When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($14.25 per hour) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Bedford, Mass. ($13.00), Westford, Mass. (about $12.75), and Katy, Texas (around $11.00) are the next top-paying cities. Aurora, Ill. ranks low on the pay scale — at $9.35, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development workers in Massachusetts earn the most — approximately $14.25 per hour on average.
Preschool Assistant Directors are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $14.00 per hour on average; Preschool Teachers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $12.76, followed by Daycare Teachers earning $11.49 and Toddler Teachers making $10.69. The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Teacher Assistants (around $9.40 on average).
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $10.50 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (54 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $11.67 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $13.00 per hour for Certified Infant/Toddler Caregivers; non-accredited workers make much less. The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning approximately $11.98 on average.
Employees who count Curriculum Planning among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $12.66 per hour. Childhood Education is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; a strong majority of The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development's people use it regularly.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only a third of employees receiving paid vacation and one in five survey participants receiving paid sick days. Nearly one in three workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Nearly one-half of workers have health insurance, and benefits for close to a third of workers also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and day care.