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Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Kindergarten Teachers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $38K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $23K, and the top verges on $54K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Kindergarten Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary (?
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$24,888 - $54,758
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MEDIAN: $38,465
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$9.99 - $19.76
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,888 - $54,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,738  
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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$23,432 - $53,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $19.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,738  
   
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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$23,432 - $53,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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' salaries may rise for those who assume a higher-end position such as a or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, where the median income is $40K per year. Going from Kindergarten Teacher to Elementary School Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $39K. Many others choose to work as Daycare Teachers, where pay is typically $20K.

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Kindergarten Teachers usually report a few specific skills. Childhood Education and Curriculum Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.
For Kindergarten Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Kindergarten Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $46K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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National Average
$35,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Kindergarten Teachers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 59 percent above the national average. Kindergarten Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+33 percent).

Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) in Sugar Land:
"Hidden Job Requirements."
Always ask these two questions before accepting the job: How many mandatory hours will be required for this position beyond the classroom hours? (i.e., programs, staff meetings, teacher training, fundraisers, carnivals, dinners, parties, etc, etc.) Next, what amount has been set aside for a classroom budget (or will I have to spend my own money?)
Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) in Bruington:
"Standards Of Learning Need An Overhaul."
When I first started this career, I thought teaching would be fun, but the SOLs have taken all the joy out of teaching. Until parents are held accountable for student achievement and school accreditation, the SOLs will never be a fair and accurate measure of a teacher's job performance.

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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$35,000
Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 31%