Most Early Childhood Educators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.46 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by around half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Early Childhood Educators. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,030 - $56,066  
   
Bonus
$600  
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
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$20,088 - $47,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248
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Overtime
$13.35 - $25.07  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$600  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
Total Pay (?
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$20,088 - $47,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 457

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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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Early Childhood Educators sometimes assume positions such as Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers. That role pays $40K per year on average. A Daycare Teacher role is the most common promotion for Early Childhood Educators moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $21K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Early Childhood Educators is an Elementary School Teacher position, where earnings are usually $40K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Those at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

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 pay less than market rate include Activities for Children and Curriculum Planning. Most people familiar with Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $27K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Early Childhood Educators make a median salary of $32K. Early Childhood Educators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $34K.

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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 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$29,000



Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$29,000


Activities for Children
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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