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Toddler Teacher Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.90 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.30 per hour and $15.36. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. For the most part, Toddler Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While a little more than half report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and one in three have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Toddler Teacher Salary (?
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$16,785 - $46,699
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MEDIAN: $27,033
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Toddler Teacher Salary (?
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$8.30 - $15.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$16,785 - $46,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $310.94  
Total Pay (?
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$17,217 - $34,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.36  
   
Overtime
$8.79 - $21.42  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $310.94  
   
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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$17,217 - $34,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 689
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Job Description for Toddler Teacher

Toddler teachers work closely with the child - generally in a daycare or preschool setting - and instruct them different subjects. In addition to teaching, toddler teachers are also responsible for the general care of the child (for example, ensuring the child's safety).
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Toddler Teacher Tasks
  • Maintain safety and cleanliness of daycare center.
  • Oversee child interactions and play, and ensure a safe and supportive environment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with parents about schedules, problems, and offerings.
  • Prepare daily activities and schedule, setting up educational and entertaining offerings.
  • Prepare and clean up after snacks and lunch.

Common Career Paths for Toddler Teacher

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Toddler Teachers who go on to become Preschool Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Preschool Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $24K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher

Head Start attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $27K.
The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development offers the smallest salaries in town — $23K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $17K to $37K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher

Toddler Teachers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, and Activities for Children can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Activities for Children also know Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Toddler Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $24K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Toddler Teachers make a median salary of $24K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $27K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Toddler Teachers in search of above-average pay will head east: In particular, Toddler Teachers in Washington, Boston, and New York enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Location significantly influences compensation, with Cleveland Toddler Teachers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (19 percent less) and Phoenix (10 percent less).

Toddler Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as a Toddler Teacher?
Toddler Teacher in Onslow:
"I love these little ones they actually teach me a lot also."
Pros: The hugs and kisses that these little ones share every day.
Toddler Teacher in Blaine:
"Working With Children Is Emotionally Satisfying."
Pros: I enjoy interacting with toddlers and offering new information and experiences to give a foundation for their education.
Cons: The owner does not offer options for longer vacation packages or other benefits or reviews and no raises.

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Experience Affects Toddler Teacher Salaries

National Average
$23,000

Skills That Affect Toddler Teacher Salaries

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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National Average
$23,000
Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 54%