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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

25-2051 Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Teach academic, social, and life skills to preschool-aged students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities. Excludes “Substitute Teachers, Short-Term” (25-3031).


National estimates for Special Education Teachers, Preschool
Industry profile for Special Education Teachers, Preschool
Geographic profile for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

National estimates for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
21,130 5.1 % (4) $ 71,970 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,540 $ 48,450 $ 62,420 $ 85,040 $ 123,860
  (4)

Industry profile for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Special Education Teachers, Preschool are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Special Education Teachers, Preschool, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 13,940 0.17 (4) $ 68,570
Child Day Care Services 2,690 0.33 (4) $ 84,100
Individual and Family Services 2,050 0.08 (4) $ 75,730
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 670 0.07 (4) $ 67,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 500 0.01 (4) $ 63,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 2,690 0.33 (4) $ 84,100
Educational Support Services 410 0.21 (4) $ 84,690
Elementary and Secondary Schools 13,940 0.17 (4) $ 68,570
Individual and Family Services 2,050 0.08 (4) $ 75,730
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 670 0.07 (4) $ 67,630

Top paying industries for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 410 0.21 (4) $ 84,690
Child Day Care Services 2,690 0.33 (4) $ 84,100
Other Schools and Instruction 30 0.01 (4) $ 79,330
Individual and Family Services 2,050 0.08 (4) $ 75,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 (7) (4) $ 70,160


Geographic profile for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Special Education Teachers, Preschool are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Special Education Teachers, Preschool, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of special education teachers, preschool by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,800 0.44 2.93 (4) $ 99,190
Minnesota 1,890 0.69 4.60 (4) $ 67,730
New Jersey 1,540 0.40 2.66 (4) $ 82,800
Florida 1,530 0.18 1.19 (4) $ 65,940
Ohio 1,250 0.24 1.60 (4) $ 67,150


Map of location quotient of special education teachers, preschool by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,890 0.69 4.60 (4) $ 67,730
New York 3,800 0.44 2.93 (4) $ 99,190
New Jersey 1,540 0.40 2.66 (4) $ 82,800
Vermont 110 0.39 2.62 (4) $ 65,510
Kansas 430 0.32 2.16 (4) $ 55,810


Map of annual mean wages of special education teachers, preschool by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,800 0.44 2.93 (4) $ 99,190
Virginia 1,140 0.30 2.02 (4) $ 89,390
New Jersey 1,540 0.40 2.66 (4) $ 82,800
Massachusetts 700 0.21 1.37 (4) $ 81,800
California 540 0.03 0.22 (4) $ 78,310



Map of employment of special education teachers, preschool by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,150 0.48 3.19 (4) $ 100,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,360 0.75 4.98 (4) $ 69,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 820 0.28 1.87 (4) $ 101,190
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 660 0.27 1.79 (4) $ 70,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.48 (4) $ 79,180
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 490 0.25 1.69 (4) $ 74,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 400 0.27 1.80 (4) $ 67,240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 370 0.14 0.92 (4) $ 71,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.08 0.54 (4) $ 65,430
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.24 1.61 (4) $ 68,550


Map of location quotient of special education teachers, preschool by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Canton-Massillon, OH 130 0.85 5.67 (4) $ 64,920
Rochester, MN 100 0.84 5.58 (4) $ 62,790
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 40 0.76 5.06 (4) $ 68,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,360 0.75 4.98 (4) $ 69,960
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,150 0.48 3.19 (4) $ 100,010
Yakima, WA 40 0.46 3.07 (4) $ 65,520
Colorado Springs, CO 130 0.46 3.04 (4) $ 52,250
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 190 0.45 3.00 (4) $ 69,420
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.42 2.78 (4) $ 64,300
Topeka, KS 40 0.40 2.66 (4) $ 57,800


Map of annual mean wages of special education teachers, preschool by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 820 0.28 1.87 (4) $ 101,190
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,150 0.48 3.19 (4) $ 100,010
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.18 1.21 (4) $ 97,900
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 88,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.48 (4) $ 79,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.19 1.27 (4) $ 77,280
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 490 0.25 1.69 (4) $ 74,470
Trenton, NJ 50 0.22 1.48 (4) $ 74,050
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.36 2.42 (4) $ 73,840
Ogden-Clearfield, UT (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 72,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.46 3.04 (4) $ 49,190
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.51 3.39 (4) $ 59,890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 3.34 (4) $ 65,820
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 4.09 (4) $ 60,170
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.13 (4) $ 28,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 4.09 (4) $ 60,170
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 3.89 (4) $ 62,850
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 3.58 (4) $ 66,260
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.51 3.39 (4) $ 59,890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 3.34 (4) $ 65,820

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Special Education Teachers, Preschool:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.21 (4) $ 68,850
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 1.95 (4) $ 68,610
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.54 (4) $ 67,660
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 3.03 (4) $ 66,510
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 3.58 (4) $ 66,260


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022