Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary
Women account for the majority of Preschool Teachers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.36 per hour. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession — a little more than half — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and one in three have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Preschool Teachers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$17,443 - $47,724|
|Bonus||$77.57 - $1,555|
|Total Pay (||$19,284 - $38,849|
|Hourly Rate||$9.36 - $17.39|
|Overtime||$12.89 - $24.77|
|Bonus||$77.57 - $1,555|
|Total Pay (||$19,284 - $38,849|
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)
Preschool Teachers may progress into high-paying roles like or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher, where median compensation is $40K annually. The most common promotion for Preschool Teachers is Director of Preschool, a position that typically pays $35K annually. Another standard transition for Preschool Teachers seeking advancement is to assume a Daycare Teacher role, where pay is often $21K.
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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 top-notch employers for Preschool Teachers in this area. 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. Other leaders in compensation levels are Head Start at $28K, Goddard at $28K, and Knowledge Universe, where Preschool Teachers annually earn $27K.
La Petite Academy, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $22K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $31K. Also approaching the lower end are The Learning Experience at $22K, The Learning Care Group, Inc. at $23K, and Childtime Learning Center at $23K.
Popular Skills for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)
Preschool Teachers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing CDA as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. patience and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Childhood Education are, more often than not, also skilled 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
Home to some of the best pay for Preschool Teachers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 9 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (9 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 percent lower).
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