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

Earnings for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States come in at around $43K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26K and $61K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,773 - $61,109
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,843
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$9.14 - $29.81
(Median)
$9
$14
$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$29,773 - $61,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,493  
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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$25,828 - $61,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,180
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $29.81  
   
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 - $2,493  
   
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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$25,828 - $61,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375

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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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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. Moving from an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher to Secondary School Special Education Teacher or Middle School Special Education Teacher is a more common career path, however.

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


For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, below-average salaries can be found at Head Start; in fact, average earnings are around $34K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $47K) is great.

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


Survey results suggest that Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autism, Special Education, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bilingual and People Management. Most people skilled in Childhood Education are similarly competent 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $38K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in St. Louis and Detroit.

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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 476 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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