Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

Early Childhood Educators in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.44 per hour for pay. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,666 - $54,780
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MEDIAN: $36,244
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$9.16 - $18.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,666 - $54,780  
   
Bonus
$254.34  
Profit Sharing
$20.00  
Total Pay (?
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$20,104 - $47,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $18.68  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $25.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$254.34  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.00  
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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$20,104 - $47,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher. The latter position pays an average of $40K annually. The most common career progression for Early Childhood Educators leads to becoming a Daycare Teacher, where pay is typically $21K. However, many Early Childhood Educators also opt to become Elementary School Teachers, a position that pays $40K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development offers the largest salaries in town — $29K on average.

Popular Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Survey results suggest that Early Childhood Educators put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Those proficient in Childhood Education are, more often than not, also skilled 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: $28,808

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Home to some of the best pay for Early Childhood Educators, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 71 percent above the national average. Early Childhood Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+46 percent), New York (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+44 percent), and Pittsburgh (+29 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Early Childhood Educators earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

National Average
$29,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
▲8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲3%

Childhood Education
▼0%

National Average
$29,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 37%