What does a Physical Education Teacher do?

Physical education teachers help students develop their physical abilities and healthy habits to carry on for the rest of their lives. They organize games and challenges and promote physical activity among children and young adults from kindergarten through high school to help develop motor skills and physical development among younger children and proper exercise and eating habits among older children. Physical education teachers adjust their lesson plans to adapt to student abilities and some coach sports teams.

Physical education teachers must have strong speaking and listening skills and know movements and activities to communicate and demonstrate the exercise correctly. Physical education teachers must observe all students, maintain discipline within a class, and sometimes interact with parents, other teachers, and school administrators. Physical education teachers are required to be licensed must pass a subject area exam in physical education and a basic skills exam. They are required to need a minimum bachelor's degree in physical education and state licensing where applicable.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Physical Education Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,553 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $55K
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Washingtonville Central School District
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Aug 18, 2021

“I don't have any negative comments about my home town school district I enjoyed every aspect.”

Humble ISDHumble ISD
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Mar 1, 2021

“I have no cons because everyone was helpful”

NorthStar AcademyNorthStar Academy
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Jan 13, 2022

“The pay is good for someone straight out of college”

Prestige ValetPrestige Valet
Physical Education Teacher
Oct 27, 2021

“You get a flexible Schedule”

Power ConstructionPower Construction
PE Intern
Jun 8, 2020

“Great people to work with”

Sportz Village SchoolsSportz Village Schools
Physical Education Teacher
Apr 6, 2021

“Salary was on time which is good”

Trinity Episcopal School, Austin, TXTrinity Episcopal School, Austin, TX
Pe Teacher/Coach
Mar 23, 2021

“Not the best pay for what you do”

Gloucestershire County CouncilGloucestershire County Council
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Jan 6, 2022

“Salary capped at top of scale”

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