Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Median pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $45K per year. Compensation ranges between $32K and $66K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers survey respondents are women (78 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,344 - $65,859
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,832
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50%
90%

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$9.71 - $32.13
(Median)
$9
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,344 - $65,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$32,120 - $66,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$6.95 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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).
)
$32,120 - $66,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Resource Teacher. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, 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 Curriculum Planning.

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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $46K on average. For Middle School Special Education Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $62K.

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 Green Bay:
"Stress is far higher than imagined."
Be absolutely sure that you set aside time for yourself. Make sure that there is a balance in your life and supportive people to talk and listen to.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 11%

National Average
$45,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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