Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $71K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Secondary School Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Secondary School Special Education Teachers making up 73 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,869 - $70,522
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,640
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$10.39 - $35.19
(Median)
$10
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$33,869 - $70,522  
   
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 - $70,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $35.19  
   
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 - $70,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Secondary School Special Education Teachers who advance into the role of a Director of Special Education are fairly uncommon. Directors of Special Education on average earn $74K per year. Secondary School Special Education Teachers go on to become Middle School Special Education Teachers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $42K. Secondary School Special Education Teachers who move into an Assistant Principal role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $65K.

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Survey results suggest that Secondary School Special Education Teachers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Teaching can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Behavior Management and Oral / Verbal Communication are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 29 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Secondary School Special Education Teachers. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. Secondary School Special Education Teachers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 34%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 29%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Behavior Management
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 186 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%
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