Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for special education teachers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 707,406 special education teachers currently employed in the United States.
- 75.4% of all special education teachers are women, while 24.6% are men.
- The average age of an employed special education teacher is 43 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of special education teachers is White (75.4%), followed by Black or African American (9.9%), Hispanic or Latino (9.9%) and Asian (2.6%).
- In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
- 11% of all special education teachers are LGBT.
- Special education teachers are 81% more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.
Special Education Teacher Statistics By Gender
75.4% of special education teachers are women and 24.6% of special education teachers are men.
- Female, 75.4%
- Male, 24.6%
Special Education Teachers By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Special Education Teacher
Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Special Education Teacher Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the special education teacher position over time.
Special Education Teacher Gender By Year
Special Education Teacher Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, auto collision repair instructor and automotive technology instructor have the biggest difference in gender.
|Child Development Associate Teacher||3%||97%|
|Infant And Toddler Teacher||5%||95%|
|Special Education Teacher||25%||75%|
|Automotive Technology Instructor||96%||4%|
|Auto Collision Repair Instructor||98%||2%|
Special Education Teacher Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among special education teachers is White, which makes up 75.4% of all special education teachers. Comparatively, there are 9.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 9.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.
- White, 75.4%
- Black or African American, 9.9%
- Hispanic or Latino, 9.9%
- Asian, 2.6%
- Unknown, 1.7%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%
Special Education Teacher Race
|Special Education Teacher Race||Percentages|
|Black or African American||9.9%|
|Hispanic or Latino||9.9%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5%|
Special Education Teacher Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among special education teachers.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Special Education Teacher Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Special Education Teacher Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$53,730|
|Hispanic or Latino||$54,341|
Special Education Teacher JOBS
Average Age of a Special Education Teacher
We determined the average age of special education teachers based on ethnicity and gender.
Special Education Teacher Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||45||46|
|Hispanic or Latino||34.5||39|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||45|
Special Education Teacher Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of special education teacher employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of special education teachers is 40+ years old, which represents 59% of the population.
Special Education Teacher Age
|Special Education Teacher Years||Percentages|
Types of Special Education Teacher Degree Levels
The most common degree for special education teachers is bachelor's degree 66% of special education teachers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 27% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.
- Bachelors, 66%
- Masters, 27%
- Associate, 5%
- Doctorate, 1%
- Other Degrees, 1%
Special Education Teachers By Education
|Special Education Teacher Degree||Percentages|
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Special Education Teacher Wage Gap By Education
Special Education Teacher Employment Statistics
This section highlights information about where special education teachers work. We found most special education teachers work for a education company. In addition, the industry that employs the most special education teachers is the education industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire special education teachers.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Special Education Teacher Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||5%|
|50 - 100 employees||5%|
|100 - 500 employees||33%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||13%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||41%|
|> 10,000 employees||3%|
The Types Of Companies Special Education Teacher Work In
Employees with the special education teacher job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most special education teachers prefer to work at education companies over private companies.
Special Education Teacher Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Special Education Teachers
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ special education teachers. Those industries include education, health care and non profits.
Special Education Teacher Turnover And Employment Statistics
Special Education Teacher Unemployment Rate Over Time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of special education teachers changed.
- Unemployment rate
Special Education Teacher Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Special Education Teacher Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Special Education Teacher Stay in a Job
By looking over 44,474 special education teachers resumes, we figured out that the average special education teacher enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.
Less than one year
Special Education Teacher Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||20%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Special Education Teachers with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to special education teachers.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Special Education Teacher||11.12%|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Special Education Teachers
The most common foreign language among special education teachers is Spanish at 65.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.3% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 2.7%.
- Spanish, 65.4%
- French, 8.3%
- Arabic, 2.7%
- German, 2.6%
- Braille, 2.6%
- Other, 18.4%
Special Education Teacher Languages Spoken