Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary

Most Kindergarten Teachers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $39K annually. Earnings sit near $24K on the lower side but can approach $54K per year on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Kindergarten Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,158 - $54,982
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $38,574
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$9.94 - $20.21
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,158 - $54,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,531  
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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$23,602 - $54,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,531  
   
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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$23,602 - $54,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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At the upper end, Kindergarten Teachers who move into an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $40K per year. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher is, more often than not, the most common role that Kindergarten Teachers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $39K. Another frequent advance is for Kindergarten Teachers to assume a Preschool Teacher role; in this role, workers often earn $24K.

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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.


For Kindergarten Teachers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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.

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
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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


National Average
$36,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 32%
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