Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary (United States)

An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) earns an average wage of $11.67 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Total Pay (?
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$22,858 - $57,551
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MEDIAN: $34,136
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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Total Pay (?
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$8.19 - $18.08
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$22,858 - $57,551  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
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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$19,036 - $48,976  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $18.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
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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$19,036 - $48,976  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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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.

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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.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Washington
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Phoenix
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New York
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National Average
$29,000
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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$29,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 40%
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