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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Special Education Teacher Salary

$47,958 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$23.06 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10 %
$47,958
Median
$62,000
90 %

How much does a Special Education Teacher make?

Special education teachers make $47,958 per year on average, or $23.06 per hour, in the United States. Special education teachers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $62,000.

Location impacts how much a special education teacher can expect to make. Special education teachers make the most in Maryland, Alaska, New York, Washington, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Special Education Teachers

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

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Special Education Teacher average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Maryland$67,969$32.681,062
2Connecticut$56,328$27.08580
3District of Columbia$65,305$31.40235
4New Jersey$55,546$26.701,372
5New York$59,237$28.481,681
6Washington$57,476$27.63798
7Wyoming$47,240$22.71109
8Delaware$52,107$25.05167
9Pennsylvania$49,856$23.971,775
10Alaska$67,669$32.5362
11Oregon$53,133$25.54523
12Illinois$48,772$23.452,014
13Massachusetts$55,462$26.66935
14West Virginia$54,208$26.0699
15Ohio$46,574$22.391,436
16New Hampshire$45,293$21.78324
17Nebraska$44,004$21.16417
18Michigan$45,037$21.651,270
19Vermont$45,887$22.06127
20Kentucky$43,345$20.84677
21Virginia$52,763$25.37918
22Rhode Island$49,178$23.64127
23Nevada$43,369$20.85647
24California$55,358$26.612,739
25Kansas$45,955$22.09358
26North Dakota$45,525$21.8988
27Florida$46,524$22.371,658
28Georgia$46,925$22.56973
29Missouri$43,253$20.79935
30Texas$43,600$20.962,201
31Minnesota$42,361$20.37877
32Tennessee$42,215$20.30570
33Iowa$41,504$19.95380
34Wisconsin$39,960$19.21627
35South Carolina$39,876$19.17501
36New Mexico$38,950$18.73309
37Hawaii$48,178$23.1663
38Oklahoma$38,196$18.36495
39Arizona$37,626$18.091,086
40Colorado$39,143$18.82948
41North Carolina$39,697$19.091,010
42Indiana$38,053$18.29836
43Montana$35,474$17.05215
44Arkansas$37,120$17.85322
45Alabama$40,004$19.23252
46Maine$37,560$18.06150
47Utah$38,142$18.34339
48Louisiana$38,210$18.37289
49South Dakota$37,329$17.9549
50Idaho$37,192$17.88141
51Mississippi$35,918$17.27199

Highest Paying Cities For Special Education Teachers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Baltimore, MD$68,394$32.88
2Washington, DC$65,282$31.39
3New York, NY$59,761$28.73
4Richmond, CA$57,511$27.65
5Ashburn, VA$54,774$26.33
6Philadelphia, PA$50,424$24.24
7Chicago, IL$49,092$23.60
8Savannah, GA$46,914$22.55
9Topeka, KS$46,150$22.19
10Detroit, MI$45,314$21.79
11Covington, KY$44,681$21.48
12Houston, TX$44,028$21.17
13Saint Louis, MO$43,879$21.10
14Minneapolis, MN$42,374$20.37
15Columbia, SC$40,014$19.24

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Baltimore, MD
  2. Washington, DC
  3. New York, NY
  4. Richmond, CA
  5. Ashburn, VA

Special Education Teacher Salary Details

Special Education Teacher Salary

What is a Special Education Teacher's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$62,000$5,167$30
75th Percentile$55,000$4,583$26
Average$47,958$3,997$23
25th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20
10th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
2nd Grade Teacher$48,358$4,030$23.2559,077
Teacher$47,494$3,958$22.8371,918
Elementary School Teacher$54,562$4,547$26.2384,607
Learning Support Teacher$34,145$2,845$16.42120,054
Long Term Substitute Teacher$45,651$3,804$21.9569,133
Resource Teacher$52,285$4,357$25.1473,796

How would you rate the starting salaries for Special Education Teachers, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

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

Which Companies Pay Special Education Teachers The Most?

The highest paying companies for special education teachers are Miriam Hospital and Adventist HealthCare according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like The Monarch School and AdventHealth report highly competitive wages for special education teachers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Miriam Hospital$78,337$37.6620
2Adventist HealthCare$76,191$36.6314
3The Monarch School$59,430$28.573
4AdventHealth$57,545$27.6727
5St. Mary's Health Inc.$54,889$26.392
6Renaissance Learning$54,857$26.3719
7California State University$54,243$26.08
8The Wonderful Company$53,719$25.835
9Prince George's Community College$53,465$25.70
10Wellpath$53,451$25.707
11Alliance College-Ready Public Schools$53,261$25.61
12Acadia Healthcare$52,533$25.2615
13Santa Barbara Unified School District$52,056$25.039
14SunnyvaleSD$51,990$25.0043
15Woodburn High School$51,955$24.98
16Piedmont Unified School District$51,815$24.9110
17Linden Public Schools$51,538$24.7815
18Torrance Unified School District$51,530$24.7722
19American Medical Association$51,318$24.673
20Simi Valley Unified School District$51,314$24.676

Special Education Teacher Salary Trends

Average Special Education Teacher Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Special Education Teacher Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$48,000$23.06+0.3%
    2021$47,800$23.00+1.8%
    2020$47,000$22.59+1.3%
    2019$46,400$22.29+2.7%
    2018$45,100$21.69+2.2%

    Recently Added Special Education Teacher Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Seneca CenterSpecial Education TeacherOakland, CA06/02/2022$70,000
    Banning Unified School DistrictSpecial Education Teacher (Moderate/Severe)Banning, CA06/01/2022$56,692
    Careerstaff UnlimitedSpecial Education Teacher-SchoolsMesquite, TX06/01/2022$65,600
    Paradise SchoolsSpecial Education TeacherSurprise, AZ06/01/2022$41,680
    Ft Leavenworth USD 207Special Education Teacher High-Incidences KLeavenworth, KS06/01/2022$44,000
    Catapult LearningSpecial Education Teacher-Summer School & Positions Available)Denver, CO06/01/2022$93,915
    Pomona Unified School DistrictSpecial Education Teacher-Mild/Moderate-Various Sites-VN-23 School Year)Pomona, CA06/01/2022$49,342
    Seneca Family of AgenciesSpecial Education TeacherOakland, CA05/31/2022$70,000
    Carestaff PartnersCarestaff Partners-Contract-Special Education Teacher NeedFleetwood, PA05/31/2022$70,958
    Public Preparatory NetworkMiddle School Special Education Teacher-Multiple Locations (Available)New York, NY05/31/2022$67,000

    Special Education Teacher Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Special Education Teachers the most?

    Maryland pays Special Education Teachers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $67,969 per year, or $32.68 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Special Education Teacher?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Special Education Teacher if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $67,669 per year.

    What type of Special Education Teacher gets paid the most?

    Science Teacher gets paid the most. Science Teacher made a median salary of $60,064. The best-paid 10 percent make $72,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $49,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Special Education Teacher?

    A good starting salary for a special education teacher is $36,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a special education teacher in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for special education teachers is $47,958, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a special education teacher can vary by state.

    How much do first-year special education teachers make?

    First-year special education teachers make an average of $45,300.

    The starting salary usually depends on the state, district, and placement of special education teachers. Some have reported having lower first-year salaries of around $35,000, depending on the state.

    Where do special ed teachers get paid the most?

    Special ed teachers get paid most in Washington D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania, with runners up in Texas and Illinois. Special ed teachers may also find their skillset useful in areas such as public schools, private care centers, and private tutoring companies.

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