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Entry-Level Daycare Teacher Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Entry-Level Daycare Teacher is $9.53 per hour.
Entry-Level Daycare Teacher Salary (?
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$14,105 - $38,782
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MEDIAN: $25,180
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Entry-Level Daycare Teacher Salary (?
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$7.69 - $12.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,105 - $38,782  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.48  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $1,450  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,953 - $28,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $12.82  
   
Overtime
$8.63 - $19.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.48  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $1,450  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,953 - $28,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,597
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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Chicago
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Charlotte
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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh
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Atlanta
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Columbus
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Phoenix
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National Average
$20,000
Austin
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Houston
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Oklahoma City
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Daycare Teacher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Daycare Teacher in Washington:
"That We Would Get Vacation And Raises."
To teach age appropriate things. Work a lot on motor skills. And teaching children colors and shapes.
Daycare Teacher in New York:
"Know Your Rights."
This is a job with lots of responsibilities. It becomes stressful at times, but it can also very rewarding. I consider the daycare teacher as the most important of all levels of teachers. Daycare teachers form the educational foundation in young children, and it is on this foundation that all the other teachers build. Daycare teachers can never be fully compensated for the responsibilities laid upon them. They perform duties such as parents, doctor, lawyer, police, advisor, interpretor etc. Therefore, a daycare teacher must exercise such qualities as love, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, understanding, kindness, gentleness etc. Although daycare teachers are grossly underpaid, they are rewarded with the satisfaction of watching the children grow physically, excel academically, and become functionally productive members of society.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Daycare Teacher Salaries

Spanish Language
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Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Activities for Children
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National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 64%