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Special Education Teachers in California

Want to work in California as a Special Education Teacher? Read this first!

6.9% Jobs Projection
$62,690 Median Salary
230 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Special Education Teachers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Special Education Teachers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Special Education Teachers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Special Education Teachers Work in California?

2,950 people worked as Special Education Teachers in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,030 Special Education Teachers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 920 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 220 Special Education Teachers working in it, which means California has more Special Education Teachers than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Special Education Teachers in this state are growing at a rate of 6.9% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 9.9%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 230 annual job openings, and 3,100 total jobs in 2026 for Special Education Teachers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 3,400 annual jobs and 45,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Special Education Teachers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Special Education Teachers ranged from $32,780 to $106,630 with $62,690 being the median annual salary.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Special Education Teachers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Special Education Teachers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,230 $74,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 480 $49,600
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 n/a
Fresno, CA 50 $88,520
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 $62,510

Top States for Special Education Teachers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Special Education Teachers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Florida 7,310 $49,260
California 2,950 $62,690
New Jersey 2,340 $59,770
Virginia 2,220 $77,920
Michigan 1,880 $69,370
Texas 1,460 $55,200
Ohio 1,430 $37,450
Oregon 1,240 $83,120
Illinois 880 $49,880
Minnesota 880 $66,930
Georgia 870 $56,960
New Mexico 800 $58,050
Louisiana 700 $56,070
Rhode Island 690 $79,300
Connecticut 660 $70,970
Tennessee 650 $58,420
Massachusetts 650 $49,330
Kentucky 510 $58,190
South Carolina 380 $60,810
Arizona 340 $48,320

Below are the states where Special Education Teachers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Oregon $83,120
Rhode Island $79,300
Virginia $77,920
Iowa $75,840
Utah $74,360
Connecticut $70,970
Michigan $69,370
Kansas $68,500
Minnesota $66,930
Pennsylvania $66,220

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