A Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School earns an average salary of $41,261 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Autism and Special Education.
Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Total Pay (?
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$29,396 - $60,788
(Median)
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41K
50K
61K
MEDIAN: $41,260
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Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Total Pay (?
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$8.76 - $29.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,396 - $60,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,040  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
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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$25,284 - $61,231  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $29.69  
   
Overtime
$10.44 - $39.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,040  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$25,284 - $61,231  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,470
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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.
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.
Pay Difference By Location
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Dallas
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Milwaukee
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Minneapolis
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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National Average
$41,000
Denver
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Phoenix
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Raleigh
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$41,000

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

Autism
up arrow 15%
Special Education
up arrow 12%
Curriculum Planning
0%
National Average
$41,000
Childhood Education
up arrow 2%
Bilingual
up arrow 14%
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Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%
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