Special education teachers are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, special education teachers rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 41% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy special education teachers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Childcare program administrator
3.2
$47k
Childcare worker
3.2
$22k
Distance learning coordinator
3.2
$85k
Preschool teacher
3.2
$24k
Teacher
3.0
$42k
Kindergarten teacher
3.0
$57k
High school teacher
3.0
$59k
School psychologist
3.0
$78k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are special education teachers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do special education teachers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as special education teachers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are special education teacher’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are special education teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Are special education teachers happy with their salary?