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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 $11.95 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.82 per hour on the lower end to $16.78 on the higher end. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — a little more than half lack any form of coverage — but a little less than one-half have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,167 - $41,568  
   
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$0.00 - $578  
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$17,952 - $37,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,171
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$8.82 - $16.78  
   
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$0.00 - $22.93  
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$0.00 - $578  
   
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$17,952 - $37,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,184
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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. A Director of Preschool role is the most common promotion for Preschool Teachers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $33K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Preschool Teachers is a Daycare Teacher position, where earnings are usually $20K.

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


Preschool Teachers flock to Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Kiddie Academy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K. Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, Head Start, and Early Learning Center are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Preschool Teachers earning around $28K, $28K, or $27K at each firm, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at La Petite Academy, Inc., where median pay comes to just $23K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $17K and ending at $29K, range in salary is rather small. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Goddard at $23K, and Childtime Learning Center where $23K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Preschool Teachers there earn up to $54K.

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, Spanish Language, Curriculum Planning, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Childhood Education also tend to 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.


Preschool Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Preschool Teachers make a median salary of $27K. Preschool Teachers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $28K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Preschool Teachers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Preschool Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), San Jose (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Philadelphia (10 percent lower and 1 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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Spanish Language
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National Average
$25,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 935 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
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 52%