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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary (United States)

Secondary School Special Education Teachers in the United States take home approximately $47K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. 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. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary (?
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$32,769 - $70,062
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MEDIAN: $46,628
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Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary (?
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$10.21 - $34.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,769 - $70,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,009  
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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$32,514 - $70,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 972
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $34.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,009  
   
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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$32,514 - $70,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 some Secondary School Special Education Teachers move into positions like Director of Special Education (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. A Middle School Special Education Teacher role is the most prevalent career advancement for Secondary School Special Education Teachers. Paychecks for that role are $42K on average. The Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrator position is another common transition for Secondary School Special Education Teachers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $60K mark.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Secondary School Special Education Teachers who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 10 percent, and 6 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.
For many Secondary School Special Education Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Secondary School Special Education Teachers make a median salary of $51K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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New York
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New Orleans
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National Average
$47,000
Phoenix
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Secondary School Special Education Teachers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and New Orleans (+3 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

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
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Experienced
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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 47%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%
National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%