Women make up the vast majority of Kindergarten Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $40K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Kindergarten Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,788 - $56,578
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,253
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$9.92 - $20.15
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,788 - $56,578  
   
Bonus
$1,965  
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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$23,771 - $54,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $20.15  
   
Overtime
$18.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,965  
   
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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$23,771 - $54,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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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As Kindergarten Teachers transition into upper-level roles like Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Elementary School, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education Teachers earn the same amount as Kindergarten Teachers on average. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher or a Daycare Teacher is often the next step for a Kindergarten Teacher.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. On average, Kindergarten Teachers make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $52K.

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Experience Affects Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000


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

Childhood Education
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National Average
$39,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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