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Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers typically specialize in teaching a specific subject such as biology, mathematics or history. Middle school falls between elementary and high school. Middle school teachers provide a more in-depth education in subjects introduced in elementary school.

Some teachers participate in making decisions regarding textbooks, the budget, teaching methods and curriculum design. They typically teach rotating classes and thus spend less time with each student than elementary school teachers.

Responsibilities

  • Create lesson plans
  • Prepare students for national and state tests and assessments
  • Choose instructional materials and resources
  • Motivate students to learn
  • Grade homework
  • Design tests
  • Monitor student behavior
  • Provide exposure to potential careers
  • Provide assistance to individuals and groups
  • Adapt lessons to different levels of learning ability within a group

Job Characteristics

Many middle school teachers have a diverse student population in their classes. Watching students gaining new skills and knowledge can be very rewarding. However, sometimes they have to deal with unruly students. Teachers may have to deal with stress due to the pressure of producing students that are capable of giving satisfactory performances on standardized tests in core subjects.

Some teachers work in modern school settings, yet some teachers work in older schools that are not in good shape and don't have all the modern amenities. When combining classroom teaching and work performed outside of the classroom some teachers work more than 40 hours a week. Most middle school teachers work a 10 month school year and have a two month summer vacation.

Teachers that are employed in private schools typically have smaller class sizes and are given more power in creating their curriculum and establishing performance standards.

Employment Middle School Teachers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a 11 percent job growth for middle school teachers from 2006 to 2016 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. The demand for teachers varies by regions of the country and the subject taught. There is a demand for teachers that are bilingual and for those that can teach English as a second language.

In 2006 the median annual earnings for kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary teachers had a range from $43,580 to $48,690. In some schools teachers may receive extra pay by working with students in extracurricular activities or for coaching sports.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Middle school teachers are typically required to have a bachelor's degree in education. The Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education provide accreditation for teacher education programs. Graduating from an accredited program is not required for becoming a teacher, however, it may make it easier to fulfill licensure requirements.

Most states offer alterative paths to licensure for people that have a college degree in other subjects. Private school teachers typically need a bachelor's degree but do not have to be licensed.

An education degree usually provides courses in topics such as psychology of learning, philosophy of education, teaching methods, and using computers and other learning technologies. In most programs students must partake in a student-teaching internship.

Every state requires public school teachers to be licensed. Most private schools do not require a license. In most states teachers must complete a minimum number of hours in continuing education in order to renew their license. Most states provide alternative licensure programs for teachers that have earned a bachelor's degree in the subject they will teach that have not taken the necessary education courses required for a regular license.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are public schools and private schools.

