Physical Education Teacher
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Works with elementary and secondary school students on physical education and athletic training. A PE teacher should have knowledge of sports, anatomy and handling common injuries. Sports taught include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, gymnastics, track & field, and aerobics.
There were 555 Physical Education Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9692 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Physical Education Teacher industry, which includes the Physical Education Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Physical Education Teacher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,422.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $43,035.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Physical Education Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $41,900.
Education and Experience
Posted Physical Education Teacher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Physical Education Teacher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||80%|
|3 to 5 years||14%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Physical Education Teacher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (29%)
- Planning (24%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
- Physical Abilities (16%)
- Building Effective Relationships (15%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (100%)
- Lesson Planning (26%)
- Special Education (10%)
- Learning Styles (7%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Progress Reports (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Group Instruction (6%)
- Assessment Data (3%)
- Maintaining Student Records (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- English as a Second Language (2%) – marginal value $5,780
- Assessment Data (3%) – marginal value $5,331
- Tutoring (2%) – marginal value $3,523
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Physical Education Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Pe Teacher
- Elementary Pe Teacher
- Elementary Physical Education Teacher
- Teacher - Physical Education
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Math Teacher
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Science Teacher
- History / Social Studies Teacher
- Middle / High School Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- Reading Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Physical Education Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Clark County School District (164)
- Boston Public Schools (93)
- Montgomery County Public Schools (78)
- Pasco County Schools (51)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (49)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (46)
- Wake County Schools (18)
- Winston Salem County Schools (15)
- Cabarrus County Schools (11)
- Chatham County Schools (11)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!