Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salary

The average or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher in the United States earns approximately $43K per year. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $61K per year on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Most Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Female Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents.

$29,877 - $61,100
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$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,936
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$9.20 - $29.80
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,877 - $61,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,879 - $61,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $29.80  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,879 - $61,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

A person applying for a position as a special education teacher for preschool, kindergarten or elementary grades will be expected to go above and beyond the responsibilities of teachers who work with children who don't have special needs or learning disabilities. Special education teachers work with children who can have any combination of emotional, physical or mental challenges that require a higher level of training than teachers who work with children who don't have these struggles. Because of the challenges involved with teaching these students, a higher level of communication skills, compassion and patience is expected of both the teachers and the parents of special needs children. A special education teacher will be required to provide more individualized attention to students due to the variety of circumstances that are unique to each child in a special education classroom.

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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Tasks

  • Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
  • Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.

Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


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Though some Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers move into positions like Director of Special Education (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. A more common career path for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers is stepping into the role of Secondary School Special Education Teacher or Middle School Special Education Teacher.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Although Head Start hands out the lowest average salary in town at $34K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $25K or as much as $47K.

Popular Skills for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Autism, Special Education, Curriculum Planning, and Masters degree are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual and People Management. The majority of those who know Childhood Education also know Special Education and Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

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


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher with more than 20 years of experience can earn $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Detroit (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

up arrow 12%

Special Education
up arrow 8%


Masters degree
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National Average
$42,000

Childhood Education
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People Management
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Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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