Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary

For Secondary School Special Education Teachers, yearly average wages total $48K annually. Earnings sit near $34K on the lower side but can approach $71K per year on the higher side. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Secondary School Special Education Teachers survey respondents are women (70 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,228 - $70,931
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,072
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90%

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$10.77 - $35.54
(Median)
$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,228 - $70,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,047  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$33,658 - $71,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $35.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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).
)
$33,658 - $71,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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It's not very common for Secondary School Special Education Teachers to move on to become Directors of Special Education. Average pay for a Director of Special Education is $74K annually. The most common career progression for Secondary School Special Education Teachers leads to becoming a Middle School Special Education Teacher, where pay is typically $42K. However, many Secondary School Special Education Teachers also opt to become Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators, a position that pays $60K on average.

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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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. 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 $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%


Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Behavior Management
up arrow 12%

Teaching
up arrow 12%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$48,000

Counseling
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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