Schools for Middle School Teachers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Middle School Teachers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Middle School Teachers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2930 $49,990
Hoover 2930 $49,990
Mobile 1160 $46,680
Huntsville 730 $50,680
Tuscaloosa 610 $46,010
Opelika 460 $52,290
Auburn 460 $52,290
Oxford N/A $47,590
Jacksonville N/A $47,590
Anniston N/A $47,590
Muscle Shoals N/A $48,670
Florence N/A $48,670
Dothan N/A $48,720
Montgomery N/A $49,990
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 6430 $42,320
Mesa 6430 $42,320
Phoenix 6430 $42,320
Tucson 1240 $37,610
Yuma 330 $37,480
Flagstaff 220 $44,460
Prescott 210 $41,240
Douglas 190 $41,650
Sierra Vista 190 $41,650
Lake Havasu City 160 $37,420
Kingman 160 $37,420
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1310 $45,390
North Little Rock 1310 $45,390
Little Rock 1310 $45,390
Jonesboro 310 $45,470
Hot Springs 230 $48,710
Pine Bluff 200 $43,970
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 15000 $69,880
Anaheim 15000 $69,880
Long Beach 15000 $69,880
Hayward 6700 $66,970
San Francisco 6700 $66,970
Oakland 6700 $66,970
Ontario 5020 $77,660
San Bernardino 5020 $77,660
Riverside 5020 $77,660
Carlsbad 3840 $65,770
San Diego 3840 $65,770
San Jose 3440 $76,120
Santa Clara 3440 $76,120
Sunnyvale 3440 $76,120
Sacramento 3220 $66,940
Roseville 3220 $66,940
Arden 3220 $66,940
Arcade 3220 $66,940
Lodi 1600 $66,210
Stockton 1600 $66,210
Fresno 1470 $66,690
Bakersfield 1210 $66,240
Salinas 860 $68,110
Modesto 740 $72,290
Merced 700 $68,840
Thousand Oaks 580 $65,910
Ventura 580 $65,910
Oxnard 580 $65,910
Redding 440 $73,350
Yuba City 170 $65,940
Visalia N/A $61,270
Porterville N/A $61,270
San Luis Obispo N/A $61,440
Paso Robles N/A $61,440
Arroyo Grande N/A $61,440
Watsonville N/A $61,910
Santa Cruz N/A $61,910
Santa Rosa N/A $62,090
Vallejo N/A $63,980
Fairfield N/A $63,980
Chico N/A $67,080
Madera N/A $70,390
Santa Barbara N/A $71,070
Santa Maria N/A $71,070
El Centro N/A $74,460
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 6390 $50,850
Lakewood 6390 $50,850
Denver 6390 $50,850
Colorado Springs 1680 $44,460
Boulder 910 $59,150
Fort Collins 750 $49,220
Greeley 600 $45,350
Pueblo 430 $44,190
Grand Junction 300 $46,030
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 3020 $75,880
East Hartford 3020 $75,880
West Hartford 3020 $75,880
Bridgeport 2600 $81,730
Norwalk 2600 $81,730
Stamford 2600 $81,730
New Haven 1740 $76,920
Danbury 550 $77,150
Waterbury 460 $81,120
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 8790 $47,950
Fort Lauderdale 8790 $47,950
Miami 8790 $47,950
Tampa 5040 $44,030
St. Petersburg 5040 $44,030
Clearwater 5040 $44,030
Kissimmee 4910 $46,990
Orlando 4910 $46,990
Sanford 4910 $46,990
Jacksonville 2170 $47,030
Lakeland 1180 $43,640
Winter Haven 1180 $43,640
Cape Coral 1120 $45,650
Fort Myers 1120 $45,650
Bradenton 870 $47,060
North Port 870 $47,060
Sarasota 870 $47,060
Port St. Lucie 830 $50,160
Melbourne 730 $43,230
Palm Bay 730 $43,230
Titusville 730 $43,230
Ormond Beach 690 $41,350
Daytona Beach 690 $41,350
Deltona 690 $41,350
Tallahassee 680 $43,530
Brent 600 $50,350
Ferry Pass 600 $50,350
Pensacola 600 $50,350
Naples 590 $49,170
Immokalee 590 $49,170
Marco Island 590 $49,170
Destin 450 $47,780
Crestview 450 $47,780
Fort Walton Beach 450 $47,780
Gainesville 380 $42,110
Panama City 360 $40,840
Sebastian 240 $47,750
Vero Beach 240 $47,750
Punta Gorda 200 $56,170
Ocala N/A $50,140
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 14590 $53,780
Atlanta 14590 $53,780
Roswell 14590 $53,780
Macon 820 $54,000
Albany 760 $53,970
Savannah 670 $50,400
Dalton 540 $53,570
Valdosta 500 $50,510
Brunswick 190 $71,680
Hinesville 130 $47,520
Athens N/A $61,620
Clarke County N/A $61,620
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1340 $56,960
Lahaina 230 $57,050
Wailuku 230 $57,050
Kahului 230 $57,050
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 1060 $48,470
Idaho Falls 460 $40,580
Pocatello N/A $50,260
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 840 $44,370
Springfield 830 $50,870
Champaign 380 $46,830
Urbana 380 $46,830
