Special education teachers

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2019 Workforce
430k
Average Age
43.2
Average Salary
$52,261
Average Male Salary
$54,319
Average Female Salary
$51,915

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Special education teachers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Special education teachers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Special education teachers, by average wage, is Business, technical & trade schools and training. Special education teachers are paid most in Frederick County (Outside Greater Frederick City) PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Cherokee County (Central)Woodstock & Canton Cities PUMA, GA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,261
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,074

In 2019, Special education teachers earned an average of $52,261, $3,263 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Legal support workers, all other make somewhat more than Special education teachers while Architectural and civil drafters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Special education teachers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.284
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Special education teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.284, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Special education teachers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Special education teachers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Special education teachers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Special education teachers, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Child day care services, and Other schools & instruction and educational support services.

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Industries by Share

430k
2019 Workforce
± 16,085
70.3%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.61%

The number of people employed as Special education teachers has been growing at a rate of 70.3%, from 252,751 people in 2018 to 430,466 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Special education teachers employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Special education teachers at  96.7%, followed by Child day care services with 0.861% and Other schools & instruction and educational support services with 0.52%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Special education teachers in the US. The average age of male Special education teachers in the workforce is 42.5 and of female Special education teachers is 43.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Special education teachers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

62k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,113
368k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 14,884

85.6% of Special education teachers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Special education teachers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Special education teachers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

77% of Special education teachers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.67% of Special education teachers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Special education teachers.

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Age by Gender

42.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.28
43.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.496

The median age of Special education teachers is 43.2, and Male employees are generally 0.785 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Special education teachers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Special education teachers is Education but a relatively high number of Special education teachers hold a major in Education.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Special education teachers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Special education teachers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Special education teachers need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Service Orientation.

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