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Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,820
25th Percentile Wage
$42,550
50th Percentile Wage
$54,720
75th Percentile Wage
$70,390
90th Percentile Wage
$88,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers is $88,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,820. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 169% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,7201.57%4.53%
201553,8601.30%-
201453,1601.37%-
201352,4300.36%-
201252,240--

Table 2. Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $56,570. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $27,480).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$56,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,760
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,200
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,930
Manufacturing
$29,390
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,480

Table 3. Salaries of Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teacher Related Occupations



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Highest paying industries for preschool, primary, secondary, and special education school teachers.