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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Median pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $44K per year. Earnings sit near $31K on the lower side but can approach $67K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Middle School Special Education Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Middle School Special Education Teachers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$31,792 - $65,979
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,333
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$9.38 - $31.87
(Median)
$9
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,792 - $65,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
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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$31,324 - $66,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $31.87  
   
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 - $2,575  
   
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).
)
$31,324 - $66,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Survey takers who work as Middle School Special Education Teachers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management.

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. 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. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

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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 10%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 12%