What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary

Most Early Childhood Educators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $35K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $19K, and the top verges on $51K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Read More
$23,175 - $59,524
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,212
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$8.55 - $18.62
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,175 - $59,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
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).
)
$19,456 - $51,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $18.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
   
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).
)
$19,456 - $51,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Though not the most common occurrence, Early Childhood Educators sometimes become Elementary School Teachers, where the average income is $39K per year.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

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


Early Childhood Educators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $28K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $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 $39K, 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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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