Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary
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|$23,317 - $55,109|
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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.Read More...
Kindergarten teachers normally work regular school hours during the week, although time beyond these hours is spent on classroom planning, grading, and evaluation. The work environment is the classroom, which at this grade level is normally expected to be a stimulating, colorful, child-friendly place.
The educational requirements for a kindergarten teacher vary by location and employer; however, in almost all cases, certification for teaching children at this age and learning level is essential. Additionally, many schools or school districts prefer to hire kindergarten teachers who possess bachelor's degrees or associate’s degrees in early childhood education or a related discipline.
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.
Common Career Paths for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)
As Kindergarten Teachers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher position pays around the same amount as the Kindergarten Teacher job on average. The most common career progression for Kindergarten Teachers leads to becoming an Elementary School Teacher, where average pay is $40K annually. However, many Kindergarten Teachers also opt to become Daycare Teachers. Typically, a Daycare Teacher brings home $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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $39K. Kindergarten Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Kindergarten Teachers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Kindergarten Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent) and New York (+14 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Phoenix and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.
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