An average Secondary School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K annually. Career duration 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. Most Secondary School Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,289 - $69,992
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$35K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,818
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$11.15 - $37.54
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,289 - $69,992  
   
Bonus
$391.49 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$34,689 - $70,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $37.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.33  
Overtime
$14.95 - $72.72  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$391.49 - $10,213  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,689 - $70,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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As Secondary School Special Education Teachers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Special Education, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Special Education earn $74K on average per year. As Secondary School Special Education Teachers progress in their field, many go on to become Middle School Special Education Teachers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $43K. Another common career choice for Secondary School Special Education Teachers is to move into an Assistant Principal role — this promotion usually pays $66K.

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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.


For many Secondary School Special Education Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $42K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $48K. Secondary School Special Education Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,667

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Secondary School Special Education Teachers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+6 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Phoenix (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%


National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salaries

Masters degree
up arrow 36%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 27%

Teaching
up arrow 23%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 19%

Case Management
up arrow 18%

Behavior Management
up arrow 10%

IEP
up arrow 5%

IEP writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Special Education
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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