Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States take home an average $45K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $66K per year. Location and career duration 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 78 percent. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,344 - $65,859
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,832
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$9.71 - $32.13
(Median)
$9
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,344 - $65,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$32,120 - $66,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$6.95 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$32,120 - $66,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Resource Teachers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Resource Teachers earn the same amount as Middle School Special Education Teachers on average.

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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 many Middle School Special Education Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $62K.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 11%

National Average
$45,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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