Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

The larger portion of Early Childhood Educators in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.49 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$0$55K
Salary $22,820 - $55,462
Bonus $-0.50 - $4,894
Profit Sharing $10.50
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$20,332 - $45,413
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 248
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.49 - $18.62
Overtime $13.73 - $26.64
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $-0.50 - $4,894
Profit Sharing $10.50
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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$20,332 - $45,413
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 502

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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

  • 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.
  • Communicate with parents about programs, problems, lessons, and student progress.
  • Maintain safe, clean facilities, and teach children rules of safe conduct.

Common Career Paths for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


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As Early Childhood Educators transition into upper-level roles such as or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers earn $40K on average per year. Going from Early Childhood Educator to Daycare Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Daycare Teachers is $21K. Many others choose to work as Elementary School Teachers, where pay is typically $40K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators flock to The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $29K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Oral / Verbal Communication, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Activities for Children and Curriculum Planning. Those educated in Childhood Education tend to be well versed in Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Pay by Experience for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 355 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 191 salaries. An experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 185 salaries. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,668

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Surpassing the national average by 72 percent, Early Childhood Educators in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Early Childhood Educators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+47 percent), New York (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+45 percent), and Pittsburgh (+29 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Early Childhood Educators have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (16 percent less) and Houston (11 percent less).

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Key Stats for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

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National Average
$29,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
▲9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲4%

Childhood Education
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National Average
$29,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 37%
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