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Secondary School Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of secondary school teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of secondary school teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of secondary school teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The secondary 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. Secondary School Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,190
25th Percentile Wage
$46,110
50th Percentile Wage
$57,980
75th Percentile Wage
$73,960
90th Percentile Wage
$92,470

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for secondary school teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) secondary school teachers is $92,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,190. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 142% 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 secondary school teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,9801.50%5.04%
201557,1101.58%-
201456,2101.57%-
201355,3300.49%-
201255,060--

Table 2. Secondary School Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of secondary school teachers in 4 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 secondary school teachers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $57,990. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $44,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$57,990
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$47,050
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,750


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