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

GenderPercentages
Female75.4%
Male24.6%

Gender Pay Gap For Special Education Teacher

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$54,212
female-income
Female Income
$52,529

Special Education Teacher Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the special education teacher position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Special Education Teacher Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201026.24%73.76%
201122.73%77.27%
201226.51%73.49%
201324.03%75.97%
201424.60%75.40%
201525.44%74.56%
201625.63%74.37%
201725.70%74.30%
201826.55%73.45%
201925.56%74.44%

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.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Child Development Associate Teacher3%97%
Prekindergarten Teacher5%95%
Infant And Toddler Teacher5%95%
Special Education Teacher25%75%
Automotive Instructor96%4%
Automotive Technology Instructor96%4%
Auto Collision Repair Instructor98%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 RacePercentages
White75.4%
Black or African American9.9%
Hispanic or Latino9.9%
Asian2.6%
Unknown1.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.5%

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.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Special Education Teacher Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201075.08%11.13%2.16%9.32%
201174.06%11.36%2.44%9.59%
201275.42%9.75%2.66%9.89%
201376.14%10.14%2.57%8.58%
201473.29%11.01%3.24%9.86%
201572.98%11.09%2.79%10.39%
201672.65%10.63%2.90%10.54%
201772.43%10.23%3.22%11.24%
201873.37%9.24%3.16%11.55%
201975.39%9.89%2.60%9.85%

Special Education Teacher Wage Gap By Race

Hispanic or latino special education teachers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown special education teachers have the lowest average salary at $51,725.
$55,000
$54,000
$53,000
$52,000
$51,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$51,725
White$53,168
Black or African American$53,730
Asian$53,890
Hispanic or Latino$54,341

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Average Age of a Special Education Teacher

We determined the average age of special education teachers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Special Education Teacher Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4546
Unknown39
Asian41.5
Hispanic or Latino34.539
White4343
American Indian and Alaska Native45

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.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Special Education Teacher Age

Special Education Teacher YearsPercentages
40+ years59%
30-40 years29%
20-30 years12%

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 DegreePercentages
Bachelors66%
Masters27%
Associate5%
Doctorate1%
Other Degrees1%

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Special Education Teacher Wage Gap By Education

Special education teachers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $55,186 annually. With a Masters degree, special education teachers earn a median annual income of $52,529 compared to $45,299 for special education teachers with an Bachelors degree.
$56,000
$54,000
$52,000
$50,000
$48,000
$46,000
$44,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$52,529
Bachelor's Degree$45,299
Doctorate Degree$55,186

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.

Company Size

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

> 10,000

Special Education Teacher Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees5%
100 - 500 employees33%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees41%
> 10,000 employees3%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Special Education Teacher Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education81%
Public1%
Private11%
Government6%

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.

Education

Government

Non Profits

Finance

Health Care

Special Education Teacher Industry Statistics

IndustryPercentages
Education80%
Government7%
Non Profits4%
Finance2%
Health Care2%
Professional2%
Manufacturing1%
Construction1%
Retail1%
Technology1%

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

YearSpecial Education Teacher Unemployment Rate
20103.76%
20112.84%
20122.73%
20132.09%
20142.34%
20152.46%
20161.61%
20171.66%
20180.99%
20190.83%

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

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Special Education Teacher Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year20%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years6%
11+ years13%

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 TitleLGBTJob Openings
Nursery Supervisor5.48%1,088
Course Assistant6.04%7,769
Art Teacher9.52%69,820
Special Education Teacher11.12%
Multimedia Teacher11.15%53,375
English Instructor12.94%27,111
Home Supervisor16.25%40,543

Special Education Teacher LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Nursery Supervisor5.48%1,088
Course Assistant6.04%7,769
Art Teacher9.52%69,820
Multimedia Teacher11.15%53,375
English Instructor12.94%27,111
Home Supervisor16.25%40,543

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

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish65.4%
French8.3%
Arabic2.7%
German2.6%
Braille2.6%
Other18.4%

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Where Do Special Education Teachers Earn The Most?

Special education teachers earn the most in Maryland, where the average special education teacher salary is $76,282. The map here shows where special education teachers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Special Education Teachers?

By looking through more than 44,474 resumes, we found that the most popular places for special education teachers are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Special Education Teachers

Number Of Special Education Teacher Jobs By State

Where Are Special Education Teachers In High Demand?

Special education teachers are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 101 job openings for special education teachers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country special education teachers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Special Education Teacher Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Special Education Teachers Are Female?

74.4% of special education teachers are female in the United States. This is 1.0 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female special education teachers has increased by 0.7 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 526,310 female special education teachers in the U.S. and 181,096 male special education teachers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 707,406 people with the specific job title of special education teacher and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Special Education Teacher Are There In The Us?

There are over 667,914 Special Education Teachers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Special Education Teachers Are Black?

9.9% of Special Education Teachers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Special Education Teachers?

Most a are White, with 75.4% of Special Education Teachers belonging to this ethnicity. 9.9% of Special Education Teachers are Black or African American, 9.9% of Special Education Teachers are Hispanic or Latino, 2.6% of Special Education Teachers are Asian, 1.7% of Special Education Teachers are Unknown, and 0.5% of Special Education Teachers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Special Education Teacher Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Special Education Teacher jobs are not male - dominated. 75% of Special Education Teachers are female, and 24% are male, so there are more female Special Education Teachers than male Special Education Teachers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Special Education Teacher ?

The average Special Education Teacher is 43 years old. 59% of Special Education Teachers are 40+ years old or older, 29% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 12% are between 20-30 years old

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