Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teacher Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,230
25th Percentile Wage
$61,930
50th Percentile Wage
$76,380
75th Percentile Wage
$92,550
90th Percentile Wage
$103,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $103,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $76,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,230.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,380
6.23% 12.74%
2016
$71,620
3.74% -
2015
$68,940
2.12% -
2014
$67,480
0.53% -
2013
$67,120
0.70% -
2012
$66,650
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in state of California ranges from $54,540 to $85,710. The highest paying area for kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $85,710. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Rosa-Petaluma (mean annual salary $82,770). The lowest paying area is Redding with a median annual salary of $54,540.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$85,710
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$82,770
Yuba City
$81,690
Merced
$80,160
El Centro
$78,370
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$77,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$76,150
Vallejo-Fairfield
$75,880
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$74,700
Fresno
$74,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$73,270
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$72,910
Salinas
$72,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$72,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$72,630
Visalia-Porterville
$72,090
Modesto
$72,000
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$71,450
Stockton
$71,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$70,330
Hanford-Corcoran
$70,050
Chico
$69,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$69,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,370
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$69,200
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,430
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$67,160
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$66,600
Madera-Chowchilla
$63,650
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$61,070
Bakersfield-Delano
$60,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$56,370
Redding
$54,540




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