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 $43K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $26K to $61K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Female Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,832 - $61,056
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,888
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$9.20 - $29.61
(Median)
$9
$14
$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,832 - $61,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,582  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,890 - $61,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,178
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $29.61  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $39.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,582  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,890 - $61,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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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While Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers do not often become Directors of Special Education, the job pays $74K per year on average. More often, however, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers go on to become Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Middle School Special Education Teachers.

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


Head Start offers the smallest salaries in town — $34K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $25K to $47K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autism, Special Education, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $39K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger 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 $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%



National Average
$42,000


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

up arrow 13%

Special Education
up arrow 7%


Masters degree
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National Average
$42,000

Childhood Education
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People Management
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%
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