Physical education (PE) teachers instruct students in elementary school through high school about physical fitness and health. They may organize physical education programs for an entire school or just a few classes. P.E. teachers make up only a small percentage of the nearly 3.1 million elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers employed in the United States.
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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the median annual salary for elementary school teachers was $59,670 in May 2019. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $39,020; the highest paid 10 percent earned $97,900 or more. Middle school teachers earned median salaries of $59,660 with the lowest 10 percent earning $39,990 or less and the highest 10 percent earning $96,280 or more. Secondary...
Physical education teachers work in generally pleasant conditions. Some older schools may have poor heating and cooling systems. Instructors teach some classes outdoors in hot, cold, rainy, and other challenging weather conditions. School hours are generally 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., but teachers work 40 hours a week or more teaching, preparing for classes, assessing...
Physical fitness is growing in popularity in the United States. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition continues to encourage children and adults to be fit. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for elementary and middle school teachers will grow slower than the average for all careers through 2028, while high school teachers will experience average growth. ...