Women make up the vast majority of Preschool Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.23 per hour. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Preschool Teachers is high. While over one-half report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and close to a third have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$17,343 - $47,094
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MEDIAN: $29,538
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$9.27 - $17.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,343 - $47,094  
   
Bonus
$98.10 - $1,521  
Total Pay (?
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$19,116 - $38,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 938
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $17.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$12.33 - $24.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.10 - $1,521  
   
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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$19,116 - $38,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,390

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Job Description for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

A preschool teacher, in a general classroom setting, is expected to work with children younger than school age, usually between the ages of three and five. A preschool teacher must engage these small children in activities that are not too challenging but still have educational merit, including, but not limited to finger painting, putting on short plays, singing songs, and reading to them. The purpose of a preschool teacher is to prepare children for kindergarten and elementary school. A preschool teacher works in a school building and can be expected to interact with other teachers, the administration of the school, and any other school staff including custodians and cafeteria workers. To be a preschool teacher one must have a degree in a relevant field and teaching certification. A day of preschool is usually a half day, because most children at this age cannot attend school for an entire day. However, the teacher is usually there from morning to around 4 or 5 in the afternoon because there may be two shifts of students. A good candidate to be a preschool teacher is obviously someone who loves children, but also has plenty of patience and stamina. A preschool teacher will often have to mediate and settle disputes between children and deal with any problems they may have, be they social, emotional or mental. A preschool teacher must be gentle and careful with students because they are at a tender developmental age, and this job should only be done by someone who definitely knows what they are doing and loves it.


Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Tasks

  • Lead classroom activities and teaching of curriculum, including maintaining order.
  • Plan and implement curriculum of activities and lessons.
  • Maintain classroom and play space for safety and cleanliness.
  • Conduct student assessments and provide feedback on behavior and performance to parents.

Common Career Paths for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


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Preschool Teachers may progress into high-paying roles like or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, where median compensation is $40K annually. Becoming a Director of Preschool is, more often than not, the most common role that Preschool Teachers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $35K. Another frequent advance is for Preschool Teachers to assume a Daycare Teacher role; in this role, workers often earn $21K.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Preschool Teachers, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Head Start, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and YMCA are leading firms in the industry. Although Bright Horizons Child Care leads the field in pay with a median salary of $30K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $19K on the low end all the way up to $35K at the top. Head Start, Knowledge Universe, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Preschool Teachers earning around $29K, $27K, or $27K at each firm, respectively.

La Petite Academy, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $22K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $18K to $31K. Employees at The Learning Experience, Childtime Learning Center, and Kids R Kids can also expect below-average earnings of $22K, $23K, and $23K.

Popular Skills for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Teaching, Spanish Language, Bilingual, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CDA, patience, and Leadership. Most people who know Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $27K. Preschool Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Preschool Teachers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $29K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,158

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Preschool Teachers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (7 percent lower) and Phoenix (6 percent lower).

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)?

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Placerville:
"Fulfilling and high energy."
Pros: I love that I get to work to change the lives of children in an accepting creative way.
Cons: It is not a very clean job.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Jonesboro:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: You build good relationship to other people you help them do activities of daily living, you make people happy.
Cons: When the client dies its really hard.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Los Angeles:
"It's amazing as long as you get your rest!"
Pros: How the children remind you not to take things so seriously. Watching them grow as if they are your own children. Meeting new parents and being encircled by such diverse cultures.
Cons: When I don't get enough sleep my patience is thin and I don't have as much fun with the children as I could.

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Key Stats for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 554 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 16%


Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$26,000



bachelors degree
up arrow 1%


early childhood education
up arrow 2%

CPR
up arrow 5%

Child Advocacy
up arrow 5%

Team Leadership
up arrow 7%

Leadership
up arrow 8%

patience
up arrow 9%

CDA
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 554 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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