Physical education teachers earn salaries on par with other teachers. If they work in public schools, they are licensed teachers with at least a bachelor’s degree. However, they may not need to be licensed to work in private schools. Job opportunities for P.E. teachers are fewer as schools do not employ as many P.E. teachers as regular classroom teachers.
P.E. teachers may also coach athletics, work in different schools and teach in health classrooms. Because they are knowledgeable in kinesiology, fitness, health teaching methods, exercise physiology and other similar fields, they are skilled in teaching students about a wide range of health and fitness subjects.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of its May 2010 salary survey, the average salary of an elementary school teacher in the United States, including P.E. teachers, was $54,330 per year. The 10th percentile earned up to $34,390 annually, and the 25th percentile made up to $41,750. The 75th percentile brought in up to $64,890 annually, while the 90th percentile made $80,140 or more per year.
The average yearly salary of a middle school teacher in the United States, according to the BLS as of May 2010, was $54,880, and the 10th percentile earned up to $34,990. The 25th percentile made up to $42,070 per year, and the 75th earned up to $65,450 each year. The 90th percentile made at least $80,940.
Secondary school teachers in the U.S. earned an average annual salary of $55,990. The 10th percentile earned up to $35,020 and the 25th up to $42,670. The 75th percentile made up to $67,210, while the 90th earned $83,230 or more.