Rockford 370 $60,660
Bloomington 300 $53,840
Danville 190 $46,250
Kankakee 180 $52,240
Carbondale 140 $54,890
Marion 140 $54,890
Decatur 110 $41,930
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 2730 $49,280
Anderson 2730 $49,280
Carmel 2730 $49,280
Goshen 420 $50,840
Elkhart 420 $50,840
Fort Wayne 390 $50,940
La Porte 210 $52,320
Michigan City 210 $52,320
Muncie 200 $46,110
Terre Haute 190 $47,240
Bloomington 90 $40,480
Kokomo N/A $50,280
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 1240 $59,890
Des Moines 1240 $59,890
Cedar Rapids 630 $55,600
Iowa City 250 $48,610
Cedar Falls 250 $74,870
Waterloo 250 $74,870
Dubuque 140 $45,480
Ames 120 $52,640
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1170 $45,600
Topeka 540 $53,570
Lawrence 260 $47,570
Manhattan 160 $50,270
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 1080 $55,170
Fayette 1080 $55,170
Owensboro 270 $51,600
Bowling Green 250 $51,320
Fort Knox 210 $56,240
Elizabethtown 210 $56,240
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 1280 $48,580
Metairie 1260 $46,480
New Orleans 1260 $46,480
Shreveport 870 $47,240
Bossier City 870 $47,240
Lafayette 380 $46,280
Alexandria 170 $43,540
Monroe 50 $48,220
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 1000 $54,950
Portland 1000 $54,950
Bangor 300 $62,250
Auburn 180 $45,380
Lewiston 180 $45,380
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 6780 $58,620
Columbia 6780 $58,620
Baltimore 6780 $58,620
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Leominster 440 $67,920
Gardner 440 $67,920
Barnstable Town 410 $68,580
New Bedford 320 $66,220
Pittsfield 190 $60,210
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 7490 $69,120
Detroit 7490 $69,120
Dearborn 7490 $69,120
Grand Rapids 2210 $64,550
Wyoming 2210 $64,550
Kalamazoo 800 $62,640
Portage 800 $62,640
East Lansing 630 $58,530
Lansing 630 $58,530
Flint 550 $68,610
Ann Arbor 450 $64,690
Muskegon 310 $63,300
Monroe 300 $65,250
Jackson 300 $67,080
Battle Creek 260 $58,270
Niles 240 $53,760
Benton Harbor 240 $53,760
Midland 150 $67,790
Saginaw 130 $65,910
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 490 $49,320
St. Cloud 350 $56,160
North Mankato 100 $60,660
Mankato 100 $60,660
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 1320 $39,460
Gulfport 710 $43,280
Pascagoula 710 $43,280
Biloxi 710 $43,280
Hattiesburg 250 $40,060
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 790 $56,720
Jefferson City 440 $58,100
Joplin 190 $39,120
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 230 $56,160
Great Falls 50 $46,170
Billings 40 $45,770
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 580 $51,810
Grand Island 330 $53,110
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 3290 $53,680
Henderson 3290 $53,680
Las Vegas 3290 $53,680
Reno 510 $52,420
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 520 $56,310
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 1280 $67,570
Atlantic City 890 $63,990
Hammonton 890 $63,990
Vineland 440 $61,610
Bridgeton 440 $61,610
Ocean City 240 $62,910
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1540 $47,580
Las Cruces 400 $68,790
Farmington 260 $51,080
Santa Fe 150 $62,690
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Buffalo 2250 $57,340
Cheektowaga 2250 $57,340
Niagara Falls 2250 $57,340
Rochester 2220 $57,640
Syracuse 1900 $63,460
Schenectady 1520 $64,060
Troy 1520 $64,060
Albany 1520 $64,060
Utica 730 $61,910
Rome 730 $61,910
Binghamton 650 $58,120
Kingston 440 $86,780
Glens Falls 280 $67,540
Fort Drum 270 $60,450
Watertown 270 $60,450
Ithaca N/A $55,470
Elmira N/A $60,610
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 2430 $43,600
Greensboro 1640 $43,060
High Point 1640 $43,060
Salem 1300 $42,360
Winston 1300 $42,360
Asheville 1130 $42,280
Wilmington 1000 $38,750
Morganton 1000 $42,010
Hickory 1000 $42,010
Lenoir 1000 $42,010
Chapel Hill 870 $43,520
Durham 870 $43,520
Greenville 470 $40,040
Fayetteville 280 $38,320
Rocky Mount 190 $40,840
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 310 $52,690
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 8230 $57,350
Elyria 8230 $57,350
Akron 2050 $63,500
