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 $12.56 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Early Childhood Educators. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,360 - $54,830
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MEDIAN: $35,737
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$0$54K
Salary $22,360 - $54,830
Bonus $100.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $10.50
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$20,280 - $45,182
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 246
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.51 - $18.52
Overtime $13.86 - $27.00
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $100.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $10.50
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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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$20,280 - $45,182
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 518

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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher. The average or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher brings home $40K per year. A Daycare Teacher role is the most prevalent career advancement for Early Childhood Educators. Paychecks for that role are $21K on average. The Elementary School Teacher position is another common transition for Early Childhood Educators; in this role, salaries are typically at the $40K mark.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where the average salary comes to $29K.

Popular Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators report using a pretty varied skill set 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 experienced in Childhood Education also know 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: $28,701

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 70 percent, Early Childhood Educators in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Early Childhood Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+45 percent), New York (+45 percent), Los Angeles (+43 percent), and Pittsburgh (+28 percent). Early Childhood Educators in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Houston (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$29,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
▲9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲4%

Childhood Education
▼0%

National Average
$29,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 38%
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