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Special education teacher salary in California

How much does a Special Education Teacher make in California?

Average base salary

as national average
Average $96,359
Low $65,178
High $142,458
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a special education teacher is $96,359 per year in California. 4.2k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in California

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Special Education Teachers in California

  1. Every Special Child
    13 reviews310 salaries reported
    $117,324per year
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Highest paying cities for Special Education Teachers near California

  1. Patterson, CA
    $118,031 per year
    28 salaries reported
  2. Van Nuys, CA
    $115,397 per year
    5 salaries reported
  3. Temecula, CA
    $100,082 per year
    10 salaries reported
  1. San Rafael, CA
    $91,346 per year
    42 salaries reported
  2. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    $89,365 per year
    6 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $74,701 per year
    103 salaries reported
  1. Oakland, CA
    $74,205 per year
    207 salaries reported
  2. Santa Rosa, CA
    $73,655 per year
    39 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $70,711 per year
    191 salaries reported
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Where can a Special Education Teacher earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Special Education Teachers

Most recommended license

Licensed Clinical Social Worker(earn +72.82% more)

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 27.06% since 2018. Special Education Teachers with this license earn +72.82% more than the average base salary, which is $96,359 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
20131increase by 1
20144increase by 300.00%
201517increase by 325.00%
201617decrease by 0.00%
201714decrease by 17.65%
201885increase by 507.14%
201962decrease by 27.06%

Top companies hiring Special Education Teachers on Indeed

ZSN System & Solutions
Sage Oak Charter Schools
School Hiring
Oxford Consulting Services
Tutor Me Education
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Top skills
Crisis Intervention
Top certifications
Certified School Psychologist
Top specialties
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
26 jobs51
137 jobs282
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Most common benefits for Special Education Teachers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Loan repayment program
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid housing
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 6,998 ratings

42% of Special Education Teachers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in California?


Job openings

Average $25.74 per hour

Elementary School Teacher

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Average $22.45 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Special Education Teacher

How can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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How can special education teachers increase their salary?

To increase your salary as a special education teacher, consider the following options:

  • Pursue a master's degree. Those who earn a master's degree in special education can receive higher earnings and stand out among competitors. An advanced degree could also help you negotiate salary expectations.
  • Apply for administrative positions. You can also potentially increase your salary by applying for administrative roles within special education, such as special education coordinator.
  • Search by state. A contributing factor to salary can be the geographic location of one's employment. Consider researching the highest paying states and applying for jobs in those areas.
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