How Much Does A Special Education Teacher Make?

Special education teachers are very dedicated individuals who don’t just teach people with special needs but actually touch their lives and that of their families as well. Special education teachers can work with preschool, elementary school and high school students who have mild to moderate to severe disabilities.

Early detection of disabilities in children and the law that requires students suffering from disabilities to be given free education in the public school system will both drive the need for special education teachers. As far as earnings go, special education teachers are paid well.

Average Special Education Teacher Annual Salary

$59,450

The average annual salary for special education teachers is $59,450 a year. Salaries start at $35,160 a year and go up to $93,620 a year.

Stats were based out of 40,190 employed special education teachers in the United States.

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Executive Special Education Teacher

$93,620/year

(Top 10% of Special Education Teachers)


Senior Special Education Teacher

$71,190/year

(Top 25% of Special Education Teachers)


Mid Level Special Education Teacher

$53,860/year

(Median)


Junior Special Education Teacher

$43,310/year

(Bottom 25% of Special Education Teachers)


Entry Level Special Education Teacher

$35,160/year

(Bottom 10% of Special Education Teachers)


Special Education Teacher Average Salary Comparison

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
$64k / year
$0 / hour
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
$61k / year
$0 / hour
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
$61k / year
$0 / hour
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
$60k / year
$0 / hour
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
$60k / year
$0 / hour
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
$59k / year
$0 / hour
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
$59k / year
$0 / hour
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
$59k / year
$0 / hour
Special Education Teachers, All Other
$59k / year
$0 / hour
Special Education Teachers, Preschool
$56k / year
$0 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Special Education Teachers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Special Education Teachers

Special Education Teacher Salary By State

Rank State Annual Salary
#1 Delaware $80,350
#2 Oregon $77,880
#3 California $72,270
#4 Virginia $71,950
#5 Georgia $70,580
#6 Massachusetts $69,070
#7 Minnesota $69,920
#8 Rhode Island $66,360
#9 Connecticut $65,250
#10 Michigan $64,910
#11 Pennsylvania $64,160
#12 Illinois $64,410
#13 Vermont $62,480
#14 Alabama $62,680
#15 District of Columbia $62,250
#16 Tennessee $60,110
#17 New Jersey $60,450
#18 Iowa $59,960
#19 Washington $58,890
#20 Kansas $58,860
#21 Nebraska $57,120
#22 North Carolina $56,490
#23 Louisiana $56,260
#24 Kentucky $55,050
#25 Alaska $55,880
#26 New Mexico $54,440
#27 Mississippi $54,290
#28 West Virginia $54,750
#29 Texas $53,650
#30 Wisconsin $52,410
#31 Oklahoma $52,760
#32 Florida $51,180
#33 Nevada $51,610
#34 Colorado $49,680
#35 Utah $48,850
#36 Idaho $48,420
#37 Arizona $47,340
#38 Indiana $47,820
#39 Missouri $44,250
#40 Arkansas $42,170
#41 Montana $42,210
#42 Ohio $40,280
#43 Hawaii $39,760
#44 Puerto Rico $34,760

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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