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Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Preschool Teachers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.97 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.86 per hour to $16.76. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — more than half — do not have any health coverage, just under one-half do receive medical benefits and nearly one in three have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Preschool Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,490 - $41,819
(Median)
$15K
$28K
$42K
MEDIAN: $27,734
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$8.86 - $16.76
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,490 - $41,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$18,095 - $37,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,114
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $16.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$18,095 - $37,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,036

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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

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

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


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There are some Preschool Teachers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $55K annually. The most common career progression for Preschool Teachers leads to becoming a Director of Preschool, where average pay is $34K annually. However, many Preschool Teachers also opt to become Daycare Teachers. Typically, a Daycare Teacher brings home $20K.

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


Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools are top-notch employers for Preschool Teachers in this area. Head Start offers the best pay with a median salary of $28K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $21K and maxing out at just $36K. Preschool Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc ($27K), Kiddie Academy ($27K), and Early Learning Center ($27K).

Salaries are easily beat at La Petite Academy, Inc., where median pay comes to just $22K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $17K and ending at $30K, range in salary is rather small. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Childtime Learning Center at $23K, Primrose Schools at $24K, and Goddard, where $24K is the norm.

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


Preschool Teachers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Spanish Language, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. 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)

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


Preschool Teachers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $25K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $26K. Preschool Teachers see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $28K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Preschool Teachers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Preschool Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+37 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and San Jose (+19 percent). Tampa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Miami (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salaries




National Average
$25,000


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

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$25,000

Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 838 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 52%