Salary Information for Physical Education Graduates
The type of teacher you choose to become should depend on the specific age group you like to teach. How much can you earn teaching at these various age levels? Let’s take a look at the salary information for teachers, based on studies by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Salary Information for Elementary Teachers
Elementary school teachers typically deal with children between the ages of 5 and 10 and they make an average of $54,330 annually, with most earning between $41,750 and $64,890 annually. Top paying positions for elementary school teachers can be found in the following states: Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.
Salary Information for Middle School Teachers
If you’re interested in working with slightly older children (ages 10 to 14, approximately), you can consider becoming a middle school physical education teacher. On average, teaching at this level makes it possible for you to earn an average of $54,880 annually, just slightly more than you’ll earn as an elementary school teacher.
Most teachers at this level make between $42,070 and $65,450 annually. At the middle school level, the top-paying jobs can be found in New York, Connecticut, Alaska, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Salary Information for High School Teachers
Physical education teachers interested in working with older children can consider teaching at a high school level and work with teens. High school teachers earn slightly more – an average of $55,990 annually with most teachers earning between $42,670 and $67,210 annually. The highest-paying positions are located in the following states: New York, Alaska, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Making More Money as a Physical Education Graduate
Want to make more money as a physical education teacher? No matter what level you teach at, here are a few tips you can use to earn a higher salary:
- Earn a master’s degree in your field.
- Take on activities responsibilities, such as coaching after school.
- Continue working at a single school throughout your career.
- Work in a high-need area (which also allows you to apply for loan forgiveness programs in some cases).
- Work for a private school rather than a public school.
If you want to work as a health educator, you will likely have to take additional courses as well as complete a certification exam, depending on where you live and the type of employer. A health educator provides and manages health education programs that help people maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Some schools hire full-time health educators with a physical education background.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, health educators earned a mean annual wage of $52,150 in May of 2011. With a master’s degree, you may earn more. States with the highest employment level in this occupation include:
- New York