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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,910
25th Percentile Wage
$43,150
50th Percentile Wage
$55,790
75th Percentile Wage
$72,290
90th Percentile Wage
$91,590

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 $91,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,910. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 178% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,790
1.92% 6.36%
2016
$54,720
1.57% -
2015
$53,860
1.30% -
2014
$53,160
1.37% -
2013
$52,430
0.36% -
2012
$52,240
- -

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 12 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 $57,790. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $23,920).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$57,790
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,280
Information
$48,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,850
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,780
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,400
Manufacturing
$36,160
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,620
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,760
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,920

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




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