Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary (United States)

A Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) earns an average wage of $11.83 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Teacher is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Total Pay (?
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$15,230 - $41,901
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MEDIAN: $27,474
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Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Total Pay (?
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$8.73 - $16.53
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,230 - $41,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $626  
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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$17,759 - $37,039  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,846
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $16.53  
   
Overtime
$2.74 - $22.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $626  
   
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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$17,759 - $37,039  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,846
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
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$25,000
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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

Teacher
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Team Leadership
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Childhood Education
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Spanish Language
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Curriculum Planning
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Activities for Children
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National Average
$25,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 52%
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