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In 2012, the median salary for middle school teachers was $53,430. The highest earners took home $82,190, while the lowest-paid brought in about $36,740. The highest-paid teachers reside in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Chico, Calif., and Napa, Calif.

Job Salary Year
2004 $46,530.00
2006 $49,520.00
2008 $52,620.00
2010 $54,890.00
2012 $56,280.00

Average Middle School Teacher Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With an average salary of $56,280 in 2012, a middle school teacher’s pay is higher than many occupations on our list of the Best Social Services Jobs. Teacher assistants bring in $25,310 annually, which is significantly lower than what middle school teachers earn. By comparison, elementary school teachers earn $56,130 and high school teachers make about $57,770 annually. School psychologists, on the other hand, outearn middle-level educators, raking in $72,220, while interpreters and translators earn $45,430, a similar amount to middle school teachers.

Job Name Salary
Speech-Language Pathologist $69,870.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Teacher Assistant $23,640.00

Best Paying Cities for Middle School Teachers

The highest paid in the middle school teacher profession work in the metropolitan areas of Chico, Calif., Nassau, N.Y., and Napa, Calif. The Santa Ana, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Kingston, N.Y.

Chico, Calif.

Average Salary: $94,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a middle school teacher working in Chico, Calif. is $94,060, which is $40,630 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $91,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a middle school teacher working in Nassau, N.Y. is $91,200, which is $37,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

Napa, Calif.

Average Salary: $82,030 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a middle school teacher working in Napa, Calif. is $82,030, which is $28,600 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Average Salary: $79,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a middle school teacher working in Santa Ana, Calif. is $79,050, which is $25,620 more than the average pay in the profession.

Kingston, N.Y.

Average Salary: $79,030 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a middle school teacher working in Kingston, N.Y. is $79,030, which is $25,600 more than the average pay in the profession.

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