Toddler Teacher Salary
Toddler Teachers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.79 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — the greater part — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than a third and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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).Read More...
Toddler teachers assist in potty training, playing well with others, and developing knowledge and social skills that the child will need later on in life. They teach the children in their care the proper way to eat and drink, as well as basic table manners. Toddler teachers are responsible for making lesson plans, as well as coming up with new and fun things to keep the toddlers interested. Shifts for toddler teachers usually include weekdays during the day. However, some companies offer overnight and weekend toddler teachers.
Toddler teachers spend a lot of time with the children they teach, so they must be passionate about their job and love to be around children. Parents often leave their children most of the day with the toddler teacher, so it important that the teacher develops a bond with the parent and the child.
Toddler teacher positions generally require at least a high school diploma or a GED. Some employers may also require prior relevant work experience and references. Candidates are also required to pass a drug test, as well as a criminal background check.
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher
KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, La Petite Academy, Inc., The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Childtime Learning Center are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Toddler Teachers. Pay for Toddler Teachers is best at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, which offers a median salary of $27K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $22K to $32K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Early Learning Center, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Head Start, where earnings of $26K, $26K, or $26K are standard for Toddler Teachers.
Tutor Time Learning Centers, La Petite Academy, Inc. and Primrose Schools are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $22K.
Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, Spanish Language, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CDA, CPR, and Bilingual. 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Toddler Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. Toddler Teachers bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Toddler Teachers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $26K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Toddler Teachers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Toddler Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+35 percent), New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Chicago (+29 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).