Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary

Women account for the majority of Kindergarten Teachers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $39K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $54K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too. For the most part, Kindergarten Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,361 - $55,203

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$10.00 - $20.18

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,361 - $55,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,578  
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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$23,771 - $54,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,578  
   
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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$23,771 - $54,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, which pays $40K on average annually. With an annual salary of $39K, Elementary School Teacher is the most common role for Kindergarten Teachers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Preschool Teacher role — which usually pays $24K — is also typical for Kindergarten Teachers, though less common by comparison.

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Kindergarten Teachers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


Kindergarten Teachers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. For Kindergarten Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$36,000


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


National Average
$36,000

Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%
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