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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary

An average or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $43K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $61K per year. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. There are far more female Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,752 - $61,068
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,796
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$9.22 - $29.75
(Median)
$9
$14
$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,752 - $61,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
Profit Sharing
$4.83 - $2,543  
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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$25,876 - $61,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $38.96  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.83 - $2,543  
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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$25,876 - $61,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378

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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

A person applying for a position as a special education teacher for preschool, kindergarten or elementary grades will be expected to go above and beyond the responsibilities of teachers who work with children who don't have special needs or learning disabilities. Special education teachers work with children who can have any combination of emotional, physical or mental challenges that require a higher level of training than teachers who work with children who don't have these struggles. Because of the challenges involved with teaching these students, a higher level of communication skills, compassion and patience is expected of both the teachers and the parents of special needs children. A special education teacher will be required to provide more individualized attention to students due to the variety of circumstances that are unique to each child in a special education classroom.

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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Tasks

  • Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
  • Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


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Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who advance into the role of a Director of Special Education are fairly uncommon. Directors of Special Education on average earn $74K per year. However, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers typically graduate to Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Middle School Special Education Teachers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Head Start offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $34K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $25K and $47K.

Popular Skills for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autism, Special Education, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bilingual and People Management. Most people experienced in Childhood Education also know Special Education and Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

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


For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $38K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $55K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in St. Louis and Denver.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

Autism
up arrow 14%

Special Education
up arrow 10%


Masters degree
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 466 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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