Secondary School Special Education Teacher Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for secondary 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 secondary 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 Secondary School Special Education Teachers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,480
25th Percentile Wage
$63,180
50th Percentile Wage
$81,850
75th Percentile Wage
$97,570
90th Percentile Wage
$112,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for secondary 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 $112,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $81,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,480.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,850
6.39% 18.13%
2016
$76,620
2.87% -
2015
$74,420
5.07% -
2014
$70,650
5.32% -
2013
$66,890
-0.18% -
2012
$67,010
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Secondary School Special Education Teachers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of secondary school special education teachers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of secondary school special education teachers in state of California ranges from $47,430 to $93,880. The highest paying area for secondary school special education teachers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $93,880. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Fresno (mean annual salary $89,330). The lowest paying area is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $47,430.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$93,880
Fresno
$89,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$86,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$84,410
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$83,290
Modesto
$80,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$78,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$77,740
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$76,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$75,140
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,960
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$72,810
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,750
Yuba City
$72,110
El Centro
$70,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$70,100
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$68,220
Hanford-Corcoran
$68,020
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$67,810
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$66,830
Stockton
$66,670
Chico
$64,890
Visalia-Porterville
$64,840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$62,280
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$61,910
Merced
$61,630
Bakersfield-Delano
$58,020
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,720
Vallejo-Fairfield
$47,430




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