Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

Most Early Childhood Educators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.98 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.73 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.21. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Early Childhood Educators is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,799 - $60,112
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$24K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $36,176
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$8.73 - $19.21
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$8
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,799 - $60,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
Total Pay (?
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$19,489 - $51,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $19.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.29  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
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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$19,489 - $51,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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Job Description for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Children who receive the proper attention early on in life will do better during their educational years. That’s what early childhood educators do; they provide all the important skills a child needs to be successful. Studies have shown that children between ages 3-6 who receive social activities, educational concepts and creative skills are better prepared for their school years. Interaction with parents, caregivers and teachers are the first step to a well-rounded child. Educators who focus on motor skills, writing, reading and emotional development can give a child what they need to succeed. Social relations through play are also important; it’s a chance for children to learn how to share, create relationships and to work well as team. Other roles include make believe, engaging, stimulation and mental development. Early childhood nutrition is another important aspect to creating a healthy lifestyle, teaching children how to take care of themselves through eating well and being clean will last them lifetime. It’s essential for educators to provide a safe environment for young students; this will help them grow with self-confidence. Children love routine, they also are able to follow directions better from those they trust and respect. Teachers play an important role in maintaining these good daily habits. Educators also are able to detect behavioral problems early on so having a relationship with parents at this stage is critical for correcting such issues. Communication between child, teacher and parent can be the single most important thing when it comes to early childhood education.


Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Tasks

  • Communicate with parents about programs, problems, lessons, and student progress.
  • Maintain safe, clean facilities, and teach children rules of safe conduct.
  • Plan and lead educational activities and lessons like story time, making music, or crafts.
  • Write reports on students for supervisors and document behavioral or learning concerns.

Common Career Paths for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


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Early Childhood Educators do not often transition into Elementary School Teacher roles. The role averages $40K per year. Many Early Childhood Educators choose to become Daycare Teachers and Toddler Teachers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $9K less and $7K less, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Early Childhood Educators are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Curriculum Planning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Early Childhood Educators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $26K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. Early Childhood Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $39K.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Advice

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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in New York:
"It's harder than it looks."
Anyone interested in educating young children must keep in mind that teaching requires many skills--patience, understanding, ability to practice positive discipline. It takes more than just knowing your subject matter. It is important to understand children and their respective environments, both in school and at home. You must realize that you don't only have to teach 'subjects', you have to educate children...and sometimes even families. It can be extra challenging in this age of test taking, but it is equally important to focus on the process. It is the best way to at least attempt to meet each individual child's needs. We must learn to teach for understanding, not for test-taking.

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Curriculum Planning
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National Average
$30,000

Childhood Education
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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