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Secondary School Special Education Teacher Salary Information

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,130
25th Percentile Wage
$47,400
50th Percentile Wage
$59,700
75th Percentile Wage
$76,520
90th Percentile Wage
$96,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for secondary school special education teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) secondary school special education teachers is $96,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,130. 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 147% 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 special education teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,7002.01%4.81%
201558,5001.18%-
201457,8101.54%-
201356,9200.16%-
201256,830--

Table 2. Secondary School Special Education Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of secondary school special education 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 special education teachers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $59,860. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $47,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$59,860
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,230
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,350

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Secondary School Special Education Teachers by States

From the above tables we note that not only secondary 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 secondary school special education teachers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $38,610 to $76,880. The highest paying state for secondary school special education teachers is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $76,880. The lowest paying state is Utah with a median annual salary of $38,610. For more salary information of secondary school special education teachers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$76,880
California
$76,620
New York
$75,980
Alaska
$74,210
New Jersey
$72,220
Rhode Island
$70,220
Oregon
$69,480
Massachusetts
$66,620
District of Columbia
$65,480
Michigan
$65,240
Washington
$63,200
Illinois
$63,140
Maryland
$63,110
Delaware
$62,770
Virginia
$62,750
Minnesota
$61,920
Pennsylvania
$61,900
New Hampshire
$60,700
Vermont
$60,100
Georgia
$57,820
Wyoming
$57,760
Texas
$56,720
Nebraska
$56,370
Iowa
$55,480
Ohio
$55,470
Hawaii
$55,070
Kentucky
$53,580
Alabama
$53,390
South Carolina
$52,840
Colorado
$52,020
Indiana
$51,900
New Mexico
$51,610
Kansas
$51,550
Wisconsin
$50,770
Arkansas
$50,580
Louisiana
$49,730
North Dakota
$49,630
Maine
$48,900
Arizona
$48,570
Florida
$47,950
Missouri
$47,940
Tennessee
$47,430
Idaho
$47,170
West Virginia
$45,740
Mississippi
$45,490
North Carolina
$45,120
Oklahoma
$43,060
South Dakota
$42,260
Montana
$39,290
Utah
$38,610


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