How much does a Special Education Teacher make in California?

Updated Nov 27, 2023

Experience

Industry

Total Pay Range
$62K - $99K/yr
Base Pay
$59K - $93K/yr
Additional Pay
$3K - $5K/yr

$78K

/yr
$62K$99K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Special Education Teacher is $77,957 per year in the California area, with an average salary of $74,050 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,906 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $62K-$99K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Special Education Teacher in California

$77,957 /yr
Special Education Teacher
No Salary Reports
Senior Special Education Teacher
$72,552 /yr
Lead Special Education Teacher
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What is the total pay trajectory for Special Education Teacher?

Job TitleSalary
Special Education Teacher$77,957 /yr
Senior Special Education Teacher
Lead Special Education Teacher$72,552 /yr

Related Job Titles

For Special Education Teacher in California

Some related job titles are ABA Therapist Salaries with median pay of $56,882, Physical Education Teacher Salaries with median pay of $71,965, Certified Special Education Teacher Salaries with median pay of $67,668, High School Special Education Teacher Salaries with median pay of $72,773.

Top Paying Companies

For a Special Education Teacher in California

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Special Education Teacher in California. Employers include Fremont USD, Downey USD and Tracy USD.

1
Fremont USD
Fremont USD
$86,811/yr
6 open jobs
3
Tracy USD
$81,934/yr
4
Tobinworld
$79,258/yr
6
Stockton USD
$78,507/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Special Education Teacher in California

1Fremont USD$86,811
2Downey USD$84,341
3Tracy USD$81,934
4Tobinworld$79,258
5San Francisco Unified School District$78,605
6Stockton USD$78,507
7San Juan USD - Sacramento County$77,238
8Santa Clara County Office of Education$76,790
9Sacramento City USD$76,781
10Rocketship Public Schools$76,545
Total Pay Trajectory

For Special Education Teacher in California

$77,957 /yr
Special Education Teacher
No Salary Reports
Senior Special Education Teacher
$72,552 /yr
Lead Special Education Teacher
See Full Career Path

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What is the total pay trajectory for Special Education Teacher?

Job TitleSalary
Special Education Teacher$77,957 /yr
Senior Special Education Teacher
Lead Special Education Teacher$72,552 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Special Education Teacher at different companies in California?

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Los Angeles USD
3.6
Special Education TeacherSee 92 salaries from this location

$74,751

 / yr
West Contra Costa USD - Richmond
2.9
Special Education TeacherSee 57 salaries from this location

$72,519

 / yr
WCCUSD
3
Special Education TeacherSee 47 salaries from this location

$74,788

 / yr
San Francisco Unified School District
2.9
Special Education TeacherSee 47 salaries from this location

$78,605

 / yr
San Jose Unified School District
3.3
Special Education TeacherSee 42 salaries from this location

$75,700

 / yr
Tobinworld
2.3
Special Education TeacherSee 39 salaries from this location

$79,258

 / yr
360 Degree Therapy
3.5
Special Education TeacherSee 37 salaries from this location

$65,909

 / yr

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EdTheory
4.8
Special Education TeacherSee 29 salaries from this location

$72,519

 / yr
Pasadena Unified School District
3.2
Special Education TeacherSee 29 salaries from this location

$73,416

 / yr
San Mateo - Foster City School District
3.4
Special Education TeacherSee 28 salaries from this location

$72,735

 / yr
Oakland Unified School District
3.3
Special Education TeacherSee 27 salaries from this location

$76,298

 / yr
Santa Clara County Office of Education
3.4
Special Education TeacherSee 25 salaries from this location

$76,790

 / yr
Silver Valley Unified School District
4.2
Special Education TeacherSee 24 salaries from this location

$71,383

 / yr
East Side Union High School District - San Jose
4
Special Education TeacherSee 21 salaries from this location

$72,146

 / yr
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
3.9
Special Education TeacherSee 20 salaries from this location

$73,484

 / yr
San Diego Unified School District
3.7
Special Education TeacherSee 19 salaries from this location

$69,231

 / yr
Elk Grove Unified School District
3.8
Special Education TeacherSee 17 salaries from this location

$72,209

 / yr
Eko Multipurpose Center
4
Special Education TeacherSee 16 salaries from this location

$65,274

 / yr
Monterey County Office of Education
2.7
Special Education TeacherSee 16 salaries from this location

$72,149

 / yr
Santa Clara Unified School District
4.1
Special Education TeacherSee 16 salaries from this location

$75,716

 / yr
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Special Education Teacher in California Salaries

Job TitleLocationSalary
Los Angeles USD Special Education Teacher salaries - 92 salaries reportedCalifornia$74,751/yr
West Contra Costa USD - Richmond Special Education Teacher salaries - 57 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,519/yr
WCCUSD Special Education Teacher salaries - 47 salaries reportedCalifornia$74,788/yr
San Francisco Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 47 salaries reportedCalifornia$78,605/yr
San Jose Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 42 salaries reportedCalifornia$75,700/yr
Tobinworld Special Education Teacher salaries - 39 salaries reportedCalifornia$79,258/yr
360 Degree Therapy Special Education Teacher salaries - 37 salaries reportedCalifornia$65,909/yr
EdTheory Special Education Teacher salaries - 29 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,519/yr
Pasadena Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 29 salaries reportedCalifornia$73,416/yr
San Mateo - Foster City School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 28 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,735/yr
Oakland Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 27 salaries reportedCalifornia$76,298/yr
Santa Clara County Office of Education Special Education Teacher salaries - 25 salaries reportedCalifornia$76,790/yr
Silver Valley Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 24 salaries reportedCalifornia$71,383/yr
East Side Union High School District - San Jose Special Education Teacher salaries - 21 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,146/yr
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 20 salaries reportedCalifornia$73,484/yr
San Diego Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 19 salaries reportedCalifornia$69,231/yr
Elk Grove Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 17 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,209/yr
Eko Multipurpose Center Special Education Teacher salaries - 16 salaries reportedCalifornia$65,274/yr
Monterey County Office of Education Special Education Teacher salaries - 16 salaries reportedCalifornia$72,149/yr
Santa Clara Unified School District Special Education Teacher salaries - 16 salaries reportedCalifornia$75,716/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Special Education Teacher in California

The top 5 paying industries for a Special Education Teacher in California are Education with a median total pay of $72,099, Healthcare with a median total pay of $69,847, Nonprofit & NGO with a median total pay of $66,615, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $66,115, and Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $65,029.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • EducationEducation$72,099

    0% Lower than other industries

  • HealthcareHealthcare$69,847

    3% Lower than other industries

  • Nonprofit & NGONonprofit & NGO$66,615

    8% Lower than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$66,115

    9% Lower than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$65,029

    11% Lower than other industries

Education

Top paying companies in Education for Special Education Teacher are Fremont USD, Downey USD, and Tracy USD.

Fremont USDFremont USD$86,811/yr
Downey USDDowney USD$84,341/yr
Tracy USDTracy USD$81,934/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Education?

Job growth in education remains steady, with modest growth in salaries and greater opportunities for workers with STEM specialization or those with advanced degrees. Opportunities are likely to persist with the projected rise in student enrollment in the coming years. Jobs are often reliant upon state and local budgets with public sector benefits being an attractive feature for many job-seekers.

Special Education Teacher pay FAQ in California

The average salary for a Special Education Teacher is $77,957 per year in California. Salaries estimates are based on 19696 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Special Education Teacher employees in California.

The highest salary for a Special Education Teacher in California is $98,801 per year.

The lowest salary for a Special Education Teacher in California is $61,682 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Special Education Teacher or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Special Education Teacher.

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