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

Most Kindergarten Teachers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $38K annually;. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than one-half. Most Kindergarten Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took 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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$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  
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  
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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Kindergarten Teachers who become Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers may see a rise in pay. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers earn $40K per year. As Kindergarten Teachers progress in their field, many go on to become Elementary School Teachers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $39K per year. Another common career choice for Kindergarten Teachers is to move into a Daycare Teacher role. Typically, Daycare Teachers get paid $20K.

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Survey takers who work as Kindergarten Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Childhood Education and Curriculum Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 many Kindergarten Teachers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. Kindergarten Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $47K. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise about one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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National Average
$35,000
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With a pay rate for Kindergarten Teachers that is 68 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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
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Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Childhood Education
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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%