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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States take home an average $47K annually. Pay generally varies between $33K and $70K per year. 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 72 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,531 - $70,342
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,278
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50%
90%

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$10.27 - $34.59
(Median)
$10
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$33,531 - $70,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,035  
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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$33,011 - $70,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,000
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $34.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.82  
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 - $3,035  
   
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).
)
$33,011 - $70,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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. 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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Secondary School Special Education Teachers who took the survey. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $41K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. Secondary School Special Education Teachers see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Secondary School Special Education Teachers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $64K.

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Advice

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 30%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Behavior Management
up arrow 9%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%
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