Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

The average Middle School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $47K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Middle School Special Education Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers survey respondents are women (76 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,044 - $67,484
$35K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $47,318
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$10.00 - $45.68
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$46
MEDIAN: $24.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,044 - $67,484  
   
Bonus
$1,521 - $6,061  
Total Pay (?
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$34,783 - $68,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $45.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,521 - $6,061  
   
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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$34,783 - $68,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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

  • Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
  • Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.
  • Create and prepare materials for student activities.
  • Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Elementary School Principal. The average Elementary School Principal brings home $74K per year. Many Middle School Special Education Teachers choose to become Secondary School Special Education Teachers and Resource Teachers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $4K less, respectively.

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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 does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $43K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $46K. For Middle School Special Education Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,408

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

Home to some of the best pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Baltimore (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Columbus and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
▲9%

National Average
$47,000


Curriculum Planning
▼3%

Special Education
▼12%

People Management
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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