Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Preschool Teachers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.97 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $8.90 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.78 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over one-half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and roughly one in three have dental, too. For the most part, Preschool Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$15,551 - $41,932
(Median)
$16K
$28K
$42K
MEDIAN: $28,202
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$8.90 - $16.78
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,551 - $41,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$18,179 - $37,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,086
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.90 - $16.78  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$18,179 - $37,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,024
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Preschool Teachers move into roles as Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $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 $20K.

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


Dominating the field, Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Preschool Teachers. For Preschool Teachers, comfortable salaries can be found at Head Start; in fact, average earnings are around $28K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $37K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Kiddie Academy at $27K, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc at $27K, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where Preschool Teachers annually earn $27K.

La Petite Academy, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $22K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $17K to $30K. Childtime Learning Center, Primrose Schools, and Goddard also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $23K, $24K, and $24K-paychecks on average.

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


Survey results show that Preschool Teachers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Spanish Language, Curriculum Planning, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


For Preschool Teachers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $25K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $26K on average. Preschool Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $28K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Preschool Teachers that is 45 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Preschool Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 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
$25,000


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

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
0%

Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$25,000

Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 746 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
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 52%
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