Median pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $46K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Middle School Special Education Teachers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The majority of Middle School Special Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,533 - $66,513
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$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,411
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$10.12 - $45.85
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,533 - $66,513  
   
Bonus
$1,485 - $5,918  
Total Pay (?
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$34,342 - $67,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $45.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,485 - $5,918  
   
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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$34,342 - $67,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers may progress into high-paying roles like Elementary School Principal, where median compensation is $74K annually. Middle School Special Education Teachers most frequently become Secondary School Special Education Teachers and Resource Teachers even though median compensation is $3K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Middle School Special Education Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Middle School Special Education Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $42K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Middle School Special Education Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Special Education
up arrow 11%

People Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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