Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

The average Secondary School Special Education Teacher in the United States earns approximately $47K annually. Earnings sit near $33K on the lower side but can approach $70K per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Secondary School Special Education Teachers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Secondary School Special Education Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$33,325 - $70,168
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$33K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,211
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$10.19 - $34.84
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$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,325 - $70,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
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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$32,915 - $70,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 981
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $34.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
   
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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$32,915 - $70,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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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While not commonly seen, Secondary School Special Education Teachers who transition into a Director of Special Education position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Special Education is $74K per year. Becoming a Middle School Special Education Teacher is, more often than not, the most common role that Secondary School Special Education Teachers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Middle School Special Education Teacher is $42K. Another frequent advance is for Secondary School Special Education Teachers to assume an Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrator role; in this role, workers often take home $60K.

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Survey takers who work as Secondary School Special Education Teachers typically report just a few professional skills. Lucky workers who know Teaching can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Behavior Management and Oral / Verbal Communication are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 30 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School

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


Secondary School Special Education Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

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
$47,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 30%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Behavior Management
up arrow 9%


Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%