Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary

Kindergarten Teachers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $40K per year for pay. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,287 - $58,077
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$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,299
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$9.94 - $20.30
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MEDIAN: $13.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,287 - $58,077  
   
Bonus
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
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$23,317 - $55,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.30  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,474  
   
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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$23,317 - $55,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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.

Common Career Paths for Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education)


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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

National Average: $38,749

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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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 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$39,000

▼10%

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


National Average
$39,000

Curriculum Planning
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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