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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Early Childhood Educators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $35K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $19K, and the higher rates verge on $50K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by approximately half. Job satisfaction for Early Childhood Educators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,102 - $59,191
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$23K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $34,897
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$8.46 - $18.45
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$23,102 - $59,191  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
Total Pay (?
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$19,289 - $50,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Hourly Rate
$8.46 - $18.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.38  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
   
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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$19,289 - $50,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Early Childhood Educators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $28K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $29K. Early Childhood Educators see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Early Childhood Educator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 39%
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