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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Special Educator Salary

$49,937 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

$24.01 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$49,937
Median
$69,000
90 %

How much does a Special Educator make?

Special educators make $49,937 per year on average, or $24.01 per hour, in the United States. Special educators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $69,000.

Location impacts how much a special educator can expect to make. Special educators make the most in Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Special Educators

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

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Special Educator average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Connecticut$68,375$32.87652
2Maryland$72,748$34.98845
3Alaska$62,684$30.14140
4New Jersey$62,986$30.281,103
5Delaware$55,192$26.53209
6New York$62,952$30.271,469
7Pennsylvania$52,161$25.081,625
8District of Columbia$70,765$34.02152
9Kentucky$46,724$22.46744
10Illinois$50,772$24.411,725
11Ohio$50,092$24.081,361
12Massachusetts$62,156$29.88801
13West Virginia$59,299$28.51132
14Rhode Island$50,204$24.14156
15New Hampshire$45,790$22.01356
16Texas$52,997$25.481,800
17Vermont$45,593$21.92179
18Michigan$46,768$22.481,255
19California$55,308$26.592,746
20Wyoming$44,001$21.15113
21Nevada$43,382$20.86629
22Georgia$51,842$24.92742
23Nebraska$42,946$20.65441
24Oregon$47,619$22.89520
25Missouri$43,757$21.04874
26Tennessee$45,183$21.72535
27New Mexico$41,998$20.19299
28South Carolina$44,179$21.24458
29Washington$46,578$22.39811
30North Dakota$42,159$20.27118
31Louisiana$44,019$21.16317
32Alabama$44,308$21.30305
33Arizona$40,197$19.331,201
34Virginia$47,647$22.91751
35North Carolina$44,081$21.19850
36Hawaii$49,470$23.7880
37Oklahoma$39,991$19.23497
38Indiana$40,627$19.53771
39Iowa$41,397$19.90376
40Florida$42,925$20.641,497
41Wisconsin$40,611$19.52627
42Arkansas$39,130$18.81347
43Mississippi$40,134$19.30238
44Kansas$39,693$19.08358
45Maine$37,497$18.03215
46Montana$33,410$16.06224
47Colorado$37,955$18.25831
48Idaho$32,602$15.67275
49South Dakota$35,446$17.04146
50Minnesota$37,747$18.15710
51Utah$35,396$17.02382

Highest Paying Cities For Special Educators

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Baltimore, MD$72,957$35.08
2Stratford, CT$69,143$33.24
3Brick, NJ$63,950$30.75
4New York, NY$63,585$30.57
5Charleston, WV$58,259$28.01
6Lompoc, CA$56,051$26.95
7Houston, TX$54,400$26.15
8Knoxville, TN$47,096$22.64
9Seattle, WA$46,982$22.59
10Danville, VA$45,341$21.80
11Saint Louis, MO$45,178$21.72
12Charleston, SC$44,050$21.18
13Fort Lauderdale, FL$43,121$20.73
14Denver, CO$37,848$18.20
15Helena, MT$33,246$15.98

Special Educator Salary Details

Special Educator Salary

What is a Special Educator's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33
75th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
Average$49,937$4,161$24
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$35,000$2,917$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Infant And Toddler Teacher$28,749$2,396$13.8263,094
Long Term Substitute Teacher$45,651$3,804$21.9569,133
Certified Teacher$48,734$4,061$23.4392,051
Toddler Teacher$27,883$2,324$13.4167,810
Learning Support Teacher$34,145$2,845$16.42120,054
Infant Teacher$27,744$2,312$13.3463,079

Which Companies Pay Special Educators The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, SunnyvaleSD and Maxim Healthcare Group are the highest paying companies for special educators.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1SunnyvaleSD$69,412$33.3735
2Maxim Healthcare Group$67,977$32.68227
3Guthrie North America Inc$67,068$32.2410
4People Inc of Va$66,862$32.152
5TheraCare$66,398$31.922
6Bilingual Therapies$66,308$31.88
7Prince George's County Memorial Library System$65,638$31.56
8Pleasant Ridge$65,270$31.38
9CARE$65,065$31.281
10Palatine School District 15$64,969$31.2418
11K12$64,914$31.21279
12Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES$64,908$31.21323
13Sunny Days$64,210$30.872
14TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers$63,151$30.3619
15USD 457 Garden City Public Schools$61,782$29.709
16Stratford Board Of Education$61,296$29.47
17Las Virgenes Unified School District$61,097$29.37
18Saint Paul Public Schools$60,615$29.14
19Township High School District 113$60,142$28.9129
20The City University of New York$59,931$28.813

Special Educator Salary Trends

Average Special Educator Salary Over Time

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

    Special Educator Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$49,900$24.01+0.3%
    2021$49,800$23.94+1.8%
    2020$48,900$23.52+1.3%
    2019$48,300$23.21+2.7%
    2018$47,000$22.59+2.2%

    Recently Added Special Educator Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Democracy Prep Public SchoolsHigh School Pace Special EducatorNew York, NY05/31/2022$63,480
    Tutor Doctor Chandler-Gilbert-Phoenix-Scottsdale-Special Education TutorCasa Grande, AZ05/28/2022$41,740
    Saint Paul Public Schools-#625Tosa-Special EducationSaint Paul, MN05/28/2022$47,271
    Denver Public SchoolsTechear, Special Education Summer School, Moderate Needs, 9Th-12Th GradeDenver, CO05/26/2022$84,419
    Region VII Education Service CenterSecondary Special EducationLeague City, TX05/23/2022$60,000
    State of OklahomaSpecial Educator I and IIAda, OK05/13/2022$36,601
    Auburn Union Elementary School DistrictPara-Educator Special Education School YearAuburn, CA05/08/2022$32,015
    Gwinnett County Public SchoolsTchr SP ED-RES Interrelated-Special Education (Language Arts)Suwanee, GA05/06/2022$48,646
    Kelly ServicesBuilding Substitute Needed at Northwest Suburban Special Education OrganizationMount Prospect, IL04/29/2022$28,696
    San Diego UnifiedSpecial Education Certificated PoolSan Diego, CA04/27/2022$87,181

    Special Educator Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Special Educators the most?

    Maryland pays Special Educators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $72,748 per year, or $34.98 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Special Educator if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $70,765 per year.

    What type of Special Educator gets paid the most?

    Summer School Teacher gets paid the most. Summer School Teacher made a median salary of $55,912. The best-paid 10 percent make $68,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $45,000.

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