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 $12.00 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.93 per hour, and the top verges on $16.80. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — a little over a half — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and roughly a third have dental insurance. The majority of Preschool Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,729 - $41,947

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$8.93 - $16.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,729 - $41,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$18,245 - $37,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,081
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $16.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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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$18,245 - $37,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,000
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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 not the most common occurrence, Preschool Teachers sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. With an annual salary of $34K, Director of Preschool is the most common role for Preschool Teachers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Daycare Teacher role — which usually pays $20K — is also typical for Preschool Teachers, though less common by comparison.

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


Preschool Teachers fill the offices of leading firms Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools. Employees at Head Start enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $28K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $21K and higher ones not far away at only $36K. Other big spenders include Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Early Learning Center, top-paying firms where Preschool Teachers see paychecks nearing $27K, $27K, or $27K.

Childtime Learning Center offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $21K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $18K to $51K. La Petite Academy, Inc., Primrose Schools and Goddard 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)


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. For most people, competency in Childhood Education indicates knowledge of 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $26K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $25K. Preschool Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. Preschool Teachers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $28K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Preschool Teachers that is 47 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and San Jose (+20 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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
$26,000


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

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$26,000

Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 722 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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: 25% employee benefits None: 52%
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