Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Kindergarten Teachers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $34,833 per year on average. Pay generally spreads from $23,110 to $54,191 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Around one third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary (?
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$24,751 - $55,140
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MEDIAN: $37,869
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Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary (?
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$9.85 - $19.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,751 - $55,140  
   
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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$23,110 - $54,191  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $19.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.39  
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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$23,110 - $54,191  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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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Additional career progression can lead to an increase in pay for Kindergarten Teachers. At the upper end, those who move into a Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary Special Education Teacher role can bring in an extra $4,947 per year. An Elementary School Teacher role is the most common promotion for Kindergarten Teachers moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $4,485 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Kindergarten Teachers is a Daycare Teacher position, where earnings actually go down by $14,384.

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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.
Kindergarten Teachers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, pay rises to approximately $38K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $41K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Kindergarten Teachers tend to earn $47K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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National Average
$35,000
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For those looking to make money, Kindergarten Teachers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. Kindergarten Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+33 percent).

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 35%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 15%
National Average
$35,000
Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 31%
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