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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary (United States)

For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, annual average wages total $42K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The majority of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary (?
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$29,727 - $61,977
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MEDIAN: $42,392
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$9.19 - $30.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,727 - $61,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,531  
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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$25,810 - $62,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $30.43  
   
Overtime
$2.29 - $38.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,531  
   
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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$25,810 - $62,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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 do not often transition into Director of Special Education roles. The role averages $74K per year. 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

Offering a median salary of only $34K, Head Start pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $25K to $47K is pretty narrow, too.

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

Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Autism, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual. Most people familiar with 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.
Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $38K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $42K. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

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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 will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix and Denver (5 percent lower).

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

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$41,000

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

Special Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 657 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%