Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary

Kindergarten Teachers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $39K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $24K and $55K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. Work is enjoyable for Kindergarten Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,668 - $56,056
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,198
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$9.99 - $20.97
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,668 - $56,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$23,873 - $55,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $20.97  
   
Overtime
$12.12 - $36.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$23,873 - $55,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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Job Description for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)

Kindergarten teacher (who do not work in special education) oversee classrooms for children between the ages of about four and six years old; this environment is normally a child's first transition into formal education. These teachers' goal is to lay a strong foundation for future learning by the children and teach foundational skills. They need to understand different learning styles and rates, working with pupils to help them develop basic skills and facilities in areas such as reading and arithmetic; additionally, they educate students on color recognition, spatial relationships. Kindergarten teachers also impart values such as sharing, cooperation, and proper classroom behavior to the children, some of whom are spending their first extended time away from parental control in the kindergarten classroom environment. Teachers are expected to be creative, cheerful, and able to foster a nurturing, positive learning environment.

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Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Tasks

  • Teach basic academic skills of number and letter recognition while monitoring physical and emotional health in individuals.
  • Demonstrate and reinforce rules for social interaction and personal responsibility.
  • Inspire a passion for learning in young children through engaging environments geared for manipulating and exploring a variety of materials.

Common Career Paths for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)


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Kindergarten Teachers sometimes move into a or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher role, where the salary is similar. More often than not, an Elementary School Teacher role is the next step for Kindergarten Teachers moving up in the field. Elementary School Teachers usually make $40K per year. Many other Kindergarten Teachers choose to take on a Preschool Teacher role, where salaries are typically $24K.

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Survey results show that Kindergarten Teachers typically report just a few professional skills. Childhood Education and Curriculum Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)

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


Kindergarten Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Kindergarten Teachers make a median salary of $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Kindergarten Teacher generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries


National Average
$37,000

Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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