Toddler Teacher Salary

Most Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.72 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.27 per hour to $15.13. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and nearly one in three claim dental coverage as well. Most Toddler Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$17,316 - $41,066

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$8.27 - $15.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,316 - $41,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
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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$17,220 - $32,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $15.13  
   
Overtime
$8.92 - $21.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$17,220 - $32,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,157
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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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Many Toddler Teachers move into Nanny roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $27K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Toddler Teachers include KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, La Petite Academy, Inc., and Head Start. For Toddler Teachers, comfortable salaries can be found at Head Start; in fact, median earnings sit around $27K, the highest in the area. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Goddard, top-paying firms where Toddler Teachers rake in a solid $26K, $24K, or $24K, respectively.

Employees at La Petite Academy, Inc., Childtime Learning Center, and YMCA can also expect below-average earnings of $21K.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Survey results suggest that Toddler Teachers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Activities for Children, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $22K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $24K. Toddler Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


With a pay rate for Toddler Teachers that is 56 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), and San Jose (+26 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Workers in Cincinnati and Phoenix earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

Toddler Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as a Toddler Teacher?

Toddler Teacher in Irvine:
"Teaching young children and expert cleaner, and front desk."
Pros: Kids, fun, engaging, rewarding, flexibility,
Cons: Stressful, draining,

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
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

CPR
up arrow 6%

CDA
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 55%
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