The median annual wage of middle school career and technical education teachers was $51,470 in May 2010. 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 $34,860, and the top 10 percent earned more than $78,160.
The median annual wage of high school career and technical education teachers was $54,310 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,300, and the top 10 percent earned more than $80,050.
Career and technical education teachers generally work school hours, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. They often spend time in the evenings and on weekends grading assignments, preparing lessons, or advising student organizations. They may meet with parents, students, and other teachers before and after school.
Many career and technical education teachers work the traditional 10-month school year, with a 2-month break during the summer. Some teachers teach summer programs. Teachers in districts with a year-round schedule typically work 8 weeks in a row, are on break for 1 week, and have a 5-week midwinter break.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition