The Average Salary of a High School Spanish Teacher

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The Average Salary of a High School Spanish Teacher
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High school Spanish teachers provide important instruction to high school students. Whether they realise it at the time, students benefit greatly from taking Spanish courses in high school because they can continue those studies in college. Since most colleges require a foreign language as part of many degree programs, it is best to already have some understanding of the language beforehand. Salaries for high school Spanish teachers vary by state, experience and degree level.

Teacher Salary Infomation

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, school teachers made a median annual salary from £30,615 to £33,267, as of May 2008. The lowest amount paid to teachers at that time was between £20,130 and £22,282, while the top one-tenth of teachers nationwide made a salary that ranged as high as £48,873 to £52,630.

Determination of Salary

The salary for a high school Spanish teacher is not necessarily determined by the subject that they teach, although some financial incentive may be provided in certain school districts where there is a greater need for bilingual teachers. Teacher salaries are normally determined by the teacher's degree level and how many years of experience they happen to have. For example, teachers in the state of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree and five years of experience can expect to make £21,775 (as of 2010), whereas fives year of experience with a master's degree will qualify you to make £22,555. First-year bachelor's degree teachers made £20,540 while teachers with 25 or more years of experience made £27,511.

Highest Paying School Districts

PayScale notes that there are three school districts nationwide that have the highest range of teacher salaries. Teachers working for the New York City Department of Education made between £30,657 and £42,680 in 2010. The city of Philadelphia's school district paid teachers between £29,235 and £38,022, while teachers in Miami-Dade County school district made between £26,596 and £48,274.

Teaching Spanish

Teaching Spanish in a secondary school usually requires that you hold a teaching certificate in your state of residence. The teaching certificate usually has various endorsements that indicate which subjects you are able to teach. You will normally need to complete a bachelor's degree and pass a subject area test indicating your knowledge of the field in which you intend to teach. Salaries are not determined by how well you do on the test.

Average Salaries

Spanish teachers generally fall within the average range of salaries for other teachers nationwide. PayScale notes an average nationwide salary for Spanish teachers ranging from £21,131 to £33,064, as of October 2010. The greatest number of teachers teaching this subject had between one and four years of experience.

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