Dayton 1880 $62,270
Toledo 1320 $61,060
Canton 840 $59,000
Massillon 840 $59,000
Springfield 490 $55,920
Mansfield 470 $56,880
Lima 170 $56,200
Columbus N/A $61,930
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 2490 $38,960
Tulsa 1750 $44,280
Lawton 230 $40,390
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 1110 $55,410
Eugene 660 $54,280
Medford N/A $57,940
Albany N/A $59,360
Redmond N/A $59,660
Bend N/A $59,660
Corvallis N/A $70,890
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 5110 $59,660
Wilkes 1290 $59,120
Scranton 1290 $59,120
Barre 1290 $59,120
Hazleton 1290 $59,120
Harrisburg 1060 $57,480
Carlisle 1060 $57,480
Reading 1060 $64,090
Lancaster 790 $54,890
Bloomsburg 630 $41,870
Berwick 630 $41,870
Hanover 570 $61,860
York 570 $61,860
Williamsport 300 $63,320
Altoona 280 $58,200
Erie N/A $52,550
Johnstown N/A $57,240
Lebanon N/A $64,080
Waynesboro N/A $66,120
Chambersburg N/A $66,120
State College N/A $68,770
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 610 $18,900
Caguas 610 $18,900
San Juan 610 $18,900
Mayag´┐Żez 70 $18,120
Ponce N/A $17,870
Isabela N/A $26,310
Aguadilla N/A $26,310
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 2360 $46,100
Charleston 1470 $49,620
North Charleston 1470 $49,620
Spartanburg 720 $47,680
Beaufort 530 $47,770
Bluffton 530 $47,770
Hilton Head Island 530 $47,770
Greenville 530 $54,290
Anderson 530 $54,290
Mauldin 530 $54,290
Florence 480 $47,490
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 580 $42,710
Rapid City 320 $53,990
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Davidson 3760 $50,010
Nashville 3760 $50,010
Murfreesboro 3760 $50,010
Franklin 3760 $50,010
Knoxville 1490 $47,100
Morristown 340 $45,060
Cleveland 260 $48,090
Jackson 240 $46,240
Johnson City 230 $47,590
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 18630 $54,690
Arlington 18630 $54,690
Fort Worth 18630 $54,690
The Woodlands 16680 $56,370
Sugar Land 16680 $56,370
Houston 16680 $56,370
San Antonio 6070 $54,240
New Braunfels 6070 $54,240
Austin 4170 $50,690
Round Rock 4170 $50,690
Mission 3150 $52,870
McAllen 3150 $52,870
Edinburg 3150 $52,870
El Paso 2250 $49,750
Brownsville 1550 $49,560
Harlingen 1550 $49,560
Killeen 1280 $50,860
Temple 1280 $50,860
Port Arthur 1030 $46,540
Beaumont 1030 $46,540
Corpus Christi 930 $55,720
Lubbock 870 $45,580
Waco 720 $45,370
Tyler 690 $45,640
Amarillo 600 $47,380
Longview 560 $45,880
Bryan 510 $46,220
College Station 510 $46,220
Abilene 410 $47,600
Sherman 380 $48,000
Denison 380 $48,000
Odessa 360 $51,440
Midland 310 $54,900
Wichita Falls 290 $45,280
San Angelo 250 $43,680
Victoria 70 $45,730
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 2390 $55,090
Provo 830 $46,120
Orem 830 $46,120
Ogden 830 $56,730
Clearfield 830 $56,730
St. George 90 $43,410
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 310 $69,240
Burlington 310 $69,240
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 2630 $56,380
Charlottesville 540 $66,150
Roanoke 390 $48,010
Lynchburg 360 $44,770
Harrisonburg 340 $46,210
Christiansburg 270 $58,380
Radford 270 $58,380
Blacksburg 270 $58,380
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 4580 $64,030
Tacoma 4580 $64,030
Bellevue 4580 $64,030
Spokane 630 $63,380
Spokane Valley 630 $63,380
Richland 510 $60,560
Kennewick 510 $60,560
Yakima 400 $59,460
Tumwater 370 $63,670
Olympia 370 $63,670
Bellingham 320 $64,460
Bremerton 260 $62,230
Silverdale 260 $62,230
Wenatchee 190 $63,160
Longview 130 $59,620
Anacortes 110 $66,910
Mount Vernon 110 $66,910
Walla Walla 100 $62,520
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 2470 $59,260
Waukesha 2470 $59,260
West Allis 2470 $59,260
Madison 880 $53,620
Oshkosh 780 $55,880
Neenah 780 $55,880
Beloit 710 $63,400
Janesville 710 $63,400
Green Bay 700 $56,170
Eau Claire 280 $47,340
Fond du Lac 280 $51,820
Wausau 260 $64,440
Sheboygan 160 $53,960
Appleton N/A $53,020
Racine N/A $59,260

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Middle School Teachers

To find out more about building a career as Middle School Teachers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
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