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 $12.09 per hour for pay. Pay generally varies between $9.04 per hour and $16.90. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and one-third receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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 (?
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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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Preschool Teachers do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $55K per year. Going from Preschool Teacher to Director of Preschool is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $34K. Many others choose to work as Daycare Teachers, where pay is typically $21K.

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


Head Start, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Primrose Schools are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Preschool Teachers. Montessori PreSchool offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $37K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Head Start, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Early Learning Center, where earnings of $29K, $27K, or $27K are standard for Preschool Teachers.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Childtime Learning Center — the median salary comes to just $21K, 73 percent lower than the top payer. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include La Petite Academy, Inc. at $22K, Primrose Schools at $24K, and YMCA, where $24K is the norm.

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


Preschool Teachers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Spanish Language, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Childhood Education are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $26K on average. Preschool Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $28K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,725

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

For those looking to make money, Preschool Teachers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above 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). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (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
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$26,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 2%

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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