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 $36K per year. Earnings sit near $19K on the lower side but can approach $52K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — approximately two in five — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Early Childhood Educators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,159 - $59,918
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MEDIAN: $35,789
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$8.53 - $19.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$23,159 - $59,918  
   
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$0.00 - $1,939  
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$19,405 - $51,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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$8.53 - $19.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.16  
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$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Total Pay (?
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$19,405 - $51,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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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Early Childhood Educators who advance into the role of an Elementary School Teacher are fairly uncommon. Elementary School Teachers on average earn $39K per year.

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Early Childhood Educators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Curriculum Planning command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average.

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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $28K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $30K. Early Childhood Educators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in New York:
"It's harder than it looks."
Anyone interested in educating young children must keep in mind that teaching requires many skills--patience, understanding, ability to practice positive discipline. It takes more than just knowing your subject matter. It is important to understand children and their respective environments, both in school and at home. You must realize that you don't only have to teach 'subjects', you have to educate children...and sometimes even families. It can be extra challenging in this age of test taking, but it is equally important to focus on the process. It is the best way to at least attempt to meet each individual child's needs. We must learn to teach for understanding, not for test-taking.

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 26%

National Average
$30,000

Childhood Education
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 39%
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