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

For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, yearly average wages total $44K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $62K per year. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and location are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,837 - $61,984
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,554
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$9.36 - $30.30
(Median)
$9
$15
$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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Though some Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers move into positions like Director of Special Education (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. However, it's more common for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers to move into roles as Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Special Education Teacher, Middle Schools.

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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 is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $34K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $25K while workers on the upper end may rake in $47K.

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


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers seem to require a number of specific 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $39K. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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 West New York:
"Honesty."
Pros: Although we follow routines and daily schedules no day is ever the same and that is what I enjoy most.
Cons: I can't help when problems arise at home for example behaviors.

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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