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Special Education Teacher Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of special education teachers in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare special education teacher salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Special Education Teachers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,580
25th Percentile Wage
$36,380
50th Percentile Wage
$47,300
75th Percentile Wage
$63,760
90th Percentile Wage
$94,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for special education teachers in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) special education teachers is $94,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid special education teachers is $27,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of special education teachers in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,3001.90%5.10%
201546,4002.67%-
201445,1601.33%-
201344,560-0.74%-
201244,890--

Compare Special Education Teacher Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of special education teachers in 27 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for special education teacher occupations is the psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $61,890. The lowest paying industry is the offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians) industry (annual salary $38,030). For detailed special education teacher salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$61,890
Hospitals - State government owned
$61,320
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$60,810
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,140
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$58,870
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$56,280
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$55,660
Hospitals - Privately owned
$52,600
Individual and Family Services
$50,530
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$49,930
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$49,430
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$49,430
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$49,370
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$48,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$48,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$48,000
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$47,730
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$47,370
Other Residential Care Facilities
$47,190
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$47,050
Social Assistance
$46,690
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$46,030
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$45,870
Outpatient Care Centers
$44,790
Child Day Care Services
$43,330
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$39,830
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$38,030

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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