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Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The kindergarten and elementary school special education 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. Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,250
25th Percentile Wage
$46,630
50th Percentile Wage
$58,600
75th Percentile Wage
$74,780
90th Percentile Wage
$93,580

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers is $93,580. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,250. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% 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 kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$58,600
2.66% 8.16%
2016
$57,040
2.16% -
2015
$55,810
2.22% -
2014
$54,570
1.21% -
2013
$53,910
0.17% -
2012
$53,820
- -

Table 2. Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in 5 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 kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $62,200. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $40,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,200
Educational Services
$58,700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,200
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,380
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,190

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers by States

From the above tables we note that not only kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,770 to $82,800. The highest paying state for kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $82,800. The lowest paying state is Utah with a median annual salary of $35,770. For more salary information of kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$82,800
Alaska
$76,950
California
$76,380
Oregon
$74,330
Rhode Island
$70,950
New York
$70,490
District of Columbia
$70,150
Massachusetts
$69,230
Virginia
$65,640
Michigan
$65,100
New Jersey
$64,720
Washington
$64,310
Pennsylvania
$62,020
Illinois
$61,130
Minnesota
$60,790
Vermont
$59,900
Wyoming
$59,310
Delaware
$58,810
New Mexico
$58,580
Texas
$57,580
New Hampshire
$57,530
Maryland
$56,620
Nebraska
$56,280
South Carolina
$56,250
Ohio
$56,030
Wisconsin
$55,970
Iowa
$54,260
Georgia
$54,250
Montana
$53,520
Kentucky
$53,310
Florida
$51,910
Alabama
$51,620
Maine
$51,320
Kansas
$51,050
North Dakota
$50,620
Colorado
$50,530
Indiana
$49,640
Louisiana
$49,240
Tennessee
$49,230
Nevada
$49,080
Arkansas
$48,810
Missouri
$48,340
Hawaii
$47,780
Mississippi
$45,370
Arizona
$44,780
North Carolina
$44,510
West Virginia
$43,790
South Dakota
$41,550
Idaho
$41,500
Oklahoma
$39,950
Puerto Rico
$39,520
Utah
$35,770



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