Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

25-2054 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes 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. Substitute teachers are included in "Teachers and Instructors, All Other" (25-3099).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
141,420 1.8 % (4) $58,080 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $36,630 $43,960 $54,810 $69,860 $86,380
(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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 138,100 1.62 (4) $58,250
Educational Support Services 700 0.53 (4) $50,230
State Government (OES Designation) 480 0.02 (4) $46,890
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 440 0.08 (4) $48,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 410 0.01 (4) $58,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 138,100 1.62 (4) $58,250
Educational Support Services 700 0.53 (4) $50,230
Other Residential Care Facilities 210 0.13 (4) $46,840
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 440 0.08 (4) $48,480
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 180 0.05 (4) $39,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 138,100 1.62 (4) $58,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 410 0.01 (4) $58,080
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 100 0.04 (4) $56,250
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) (4) $56,170
Other Schools and Instruction 60 0.02 (4) $51,090


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 16,010 1.92 1.73 (4) $73,510
California 11,250 0.80 0.72 (4) $69,800
Illinois 8,320 1.50 1.35 (4) $59,620
Ohio 7,700 1.57 1.41 (4) $56,950
Texas 7,680 0.76 0.69 (4) $51,690




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 4,310 2.35 2.11 (4) $49,000
West Virginia 1,360 1.97 1.77 (4) $42,940
New York 16,010 1.92 1.73 (4) $73,510
Missouri 4,130 1.59 1.43 (4) $50,290
Ohio 7,700 1.57 1.41 (4) $56,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 16,010 1.92 1.73 (4) $73,510
Connecticut 2,200 1.38 1.24 (4) $70,630
California 11,250 0.80 0.72 (4) $69,800
Alaska 440 1.42 1.27 (4) $69,500
Virginia 4,640 1.32 1.18 (4) $67,250

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,470 1.70 1.53 (4) $76,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,480 1.17 1.06 (4) $69,930
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,590 1.01 0.91 (4) $68,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,270 1.49 1.34 (4) $55,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,830 1.57 1.41 (4) $62,190
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,680 2.23 2.00 (4) $88,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,650 1.16 1.04 (4) $78,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,210 1.76 1.58 (4) $61,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,140 1.29 1.16 (4) $61,880
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 2,060 2.13 1.91 (4) $65,820




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rockford, IL 660 4.84 4.35 (4) $60,830
Champaign-Urbana, IL 330 3.35 3.01 (4) $51,430
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 570 3.32 2.98 (4) $49,820
San Angelo, TX 140 3.31 2.98 (4) $57,880
Great Falls, MT 110 3.16 2.84 (4) $38,620
Ocean City, NJ 120 3.12 2.80 (4) $67,480
Racine, WI 200 2.80 2.51 (4) $57,530
Rochester, NY 1,330 2.76 2.48 (4) $58,610
Winchester, VA-WV 140 2.74 2.46 (4) $52,610
Kingston, NY 160 2.74 2.46 (4) $74,800




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,680 2.23 2.00 (4) $88,090
Waterbury, CT 100 1.65 1.48 (4) $86,460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 880 0.71 0.64 (4) $79,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,650 1.16 1.04 (4) $78,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $77,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.54 0.48 (4) $76,940
El Centro, CA 110 2.17 1.95 (4) $76,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,470 1.70 1.53 (4) $76,420
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 640 2.66 2.39 (4) $76,030
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 660 1.63 1.47 (4) $75,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 580 4.40 3.96 (4) $47,340
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 570 1.51 1.35 (4) $44,900
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 550 2.13 1.92 (4) $48,880
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 410 1.42 1.28 (4) $44,240
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 410 4.91 4.41 (4) $45,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 410 4.91 4.41 (4) $45,820
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 580 4.40 3.96 (4) $47,340
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 90 4.36 3.92 (8) (8)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 270 3.34 3.00 (4) $45,080
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 2.75 2.47 (4) $67,410

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.85 0.76 (4) $74,000
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $70,300
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 2.75 2.47 (4) $67,410
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.49 1.34 (4) $66,970
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.10 0.99 (4) $65,740


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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