Teaching Salary Guide for Washington State

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    Early and Elementary Education

    • As of March 2010, preschool teachers in Washington earned an average of $28,912 per year, making them the lowest-paid teachers in the state, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Entry-level wages for preschool teachers were an average of $21,321 annually, while experienced teachers in the field averaged $32,709. Elementary school teachers received an overall average of $56,457 annually. Yearly salaries averaged $42,673 for new elementary school educators and $63,348 for experienced educators.

    Middle and High School Education

    • Middle school teachers in Washington earned an average of $57,297 per year as of March 2010, explains the Washington State Employment Security Department. High school teachers made an average of $58,613 and were the third highest-paid educators in the state. Entry-level middle and high school teachers received an average of $43,658 and $44,408 per year, respectively. Experienced teachers' salaries averaged $64,116 at the middle school level and $65,715 at the high school level.

    Special Education

    • Elementary school special education teachers in Washington received a yearly average of $55,343 overall, $42,313 at the entry level and $61,857 with experience as of March 2010, reports the Washington State Employment Security Department. At the middle school level, special education teachers earned an average of $54,635 per year overall with entry-level and experienced teachers averaging $41,113 and $61,397, respectively. Salaries for secondary school special educators averaged $55,044 annually overall. Entry-level teachers in the field made an average of $40,100 each year, while experienced teachers averaged $62,516.

    Vocational Education

    • Vocational middle school teachers made an average of $60,445 per year as of March 2010, making them the second-highest paid teachers in Washington, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Those with the least experience received an average of $48,201 annually, while teachers with more extensive experience averaged $66,566. The highest-paid teachers in Washington were vocational high school teachers who earned a yearly average of $60,614. Entry-level and experienced educators in the field received an average of $46,333 and $67,755 per year, respectively.

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