Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Earnings for Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Compensation ranges from $33K on the lower end to $71K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Secondary School Special Education Teachers survey respondents are women (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Secondary School Special Education Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,878 - $70,499
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,601
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90%

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$10.30 - $34.50
(Median)
$10
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,878 - $70,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,101  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $1,100  
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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$33,352 - $70,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,026
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $34.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.21  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $1,100  
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).
)
$33,352 - $70,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Special education teachers in secondary schools help instruct and guide children with mild or moderate disabilities. They adapt a general curriculum so that it meets the specific needs of these individuals and ensure it helps students acquire vital basic skills they will need in the future. Special education teacher identify each student's needs and collaborate with the child's guardians (and possibly therapists, social workers, and other teachers) to ensure the student achieves maximum possible educational development. These teachers' students may have a wide variety of challenges, and individual students' plans may vary widely.

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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Tasks

  • Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
  • Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.
  • Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
  • Maintain student records.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School


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Though not the most common occurrence, Secondary School Special Education Teachers sometimes become Directors of Special Education, where the average income is $74K per year. More often than not, a Middle School Special Education Teacher role is the next step for Secondary School Special Education Teachers moving up in the field. Pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers is usually $42K. Many Secondary School Special Education Teachers choose to take on an Assistant Principal role instead, where salaries are typically $65K.

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Secondary School Special Education Teachers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Behavior Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Secondary School Special Education Teachers. The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. Secondary School Special Education Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Secondary School Special Education Teachers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Sacramento:
"How Time Consuming The Extra Job Duties Would Be."
Stay organized. Don't be afraid to try new techniques with your students. All students can learn.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 29%

Behavior Management
up arrow 9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%
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