Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salary

Most Kindergarten Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $39K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $24K, and the top verges on $55K per year. 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 — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,668 - $56,056
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,198
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$9.99 - $20.97
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,668 - $56,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$23,873 - $55,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $20.97  
   
Overtime
$12.12 - $36.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$23,873 - $55,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers on average make about as much as Kindergarten Teachers do. More often than not, an Elementary School Teacher role is the next step for Kindergarten Teachers moving up in the field. Elementary School Teachers usually make $40K per year. Many other Kindergarten Teachers choose to take on a Preschool Teacher role, where salaries are typically $24K.

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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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. Kindergarten Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $47K.

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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000


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


National Average
$37,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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