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

A Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School earns an average salary of $41,824 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Autism, Curriculum Planning, and Special Education.
Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary (?
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$29,455 - $61,371
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MEDIAN: $41,823
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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary (?
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$8.97 - $30.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,455 - $61,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,369 - $61,834  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.97 - $30.54  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,369 - $61,834  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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.

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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.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Dallas
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Seattle
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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San Diego
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National Average
$41,000
Phoenix
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Denver
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Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

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

Autism
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Special Education
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Masters degree
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National Average
$41,000
Childhood Education
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Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

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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
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%
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