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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 $38K annually. Earnings sit near $23K on the lower side but can approach $54K per year on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a half. For the most part, Kindergarten Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,893 - $54,801
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$55K
MEDIAN: $38,211
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$9.85 - $19.89
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,893 - $54,801  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,539  
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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$23,298 - $53,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 424
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $19.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,539  
   
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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$23,298 - $53,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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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 small rise in pay. On average, Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers earn $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 Daycare Teacher role; in this role, workers often earn $20K.

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Survey takers who work as Kindergarten Teachers typically report just a few professional 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Kindergarten Teachers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Kindergarten Teacher generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

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 28%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$36,000

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


National Average
$36,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

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: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 32%
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