Women comprise the majority of Kindergarten Teachers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $40K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,453 - $57,805
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MEDIAN: $40,162
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$9.90 - $20.31
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,453 - $57,805  
   
Bonus
$1,526  
Total Pay (?
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$23,347 - $54,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $20.31  
   
Overtime
$22.75  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,526  
   
Total Pay (?
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$23,347 - $54,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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

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

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Kindergarten Teachers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers get paid about the same as Kindergarten Teachers do. The most common promotion for Kindergarten Teachers is Elementary School Teacher, a position that typically pays $40K annually. Another standard transition for Kindergarten Teachers seeking advancement is to assume a Daycare Teacher role, where pay is often $21K.

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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Kindergarten Teachers. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. Kindergarten Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $53K on average.

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Key Stats for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000


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


National Average
$39,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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