Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Preschool Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.34 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and approximately one in three have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Preschool Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,166 - $46,817
$17K
$30K
$47K
MEDIAN: $29,592
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$9.34 - $17.26
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,166 - $46,817  
   
Bonus
$97.56 - $1,538  
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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$19,219 - $38,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $17.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$12.74 - $24.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$97.56 - $1,538  
   
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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$19,219 - $38,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,743

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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.

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


KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Head Start, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and YMCA are all popular places to work. For Preschool Teachers, comfortable salaries can be found at Bright Horizons Child Care; in fact, average earnings are around $30K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($19K versus $35K) is great. Other big spenders include Head Start, Goddard, and Knowledge Universe, top-paying firms where Preschool Teachers see paychecks nearing $28K, $28K, or $27K.

La Petite Academy, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $22K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Teaching, and early childhood education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CDA, patience, and Team Leadership. Most people skilled in Childhood Education are similarly competent in 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: $26,451

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

With a pay rate for Preschool Teachers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Phoenix (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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 617 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

▲9%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$26,000

▼5%

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

Strategic Planning
▲37%

Teaching
▲15%

early childhood education
▲9%


Bilingual
▲1%

National Average
$26,000

Childhood Education
▼1%



bachelors degree
▼2%


CPR
▼6%

Child Advocacy
▼6%

Team Leadership
▼8%

patience
▼10%

CDA
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 617 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: 26%
no benefits
None: 54%
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