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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a reading teacher. For example, did you know that they make an average of $22.22 an hour? That's $46,218 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 3% and produce 53,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Reading Teacher Do

There are certain skills that many reading teachers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed communication skills, patience and physical stamina.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a reading teacher, we found that a lot of resumes listed 14.9% of reading teachers included classroom management, while 13.4% of resumes included student learning, and 7.1% of resumes included student records. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the reading teacher job title. But what industry to start with? Most reading teachers actually find jobs in the education and non profits industries.

How To Become a Reading Teacher

If you're interested in becoming a reading teacher, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 35.5% of reading teachers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 52.3% of reading teachers have master's degrees. Even though most reading teachers have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a reading teacher. When we researched the most common majors for a reading teacher, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on reading teacher resumes include doctoral degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a reading teacher. In fact, many reading teacher jobs require experience in a role such as teacher. Meanwhile, many reading teachers also have previous career experience in roles such as substitute teacher or student teacher.

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Average Salary
$46,218
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
3%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
50,608
Job Openings

Reading Teacher Career Paths

Top Careers Before Reading Teacher

Teacher
32.9 %

Top Careers After Reading Teacher

Teacher
32.1 %

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Average Salary for a Reading Teacher

Reading Teachers in America make an average salary of $46,218 per year or $22 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $65,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $32,000 per year.
Average Salary
$46,218

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Washington, DC
Salary Range54k - 91k$71k$70,881
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range48k - 80k$63k$62,531
Eureka, CA
Salary Range43k - 80k$59k$59,216
Austin, TX
Salary Range40k - 53k$46k$46,150
Baton Rouge, LA
Salary Range38k - 50k$44k$43,780
Hollywood, FL
Salary Range35k - 48k$41k$41,361
$24k
$91k

Recently Added Salaries

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SY Teacher K-8 Reading Interventionist (Wptes)
SY Teacher K-8 Reading Interventionist (Wptes)
Dysart Unified School District
Dysart Unified School District
03/26/2021
03/26/2021
$40,87303/26/2021
$40,873
Teacher-Reading and Math (K
Teacher-Reading and Math (K
Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning
03/12/2021
03/12/2021
$33,39203/12/2021
$33,392
Reading Intervention Teacher-Silva Valley Elementary School
Reading Intervention Teacher-Silva Valley Elementary School
Buckeye Union School District
Buckeye Union School District
12/10/2020
12/10/2020
$57,39312/10/2020
$57,393
Sylvan Reading Teacher
Sylvan Reading Teacher
Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning
09/03/2020
09/03/2020
$25,04409/03/2020
$25,044
SY Teacher K-8 Reading Interventionist
SY Teacher K-8 Reading Interventionist
Dysart Unified School District
Dysart Unified School District
05/12/2020
05/12/2020
$40,87305/12/2020
$40,873
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Reading Teacher Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Reading Teacher. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Reading Teacher Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Reading Teacher resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Reading Teacher Demographics

Gender

female

77.3 %

male

18.4 %

unknown

4.2 %

Ethnicity

White

73.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.3 %

Black or African American

9.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6 %

French

13.8 %

Mandarin

3.1 %
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Reading Teacher Education

Majors

Education
15.1 %
English
12.9 %

Degrees

Bachelors

60.1 %

Masters

24.8 %

Certificate

7.4 %

Top Colleges for Reading Teachers

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

3. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

5. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

6. New York University

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

7. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

8. University of Washington

Seattle, WA • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

9. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

10. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,816
Enrollment
6,840
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Top Skills For a Reading Teacher

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 14.9% of reading teachers listed classroom management on their resume, but soft skills such as communication skills and patience are important as well.

  • Classroom Management, 14.9%
  • Student Learning, 13.4%
  • Student Records, 7.1%
  • Instructional Materials, 5.8%
  • Small Groups, 5.1%
  • Other Skills, 53.7%
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Best States For a Reading Teacher

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a reading teacher. The best states for people in this position are New York, Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Reading teachers make the most in New York with an average salary of $67,234. Whereas in Maryland and New Jersey, they would average $62,230 and $62,125, respectively. While reading teachers would only make an average of $61,497 in Connecticut, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New Jersey

Total Reading Teacher Jobs:
1,133
Highest 10% Earn:
$99,000
Location Quotient:
1.69
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Connecticut

Total Reading Teacher Jobs:
444
Highest 10% Earn:
$97,000
Location Quotient:
1.58
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Maryland

Total Reading Teacher Jobs:
844
Highest 10% Earn:
$100,000
Location Quotient:
1.57
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Reading Teacher Employers

1. Institute of Reading Development
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$34,775
Reading Teachers Hired: 
66+
2. Orange County High School
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$45,829
Reading Teachers Hired: 
19+
3. Crystal Springs Elementary School
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$42,933
Reading Teachers Hired: 
19+
4. Broward County Public Schools
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$51,442
Reading Teachers Hired: 
18+
5. Polk County School District
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$33,235
Reading Teachers Hired: 
14+
6. ESL Federal Credit Union
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$61,125
Reading Teachers Hired: 
13+

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Updated October 2, 2020