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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. Pay ranges from $33K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Secondary School Special Education Teachers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Secondary School Special Education Teachers making up 71 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,461 - $70,566
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,307
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$10.24 - $34.67
(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
$33,461 - $70,566  
   
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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$32,995 - $70,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 988
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $34.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.93  
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).
)
$32,995 - $70,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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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There are some Secondary School Special Education Teachers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Special Education, where earnings are an average $74K annually. The most common promotion for Secondary School Special Education Teachers is a Middle School Special Education Teacher position, which usually brings in $42K a year. Another standard transition for Secondary School Special Education Teachers seeking advancement is to assume an Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrator role, where pay is often $60K.

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Survey results show that 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Secondary School Special Education Teachers. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $41K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Secondary School Special Education Teachers make a median salary of $51K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

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%


Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 206 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

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