Early Childhood Educators in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.52 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,910 - $58,601
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MEDIAN: $36,603
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$9.12 - $19.16
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,910 - $58,601  
   
Bonus
$600  
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
Total Pay (?
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$20,123 - $48,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $19.16  
   
Overtime
$10.26 - $25.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$600  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010  
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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$20,123 - $48,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 428
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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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It's not very common for Early Childhood Educators to move on to become Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers. Average pay for an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher is $40K annually. 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 Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Curriculum Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children. It is often found that people who know Childhood Education are also skilled in 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 many Early Childhood Educators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Early Childhood Educators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $35K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 12%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$30,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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