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 $12.09 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.04 per hour and $16.90. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. For the most part, Preschool Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and around one in three have dental coverage, over one-half claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$16,182 - $42,601
(Median)
$16K
$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $28,529
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$9.04 - $16.90
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,182 - $42,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
Profit Sharing
$253.00  
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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$18,488 - $37,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $16.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.31  
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.00  
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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$18,488 - $37,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,217
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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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While not commonly seen, Preschool Teachers who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. As Preschool Teachers progress in their field, many go on to become Director of Preschools. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $34K per year. Another common career choice for Preschool Teachers is to move into a Daycare Teacher role. Typically, Daycare Teachers get paid $21K.

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


Many Preschool Teachers can be found at Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools, firms that are at the top of the field. Montessori PreSchool leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $37K. Head Start, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Early Learning Center also offer top salaries for Preschool Teachers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $29K, $27K, and $27K, respectively.

Childtime Learning Center pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $21K, 73 percent lower than the top payer. La Petite Academy, Inc., Primrose Schools and YMCA are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $22K, $24K, and $24K.

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


Preschool Teachers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Spanish Language, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Childhood Education also 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Preschool Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $25K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $26K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Preschool Teachers make a median salary of $27K. 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

National Average: $25,725

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Preschool Teachers, 41 percent higher than the national average. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent less).

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Reviews

What is it like working as a Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)?

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




National Average
$26,000


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

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Spanish Language
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Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$26,000

Curriculum Planning
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Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 682 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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