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Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education in Los Angeles County

May also be called: English Teachers; History Teachers; Junior High School Teachers; Life Science Teachers; Math Teachers; Physical Education Teachers; Science Teachers; Social Studies Teachers

What Would I Do?

Middle School Teachers, generally known as Junior High School Teachers, educate students in grades 7 and 8. Some specialize in single subjects, such as math or science, while others may teach two or more related subjects, such as English and history. Teachers prepare and assign lessons on approved criteria, develop and administer tests, grade papers and tests, and record students' progress.

Middle School Teachers work in private, public, and charter schools. They may work more than 40 hours a week both in and outside the classroom. Some Teachers work a traditional nine-month school year with a three-month summer vacation, while others may be on a year-round schedule, instructing for several weeks or months with a vacation in between sessions.

Will This Job Fit Me?

Middle School Teachers enjoy assisting, communicating with, and instructing students on lesson plans. They are able to motivate and inspire trust and confidence in students. Teachers also help students make informed decisions and help guide them through their personal development process.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education in California is $84,490 annually. The median wage for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education in Los Angeles County is $90,947 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
Los Angeles County$73,232$90,947$103,071
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Both public and private schools generally provide health and life insurance, sick leave, and pension plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Job opportunities for Middle School Teachers depend upon the location, grade level, and subject taught. However, those who have single subject credentials in mathematics or science may have better opportunities for employment. Public Schools are dependent upon federal, State, and local government funding; therefore, there maybe fewer employment opportunities during economic downturns.

How Do I Qualify?

Middle School Teachers must have a bachelor's degree or higher and a Preliminary or Professional Clear Credential to teach in California. Teachers can earn this credential at an accredited college or university, through an internship program, from teaching experience obtained in the Peace Corps, or from teaching at a private school.

Finding a Job

Direct application to school districts remains one of the most effective job search methods. School district listings and other job resource services may be found on the California Department of Education Web site. In addition, college campus career placement offices are a valuable source for finding employment. Job openings can also be found through classified advertisements in newspapers, online job boards, and teacher organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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