Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Most Preschool Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.28 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and close to one-third claim dental coverage as well. Most Preschool Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$17,240 - $47,084
$17K
$29K
$47K
MEDIAN: $29,483
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$9.31 - $17.16
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$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,240 - $47,084  
   
Bonus
$96.09 - $1,546  
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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$19,168 - $38,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 931
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.31 - $17.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$12.39 - $24.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$96.09 - $1,546  
   
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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$19,168 - $38,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,409

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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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For Preschool Teachers, progressing to an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher role may result in a significant raise. On average, an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher can earn $40K annually. Going from Preschool Teacher to Director of Preschool is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $35K. Many others choose to work as Daycare Teachers, where pay is typically $21K.

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


Preschool Teachers fill the offices of leading firms KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Head Start, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and YMCA. The biggest paychecks can be found at Bright Horizons Child Care — the median salary there is $30K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $19K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $35K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Head Start, Goddard, and Knowledge Universe, top-paying firms where Preschool Teachers rake in a decent $28K, $28K, or $27K, respectively.

Pay for Preschool Teachers is the lowest at La Petite Academy, Inc., which has a median salary of $22K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $31K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Learning Experience at $22K, The Learning Care Group, Inc. at $23K, and Childtime Learning Center, where $23K is the norm.

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


Survey takers working as Preschool Teachers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Teaching, and early childhood education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CDA, patience, and Team Leadership. Most people familiar with Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

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

Pay by Experience for a Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) has a positive trend. An entry-level Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 2,179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,406 salaries. An experienced Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,209 salaries. A Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 471 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,254

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Preschool Teachers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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 562 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

▲10%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$26,000

▼4%

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

Strategic Planning
▲38%

Teaching
▲15%

early childhood education
▲10%


Bilingual
▲2%

Childhood Education
▼0%

National Average
$26,000




bachelors degree
▼2%

CPR
▼5%

Child Advocacy
▼5%

Team Leadership
▼7%

patience
▼9%

CDA
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 562 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%
no benefits
None: 54%
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