What is a K12 Online Education Teacher Salary?

 – Knowing the Payscale

Today there has been a big surge in the number of students who are enrolled in online education programs.  That number isn’t just confined to online colleges, either.  Today the number of students enrolled in K-12 grade online programs is growing steadily.  As a result, the demand for online K-12 teachers is climbing right along with it.  But while many people have questions about the costs of online education or how it works for their students, many teachers actually wonder about things like what they can expect to earn if they become an online education teacher.

There are a few points to keep in mind concerning online education teacher salaries.

  • The salary for a K12 online education teacher varies tremendously based on employer, position, experience, and more.
  • Funding levels for online schools vary from state to state.  The schools affiliated with state school systems will base their teacher salaries mainly upon this level of funding since online students usually don’t pay tuition or course fees.
  • Private schools are growing in popularity and are funded by the tuitions that students pay.  Thus, the salaries for teachers working for these schools will earn income that draws upon that source of money.
  • On average, an online K12 teacher will make between 47,000 and 53,000 dollars per year.
  • If you’re planning on entering the profession, be sure that you fully understand the method of being paid and all of the various legalities involved in your salary.  Many teachers sign on to become an online educator and are then left surprised by various factors in their pay, such as pay dates and potential salary increases.
  • Some studies have found that online educators may earn less than their traditional counterparts if they work for certain online education portals.  While state funded schools will likely pay standard salaries, private schools may offer lower wages.  Be sure you take the time to do some research and understand all of your options.
  • Of course, monetary salary is a prime concern for teachers no matter their specific field.  But personal rewards are important as well, and since many online education options focus on helping at-risk, low income, and other children who may be geographically isolated, the personal satisfaction that comes with being an online teacher of grades K-12 could be much higher than you would experience through traditional means.

Simply put, taking the time to educate yourself about the salary you’ll earn will help you figure out if becoming an online educator is right for you.  Most teachers love the work and the opportunity to help kids enrolled in the program.  If you’re looking for a great teaching career, this is one avenue you may want to consider travelling down.