Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $44K per year. Pay generally varies between $32K and $66K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Middle School Special Education Teachers making up 79 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,945 - $65,749

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$9.53 - $32.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,945 - $65,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
Total Pay (?
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$31,513 - $66,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $32.65  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
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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$31,513 - $66,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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Middle School Special Education Teachers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Resource Teacher. Resource Teachers on average make about as much as Middle School Special Education Teachers do.

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Job skills reported by Middle School Special Education Teachers are limited. Most notably, skills in Special Education, Curriculum Planning, Childhood Education, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management and Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. For Middle School Special Education Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $63K.

Special Education Teacher, Middle School Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Education Teacher, Middle School in Green Bay:
"Stress is far higher than imagined."
Be absolutely sure that you set aside time for yourself. Make sure that there is a balance in your life and supportive people to talk and listen to.

Special Education Teacher, Middle School in Jersey City:
"That the pay does not equal job performance."
I would learn about the politics of the job and the behaviors of the teachers and the administration before I joined the profession.

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%


People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%
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