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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

Most Early Childhood Educators in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $35K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $19K and $50K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Early Childhood Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,729 - $59,236
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$23K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $34,842
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$8.47 - $18.45
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$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$22,729 - $59,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Total Pay (?
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$19,343 - $50,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Hourly Rate
$8.47 - $18.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.96  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
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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$19,343 - $50,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Elementary School Teacher, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $27K 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. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $38K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 39%