Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

25-2042 Special Education Teachers, Middle School

Teach middle 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)
93,790 2.0 % (4) $44,920 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $28,890 $33,840 $42,010 $53,470 $67,040
(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 92,010 (4) $45,070 1 2
State government (OES designation) 870 (4) $35,920 2 6
Local government (OES designation) 200 (4) $39,090 3 5
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 150 (4) $33,340 4 8
Residential mental health facilities 80 (4) $34,390 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Outpatient care centers 60 (4) $47,470 6 1
Elementary and secondary schools 92,010 (4) $45,070 1 2
Educational support services 30 (4) $41,890 8 3
Individual and family services (6) (4) $40,440 (6) 4
Local government (OES designation) 200 (4) $39,090 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
Louisiana 3,840 (4) $34,780 0.208% 294
West Virginia 1,050 (4) $35,920 0.154% 241
New Jersey 4,780 (4) $51,310 0.123% 230
New Mexico 890 (4) $37,320 0.121% 221
Massachusetts 3,660 (4) $43,690 0.115% 284

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 8,650 (4) $65,130 0.105% 125
Rhode Island 420 (4) $59,670 0.089% 96
Connecticut 1,450 (4) $52,940 0.088% 181
California 5,420 (4) $52,050 0.037% 249
Alaska 260 (4) $51,680 0.089% 151

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
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 450 (4) $49,780 0.246%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 580 (4) $64,510 0.240%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 320 (4) $42,810 0.197%
Springfield, MA MSA 490 (4) $42,110 0.193%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 750 (4) $46,300 0.189%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 1,450 (4) $68,620 0.121%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 580 (4) $64,510 0.240%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA (6) (4) $60,310 (6)
San Diego, CA MSA (6) (4) $59,040 (6)
Dutchess County, NY PMSA 150 (4) $58,540 0.133%

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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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