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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Early Childhood Educators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.99 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $8.40 per hour and $18.70. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 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 the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly one-half. Most Early Childhood Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary (?
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$23,229 - $58,004
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MEDIAN: $35,045
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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary (?
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$8.40 - $18.70
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$23,229 - $58,004  
   
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$0.00 - $1,021  
Total Pay (?
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$19,320 - $49,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $18.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.96  
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$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$19,320 - $49,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Early Childhood Educators sometimes become Elementary School Teachers, where the average income is $39K per year.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Job Listings

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Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Early Childhood Educators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $27K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Early Childhood Educators make a median salary of $33K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $38K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$30,000
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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Early Childhood Educators, 49 percent above the national average. Early Childhood Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+40 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), and New York (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 38%