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

Pay for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $26K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers are female. Most Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage.

$29,837 - $61,984
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,554
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$9.36 - $30.30
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$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,837 - $61,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
Profit Sharing
$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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$25,782 - $62,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$2.64 - $38.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$25,782 - $62,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

Special education teachers in elementary school work with young students who face various learning disabilities. They may aim to help students transition into regular classes, or simply help them improve functionality. Every student should be evaluated separately, as the limitations and abilities of each student vary greatly. The job may occasionally involve assisting students with hygiene or mobility, so it is important to have necessary physical strength, as well.

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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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There are some Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Special Education, where earnings are an average $74K annually. Becoming a Secondary School Special Education Teacher or a Middle School Special Education Teacher is, however, a more typical career progression 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


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Chicago Public Schools offers the most; Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers earn $54K on average there.

Head Start seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $34K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits 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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Autism, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual and People Management. Those proficient in Childhood Education are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $39K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,891

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Phoenix (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

What is it like working as a Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School?

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in South Africa:
Pros: I like working with kids very much.kids are the gift from God.child development it is very challenge that is y I like my job.teaching the young kid id very nice.
Cons: When is parents meeting it id very difficult because they quarrelling about how the kids they are counting the number s or not knowing the colors.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$42,000


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

Special Education
up arrow 17%

up arrow 15%


Masters degree
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 14%

Bilingual
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 353 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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