Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


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)
228,580 1.2 % (4) $53,770 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $34,010 $41,210 $50,950 $64,350 $79,850
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and Secondary Schools 213,640 (4) $54,390
Child Day Care Services 4,830 (4) $37,730
Individual and Family Services 3,580 (4) $45,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,440 (4) $47,680
Educational Support Services 1,220 (4) $50,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 900 (4) $61,470
Other Schools and Instruction 280 (4) $57,860
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 (4) $55,810
Elementary and Secondary Schools 213,640 (4) $54,390
Outpatient Care Centers 210 (4) $51,250


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 1,690 (4) $48,610 4.085
West Virginia 2,610 (4) $40,880 3.703
Maine 1,790 (4) $43,720 3.030
New Jersey 10,340 (4) $60,100 2.685
Massachusetts 8,360 (4) $56,360 2.638

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 660 (4) $70,320 2.151
Connecticut 2,930 (4) $68,120 1.779
New York 21,660 (4) $66,460 2.552
Rhode Island 1,100 (4) $65,550 2.406
California 18,780 (4) $63,440 1.292


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 220 (4) $42,310 5.207
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 650 (4) $42,520 4.526
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 1,050 (4) $67,120 4.274
El Centro, CA 220 (4) $67,500 4.262
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 320 (4) $58,870 4.243

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,050 (4) $81,450 3.302
Visalia-Porterville, CA 220 (4) $79,050 1.686
Pittsfield, MA 60 (4) $75,720 1.726
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 (4) $75,590 0.768
Salinas, CA (8) (4) $72,210 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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