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

Median pay for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $43K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $61K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers. The vast majority (89 percent) of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who took the survey are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,904 - $61,066

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$9.21 - $29.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,904 - $61,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,568  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$26,030 - $61,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $29.32  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $39.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,568  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$26,030 - $61,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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 an Elementary School Principal are fairly uncommon. Elementary School Principals on average earn $74K per year. However, becoming a Secondary School Special Education Teacher or Middle School Special Education Teacher is a more frequent transition for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers.

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


Offering a median of only $34K, Head Start pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $25K on the lower end and $47K on the higher end.

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


Survey results show that Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Autism, Special Education, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual and People Management. For most people, competency in Childhood Education indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $39K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, New York provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (6 percent lower) and Denver (3 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%



National Average
$41,000


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

up arrow 14%

Special Education
up arrow 8%


Masters degree
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 404 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%
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