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Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Preschool Teachers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.95 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.87 per hour to $16.75. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over one-half lack any form of coverage — but just under a half have medical insurance, and one-third have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$15,630 - $41,898
(Median)
$16K
$28K
$42K
MEDIAN: $27,913
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$8.87 - $16.75
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,630 - $41,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$18,158 - $37,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $16.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$18,158 - $37,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,040

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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. The most common promotion for Preschool Teachers is Director of Preschool, a position that typically pays $34K annually. Another standard transition for Preschool Teachers seeking advancement is to assume a Daycare Teacher role, where pay is often $20K.

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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Preschool Teachers. Salary cannot be beat at Head Start, where median pay comes to $28K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $21K, and the higher end is not far away at $36K. Also paying near the top of the field are Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc at $27K, Kiddie Academy at $27K, and Early Learning Center, where Preschool Teachers annually earn $27K.

Preschool Teachers will find the worst pay at La Petite Academy, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $22K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $30K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at Childtime Learning Center, Primrose Schools, and YMCA can also expect below-average earnings of $23K, $24K, and $24K.

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


Job skills reported by Preschool Teachers are limited. 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.


For Preschool Teachers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $25K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $26K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. 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


Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Preschool Teachers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and San Jose (+19 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Spanish Language
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Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$25,000

Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 806 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 52%
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