Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

25-2041 Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School

Teach elementary and preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Include teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
207,530 1.3 % (4) $45,920 3.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $29,080 $34,530 $42,920 $54,570 $68,370
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 199,690 (4) $46,270 1 1
Individual and family services 2,090 (4) $33,490 2 12
Child day care services 1,060 (4) $40,020 3 5
Local government (OES designation) 1,050 (4) $41,580 4 3
Educational support services 590 (4) $33,350 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 199,690 (4) $46,270 1 1
Other schools and instruction 460 (4) $43,000 7 2
Local government (OES designation) 1,050 (4) $41,580 4 3
Other hospitals 50 (4) $41,400 14 4
Child day care services 1,060 (4) $40,020 3 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 23,470 (4) $63,650 0.284% 138
West Virginia 1,890 (4) $36,970 0.277% 227
New Jersey 10,070 (4) $49,270 0.260% 247
Maine 1,500 (4) $37,380 0.255% 238
Rhode Island 1,190 (4) $48,600 0.251% 165

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 23,470 (4) $63,650 0.284% 138
Delaware 890 (4) $54,690 0.221% 100
Michigan 5,340 (4) $53,840 0.123% 158
Connecticut 3,130 (4) $53,490 0.191% 177
California 15,150 (4) $53,160 0.104% 238

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 280 (4) $37,250 0.373%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 180 (4) $39,640 0.348%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 380 (4) $44,110 0.346%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 690 (4) $46,310 0.331%
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 410 (4) $42,830 0.328%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ventura, CA PMSA 180 (4) $92,450 0.061%
San Diego, CA MSA (6) (4) $63,810 (6)
Salinas, CA MSA 240 (4) $63,370 0.155%
Detroit, MI PMSA 2,110 (4) $61,640 0.105%
Fresno, CA MSA (6) (4) $59,510 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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