Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (United States)

Pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43,711 per year. Compensation ranges from $31,323 on the low end to $65,980 per year on the high end. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about two-thirds collect dental insurance. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$31,709 - $64,989
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MEDIAN: $43,534
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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary (?
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$9.84 - $33.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,709 - $64,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
Total Pay (?
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$31,323 - $65,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $33.14  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $63.02  
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$0.00 - $3,015  
   
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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$31,323 - $65,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

A middle school special education teacher typically educates students with disabilities in sixth to eighth grade. These students, normally about 10 to 14 years of age, have mental and/or physical disabilities that make special education outside regular classrooms (for part or all of the day) optimal for their development. The special education teacher helps design and execute a curriculum that fosters achievement and the intellectual development of their students.
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Special Education Teacher, Middle School Tasks
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

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As Middle School Special Education Teachers make advancements in their career path, salaries do not climb. It is not unusual for those in less important roles to make salaries that are similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Secondary Special Education Teacher.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Middle School Special Education Teachers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Middle School Special Education Teachers in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $39,820 to just $45K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $53K. After two decades in the field, Middle School Special Education Teachers continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $64K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$44,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Middle School Special Education Teachers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Charlotte (+12 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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$44,000
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Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$44,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%