The median annual wage for career and technical education teachers was $52,800 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,830, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $86,610.
Median annual wages for career and technical education teachers in May 2015 were as follows:
Career/technical education teachers, secondary school
Career/technical education teachers, middle school
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary
Career and technical education teachers in middle and high schools generally work during school hours. They may meet with parents, students, and school staff before and after classes.
Some career and technical education teachers, especially those in postsecondary schools, instruct courses and develop lesson plans during evening hours and on weekends.
Teachers usually work the traditional 10-month school year and have a 2-month break during the summer. Some teachers work for summer programs.
Teachers in districts with a year-round schedule typically work 8 weeks in a row then have a break for 1 week. They also have a 5-week midwinter break.
Compared with workers in all occupations, career and technical education teachers had a higher percentage of workers who belonged to a union in 2014.
Career and Technical Education Teachers
Median annual wages, May 2015
Career/technical education teachers
Education, training, and library occupations
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics