$9
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,909 - $65,675  
   
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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$31,465 - $66,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $32.79  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$31,465 - $66,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Middle School Special Education Teachers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Middle School Special Education Teachers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Middle School Special Education Teachers make a median salary of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income 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 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%


People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%
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