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How Much Does a Special Education Teacher Earn In The United States?

Special Education Teacher Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
$35,000
$47,000
$63,000
Special education teachers in the United States make an average salary of $47,526 per year or $22.85 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Vermont, California, Maryland, and New York provide the highest special education teacher salaries.
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Where Special Education Teachers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where special education teachers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Special Education Teachers Earn In Different Cities?

While a special education teacher can average a salary of $47,526 per year, or $22.85 per hour, there are many opportunities for special education teachers to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $65,596 per year. Other high-paying locations include Monterey, CA, Baltimore, MD and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $45,000. The highest paying states for special education teachers include Alaska, Vermont and California. Meanwhile, Arkansas, Mississippi, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Washington, DC
$65,596
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k
2. Monterey, CA
$61,566
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k
3. Baltimore, MD
$57,048
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k
4. New York, NY
$56,041
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k
5. Ashburn, VA
$52,257
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k
6. Covington, KY
$51,151
Avg. Salary
$26k
$79k

High Paying Special Education Teacher Jobs

Which Companies Pay Special Education Teachers The Most?

To earn a high income as a special education teacher, working for St. John's Community Services or The Stepping Stones Group might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like St. Coletta of Greater Washington and May Institute report highly competitive wages for special education teachers.
Company
$84,095
Avg. Salary
$52k
$95k
Avg. Salary
$52k
$95k
Avg. Salary
$52k
$95k

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Patricia Rogan Ph.D.

Professor, Special Education/Urban Teacher Education, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Teacher salaries continue to grow, but they vary from state to state and district to district. According to the NEA, the average starting salary for beginning teachers in 2017-18 was $39,249. The average salary of all teachers in the U.S. was $61,730 in 2018-19, which was a 2.1% increase from the previous year. Despite COVID-19 and its impact on teachers, it is doubtful that teacher salaries will jump significantly in the years ahead (due to state economic challenges) unless teachers strike.Show more

Special Education Teacher Salary History

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    Recently Added Special Education Teacher Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Albany Charter School Network
    Albany Charter School Network
    Special Education Teacher
    Special Education Teacher
    Special Education Teacher
    Erda, UT
    Erda, UT
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $60,000
    $60,000
    03/29/2021
    Wayne Arc
    Wayne Arc
    Special Education Teacher
    Special Education Teacher
    Special Education Teacher
    Newark, NY
    Newark, NY
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $35,762
    $35,762
    03/27/2021
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Teacher-Special Education (Special Education Teacher)
    Teacher-Special Education (Special Education Teacher)
    Teacher-Special Education (Special Education Teacher)
    Three Rivers, TX
    Three Rivers, TX
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $71,116
    $71,116
    03/27/2021
    Albany Charter School Network
    Albany Charter School Network
    Founding Special Education Teacher
    Founding Special Education Teacher
    Founding Special Education Teacher
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $60,000
    $60,000
    03/27/2021
    Distinctive Schools
    Distinctive Schools
    Northside Special Education Teacher School Year)
    Northside Special Education Teacher School Year)
    Northside Special Education Teacher School Year)
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    03/26/2021
    03/26/2021
    $50,000
    $50,000
    03/26/2021
    Associate Teacher, Licensed, Special Education Moderate Needs-K-5Th, Ela-E
    Associate Teacher, Licensed, Special Education Moderate Needs-K-5Th, Ela-E
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    03/25/2021
    03/25/2021
    $40,000
    $40,000
    03/25/2021
    Special Teacher:Ba/Bs+Lic+10
    Special Teacher:Ba/Bs+Lic+10
    Faribault, MN
    Faribault, MN
    03/25/2021
    03/25/2021
    $54,408
    $54,408
    03/25/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Special Education Teacher) School Year
    Special Education Teacher) School Year
    Special Education Teacher) School Year
    Olympia, WA
    Olympia, WA
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $83,480
    $83,480
    03/24/2021
    Nashua School District
    Nashua School District
    Continuing Sub Special Education Teacher-Case Manager for Charter Schools
    Continuing Sub Special Education Teacher-Case Manager for Charter Schools
    Continuing Sub Special Education Teacher-Case Manager for Charter Schools
    Nashua, NH
    Nashua, NH
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $40,884
    $40,884
    03/24/2021
    Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
    Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
    Summer School Special Education Teacher (ESY)
    Summer School Special Education Teacher (ESY)
    Summer School Special Education Teacher (ESY)
    Lake Zurich, IL
    Lake Zurich, IL
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $93,915
    $93,915
    03/24/2021