Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary

The average Middle School Special Education Teacher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Middle School Special Education Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Middle School Special Education Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,733 - $68,980
$36K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,858
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$9.80 - $63.02
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MEDIAN: $20.59
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$0$69K
Salary $35,733 - $68,980
Bonus $302.01 - $6,082
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$35,496 - $69,665
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 557
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $9.80 - $63.02
Overtime $22.50
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $302.01 - $6,082
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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$35,496 - $69,665
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 23

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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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At the upper end, Middle School Special Education Teachers who move into an Elementary School Principal role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Elementary School Principals is a much higher $74K per year. Many Middle School Special Education Teachers choose to become Secondary School Special Education Teachers and Resource Teachers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Pay by Experience for a Special Education Teacher, Middle School has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Education Teacher, Middle School with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 251 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Education Teacher, Middle School with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 178 salaries. An experienced Special Education Teacher, Middle School which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 155 salaries. A Special Education Teacher, Middle School with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,840

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Middle School Special Education Teachers, 36 percent above the national average. Middle School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Atlanta (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$49,000

▼5%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salaries

Team Leadership
▲6%

National Average
$49,000


Curriculum Planning
▼5%

Special Education
▼15%

People Management
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 15%
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