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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

25-2058 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Teach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school 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, Secondary School
Industry profile for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Geographic profile for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

National estimates for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

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

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
145,690 1.7 % (4) $ 70,100 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 47,230 $ 49,850 $ 62,120 $ 79,030 $ 100,310
  (4)

Industry profile for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 140,720 1.74 (4) $ 70,530
Educational Support Services 1,740 0.89 (4) $ 52,420
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,210 0.06 (4) $ 69,460
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 440 0.07 (4) $ 51,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 410 0.01 (4) $ 65,350

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 140,720 1.74 (4) $ 70,530
Educational Support Services 1,740 0.89 (4) $ 52,420
Other Residential Care Facilities 190 0.12 (4) $ 58,330
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 440 0.07 (4) $ 51,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,210 0.06 (4) $ 69,460

Top paying industries for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (8) (8) (4) $ 74,200
Elementary and Secondary Schools 140,720 1.74 (4) $ 70,530
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,210 0.06 (4) $ 69,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) (4) $ 65,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 410 0.01 (4) $ 65,350


Geographic profile for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

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



Map of employment of special education teachers, secondary school by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 17,080 1.97 1.91 (4) $ 87,520
Texas 12,620 1.03 1.00 (4) $ 61,430
Pennsylvania 10,680 1.91 1.85 (4) $ 67,870
California 8,840 0.54 0.52 (4) $ 99,200
Ohio 8,670 1.67 1.61 (4) $ 64,890


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


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 720 2.54 2.46 (4) $ 61,310
Delaware 1,000 2.30 2.22 (4) $ 70,840
New York 17,080 1.97 1.91 (4) $ 87,520
Pennsylvania 10,680 1.91 1.85 (4) $ 67,870
Alaska 570 1.91 1.85 (4) $ 73,680


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


Top paying states for Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,840 0.54 0.52 (4) $ 99,200
New York 17,080 1.97 1.91 (4) $ 87,520
Connecticut 1,230 0.78 0.75 (4) $ 84,450
Washington 2,210 0.69 0.67 (4) $ 83,990
Massachusetts 3,580 1.05 1.02 (4) $ 83,160



Map of employment of special education teachers, secondary school by area, May 2021


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

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 14,700 1.69 1.64 (4) $ 93,110
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,590 2.11 2.04 (4) $ 70,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,010 1.18 1.15 (4) $ 77,590
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,320 0.93 0.90 (4) $ 62,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,260 1.11 1.08 (4) $ 91,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,820 1.54 1.49 (4) $ 67,940
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,760 0.95 0.92 (4) $ 64,220
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,520 1.03 0.99 (4) $ 79,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,450 0.43 0.41 (4) $ 103,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,260 0.87 0.84 (4) $ 84,990


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


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsfield, MA 190 5.16 4.99 (4) $ 67,250
Lawton, OK 180 4.41 4.27 (4) $ 76,580
Bloomington, IL 320 3.80 3.68 (4) $ 59,640
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,760 3.52 3.41 (4) $ 67,020
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 130 3.51 3.39 (4) $ 65,600
Kingston, NY 190 3.46 3.34 (4) $ 88,830
Gettysburg, PA 110 3.35 3.24 (4) $ 64,080
Dover, DE 190 3.06 2.96 (4) $ 64,660
Mansfield, OH 140 2.87 2.77 (4) $ 61,790
Rochester, NY 1,310 2.78 2.69 (4) $ 66,200