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Special Education Teacher Salary Information

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for special education teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) special education teachers is $95,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,280. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% 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 special education teachers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.84% 6.52%
1.77% -
1.27% -
1.77% -
0.04% -
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Table 2. Special Education Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of special education teachers in 8 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 special education teachers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $64,150. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $38,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises


💰 Highest paying industries for special education teachers.