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Substitute teacher salary in United States

How much does a Substitute Teacher make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $19.43
Low $12.44
High $30.36
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a substitute teacher is $19.43 per hour in the United States. 18.4k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
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6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Substitute Teachers in United States

  1. School Professionals
    111 reviews138 salaries reported
    $126per hour
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Highest paying cities for Substitute Teachers near United States

  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $24.59 per hour
    246 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $24.47 per hour
    122 salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $23.28 per hour
    100 salaries reported
  1. Detroit, MI
    $21.25 per hour
    36 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $21.06 per hour
    148 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $20.03 per hour
    59 salaries reported
  1. San Antonio, TX
    $16.94 per hour
    153 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $15.78 per hour
    207 salaries reported
  3. Tampa, FL
    $15.74 per hour
    68 salaries reported
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Where can a Substitute Teacher earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Substitute Teachers

Top certifications
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Special Education Certification

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7 jobs18
9 jobs29
5 jobs7
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Most common benefits for Substitute Teachers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid orientation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 18,436 ratings

36% of Substitute 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 United States?

Elementary School Teacher

Job openings

Average $18.12 per hour

Special Education Teacher

Job openings

Average $59,802 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Substitute Teacher

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a substitute teacher?

If you are not sure about what salary is appropriate for a substitute teacher, you may visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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How often do substitute teachers get paid?

Substitute teachers can be paid weekly or monthly depending on the school.

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