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Working As A Substitute Teacher

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Substitute Teacher Do

A Substitute Teacher works in the absence of the full-time classroom teacher. They ensure that normal classroom routines are followed and discipline is maintained.

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Average Length of Employment
Teacher 3.9 years
Junior Teacher 3.0 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Teacher/Tutor 2.4 years
Guest Teacher 2.4 years
Substitute Teacher 2.0 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Substitute Teacher
Teacher 13.6%
Cashier 8.3%
Internship 7.7%
Tutor 4.8%
Volunteer 4.5%
Server 2.7%
Instructor 2.5%
Manager 2.4%
Secretary 2.3%
Assistant 2.3%
Top Careers After Substitute Teacher
Teacher 22.5%
Cashier 5.8%
Tutor 5.5%
Internship 4.5%
Volunteer 3.9%
Instructor 3.5%

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Substitute Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

67.5%

Male

24.0%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.5%

French

11.8%

German

4.1%

Arabic

3.5%

Italian

3.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Chinese

2.1%

Japanese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Mandarin

1.6%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Urdu

0.9%

Hebrew

0.8%

Polish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Tagalog

0.4%

Cantonese

0.3%

Swedish

0.3%
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Substitute Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Grand Canyon University

7.9%

Liberty University

7.2%

Ashford University

6.2%

Walden University

5.0%

Capella University

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Eastern Michigan University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.6%

Kean University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Montclair State University

3.4%

Texas State University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Florida State University

3.2%

Western Michigan University

3.1%
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Majors

Elementary Education

15.4%

Business

12.4%

Education

12.2%

Psychology

7.6%

Special Education

5.2%

English

4.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.7%

Early Childhood Education

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

History

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Social Work

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

School Counseling

2.6%

Sociology

2.5%

Nursing

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Health Education

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.7%

Masters

27.4%

Other

14.5%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$12,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kaplan
Highest Paying City
Salinas, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Substitute Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Substitute Teacher in the United States is $29,627 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $12,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $69,000.

Real Substitute Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Substitute Teacher Ocean Charter School Los Angeles, CA Aug 10, 2015 $69,560
Substitute Teacher Greyhills Academy High School Tuba City, AZ Jan 20, 2012 $49,545
Substitute Teacher Greyhills Academy High School Tuba City, AZ Jan 10, 2011 $48,356
Longterm Substitute Teacher BD of Education Muskegon Co Whitehall, MI Nov 01, 2013 $37,566
Substitute Teacher Ramah Navajo School Board of Education Hillsboro, NM Oct 20, 2009 $36,731
Substitute Teacher South Campus Palatine, IL Sep 22, 2012 $35,479
Substitute Teacher Eagle County Schools Edwards, CO Oct 22, 2007 $32,349
Substitute Teacher Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School Minneapolis, MN Jul 09, 2012 $31,305
Substitute Teacher Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School Minneapolis, MN Aug 20, 2012 $31,305
Substitute Teacher Artesia Public Schools Artesia, NM Dec 28, 2015 $29,573
Substitute Teacher Little Footprints Preschool San Francisco, CA May 18, 2015 $28,341

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Top Skills for A Substitute Teacher

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained classroom rules and implemented clear expectations of student behavior for effective classroom management.
  • Create lesson plans using the creative curriculum as a guide line and make adaptations in lessons for students' individual needs.
  • Developed individual and group lesson plans for teaching mathematics and facilitated instruction.
  • Maintain standards of the classroom as dictated by the absent teacher and building professionals.
  • Performed routine class activities and classroom management as assigned.

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Top 10 Best States for Substitute Teachers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Alaska
  3. North Dakota
  4. Oregon
  5. Nevada
  6. Maryland
  7. California
  8. New Mexico
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Massachusetts
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