Teacher Salary, Career and Benefits Guide
Types of Teaching Jobs and Careers in Education
- Preschool teachers
- Kindergarten teachers
- Early childhood educators
- Middle school teachers
- High school teachers
- English teachers
- ESL teachers (English as a second language)
- History teachers
- Math teachers
- Special education teachers
- Music teachers
- Science teachers
- Physical education teachers
- Adult and continuing education teachers
Degree Requirements for a Teaching Career
- Bachelor’s degree/bachelor’s degree in education: Kindergarten and elementary general education school teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher, special education teacher, English as a second language (ESL) teacher.
- Master’s in teaching (MAT) or master’s in education (MEd): Kindergarten and elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher, postsecondary teacher, special education teacher, ESL teacher. Learn more about MAT vs. MEd.
- Doctorate in education (EdD): While most states do not require kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education or ESL teachers to obtain a doctoral degree, some may choose to pursue them. A doctorate may be required for a role as a postsecondary teacher. Learn more about EdD vs. PhD in Education.
States with Best Teaching Salaries
- New York
Top Average Elementary Teacher Salary
Top Average Middle School Teacher Salary
Top Average High School Teacher Salary
Top Average Postsecondary Business Teacher Salary
Other Top Salaries in the Education Field
- Adult basic and secondary education and ESL teachers: $55,350
- Career and technical education teachers: $59,140
- Child, family and school social workers: $52,370
- Educational, guidance and career counselors and advisors: $62,320
- Elementary, middle and high school principals: $98,490
- Instructional coordinators: $66,970
- Postsecondary education administrators: $97,500
- School and career counselors: $58,120
- School psychologists: $80,960
- Special education teachers: $61,500
FAQs About Teaching Careers
What is the highest-paying teacher job? Teacher salary depends on a variety of factors, including experience, area of expertise and job environment. According to the BLS, some of the higher-paying teacher jobs based on median annual wages in May 2020 were in universities and colleges. These roles typically require at least a master’s degree. They include: law teachers, $116,430; economics teachers, $107,260; engineering teachers, $103,600; and health specialties teachers, $99,090.
According to the BLS, the job outlook for kindergarten and elementary school teachers and middle school teachers has a projected growth of 7% from 2020 to 2030, which is as fast as the average for all positions. The demand for teachers in postsecondary teaching positions is higher, with employment between 2020 and 2030 expected to grow 12%, much faster than average.
According to the BLS, teaching job outlook across school levels is positive. Each year from 2020 and 2030, the BLS projects, on average, 111,500 additional kindergarten and elementary teacher jobs, 44,800 more middle school teacher jobs and 78,200 new high school teacher jobs. The career outlook for postsecondary teachers is also promising. There were 1,276,900 postsecondary teacher jobs in 2020, and 156,700 jobs are expected to be added each year by 2030.
The answer to this question depends on what’s important to you. Based on where you want to work, your career goals and what kind of income you want, you may find a teaching career to be both intrinsically and extrinsically fulfilling. In a 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey, 90% of U.S. teachers said they were satisfied with their jobs.