Starting Salaries for Education Graduates

Once you've earned your Education Degree, it's time to start working in your preferred field. What salary level can you expect? Here's a brief overview of the salary expectations you can have as the proud holder of a degree in Education.

o Teacher in Public Schools

Although teacher pay varies by state and by school district, virtually all public schools in the U.S. employ a rigid salary grid to determine the teacher salaries paid in a specific district. This single, unified salary schedule recognizes only years of service and amount of education as inputs in determining the pay of individual teachers. It treats all degrees as equivalent, regardless of where they were earned or in what subject.

A new teacher with a bachelor's degree would start at the salary of $32,722 for the nine-month school year. Salaries usually increase at a rate of 2-3% a year. However, for a teacher with a bachelor's degree, this salaries usually cap at year 12 at or around $44,916 per school year.

With a master's degree instead of a bachelor's degree, a teacher would be paid $51,192 rather than $44,916. The other benefit of having the master's degree is that salary step increases are no longer capped in year 12, but continue to increase to $69,859.

If the teacher subsequently earns another 30 education credits beyond the master's degree, this again shifts the teacher to even higher pay. The added credential boosts the teacher's pay $53,238. After 25 years of service, the teacher's pay could increase to $79,318.

o Educational Administrators

Most education administrators begin in related occupations, often as teachers. But most earn master's degrees in Education Administration or Educational Leadership, and some pursue a doctorate degree as well. Here is a breakdown of professions and salaries in administration (information provided by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Administrators K-12


Senior High School $82,225

Jr. High/Middle School $78,160

Elementary school $74,062

Assistant Principals

Senior High School $68,945

Jr. High/Middle School $66,319

Elementary school $63,398

Administrators in Higher Education

Chief academic officer $127,066

Academic deans

Business $120,460

Arts and Sciences $110,412

Graduate programs $109,309

Education $107,660

Nursing $100,314

Health-related professions $100,185

Continuing Education $91,800

Occupational or Vocational Education $79,845

Other administrators

Chief Development Officer $114,400

Dean of Students $75,245

Director, student financial aid $63,130

Registrar $61,953

Director, student activities $45,636

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