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What Does it Take to Be a Special Education Teacher?

Position Description All special education teachers not listed separately.

  • Autism Tutor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher for Adults with Disabilities
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Job Outlook for Special Education Teachers

In the United States, there were 41,300 jobs for Special Education Teacher in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,100 new jobs for Special Education Teacher by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,400 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Special Education Teacher are Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii. Watch out if you plan on working in North Dakota, North Carolina, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Special Education Teacher

The average yearly salary of a Special Education Teacher ranges between $34,580 and $98,730.

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Special Education Teachers who work in Oregon, Rhode Island, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Special Education Teachers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $60,840
Alaska $62,040
Arizona $48,850
Arkansas $34,140
California $66,640
Colorado $51,370
Connecticut $70,200
District of Columbia $67,310
Florida $51,500
Georgia $58,010
Hawaii $37,160
Idaho $47,080
Illinois $54,120
Indiana $46,190
Iowa $75,280
Kansas $67,310
Kentucky $58,910
Louisiana $57,490
Maryland $51,090
Massachusetts $56,700
Michigan $72,670
Minnesota $68,540
Mississippi $57,280
Missouri $55,780
Montana $58,430
Nebraska $60,060
Nevada $55,650
New Hampshire $48,150
New Jersey $65,380
New Mexico $56,290
North Carolina $45,670
Ohio $42,690
Oklahoma $40,300
Oregon $81,990
Pennsylvania $66,780
Rhode Island $81,180
South Carolina $62,740
Tennessee $57,580
Texas $53,840
Utah $72,290
Vermont $45,400
Virginia $78,340
Washington $59,520
West Virginia $53,030
Wisconsin $63,010

Where do Special Education Teachers Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Special Education Teachers employed by various industries.

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