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

Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers in the United States take home an average $45K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Women make up the vast majority of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,457 - $68,240
$30K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,527
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$9.75 - $30.76
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$0$68K
Salary $30,457 - $68,240
Bonus $175 - $6,020
Profit Sharing $986
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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$25,573 - $67,896
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,410
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $9.75 - $30.76
Hourly Tips $0.22
Overtime $10.30 - $42.61
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $175 - $6,020
Profit Sharing $986
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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$25,573 - $67,896
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 494

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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It's not very common for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers to move on to become Elementary School Principals. Average pay for an Elementary School Principal is $74K annually. However, becoming a Secondary School Special Education Teacher or Middle School Special Education Teacher is a more frequent transition for Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School Job Listings

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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers include Head Start, Milwaukee Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, YMCA, and Chicago Public Schools. New York City Department of Education offers the highest compensation 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 report using 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 14 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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: $43,521

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

For Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), Houston (+11 percent), San Antonio (+8 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Orlando and 10 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 Springfield:
Pros: I really enjoy the kids that I work with, and seeing how much they have devoloped since I started working there.
Cons: My two supervisors do not lead bee well and the other employees do not respect me as a teacher and leader of the classroom.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in St. Louis:
"It is a challenging job and a learning process too."
Pros: Working with children and flexibility.
Cons: It is uncertain when and where I have to go.

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.

Special Education Teacher, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School in Wantagh:
Pros: Children, coworkers, fullfillment vacations.
Cons: Testing, teacher evaluations, underappreciation, salary.

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

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

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

▲26%

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$44,000

▼9%

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

Bilingual
▲18%

▲14%

IEP
▲13%

Behavior
▲8%


Behavior Management
▲2%

IEP writing
▲1%

National Average
$44,000


Masters degree
▼3%

ABA
▼3%


Case Management
▼4%

Sign Language
▼10%

Teaching
▼13%

People Management
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 22%