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

Median pay for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $45K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers are female.

$29,891 - $65,506
$30K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,950
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50%
90%

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$9.75 - $30.91
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MEDIAN: $14.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,891 - $65,506  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,195  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$25,380 - $65,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $30.91  
   
Overtime
$12.97 - $41.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,195  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$25,380 - $65,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 452

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Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

Special education teachers in elementary school work with young students who face various learning disabilities. They may aim to help students transition into regular classes, or simply help them improve functionality. Every student should be evaluated separately, as the limitations and abilities of each student vary greatly. The job may occasionally involve assisting students with hygiene or mobility, so it is important to have necessary physical strength, as well.

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

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

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 Elementary School Principal (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming a Secondary School Special Education Teacher or a Middle School Special Education Teacher is, however, a more typical career progression for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers.

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


Many Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can be found at Head Start, Milwaukee Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, YMCA, and Chicago Public Schools, firms that are at the top of the field. New York City Department of Education leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $58K.

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


Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Autism, IEP, and Behavior are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management, Teaching, and Sign Language. It is often found that people who know Childhood Education are also skilled in Special Education and Autism.

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

Pay by Experience for a Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 1,296 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 720 salaries. An experienced Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 671 salaries. A Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 327 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,960

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, 35 percent higher than the national average. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+12 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Orlando and 9 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Q: What is it like working as a Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School?

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in West New York:
"Honesty."
Pros: Although we follow routines and daily schedules no day is ever the same and that is what I enjoy most.
Cons: I can't help when problems arise at home for example behaviors.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in South Africa:
Pros: I like working with kids very much.kids are the gift from God.child development it is very challenge that is y I like my job.teaching the young kid id very nice.
Cons: When is parents meeting it id very difficult because they quarrelling about how the kids they are counting the number s or not knowing the colors.

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Salaries

▲28%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$43,000

▼8%

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

Bilingual
▲20%

▲16%

IEP
▲15%

Behavior
▲9%


Behavior Management
▲3%

IEP writing
▲2%

National Average
$43,000


Masters degree
▼2%

Case Management
▼2%

ABA
▼2%


Sign Language
▼9%

Teaching
▼12%

People Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 21%