Toddler Teacher Salary

Most Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.74 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and years of experience. For the most part, Toddler Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The greater part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, about two-fifths report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$17,575 - $41,847
(Median)
$18K
$28K
$42K
MEDIAN: $27,527
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$8.33 - $15.11
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$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,575 - $41,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$17,382 - $32,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.33 - $15.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$9.60 - $21.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$17,382 - $32,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,495
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Toddler Teachers include KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, La Petite Academy, Inc., and Childtime Learning Center. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $32K, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $27K. Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks at Head Start ($26K), The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development ($25K), and Bright Horizons Child Care ($25K).

Pay for Toddler Teachers is the lowest at Childtime Learning Center, which has a median salary of $21K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $28K. Other low-paying employers include Tutor Time Learning Centers at $21K and YMCA at $21K, though some Toddler Teachers there earn up to $34K.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Survey results suggest that Toddler Teachers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, early childhood education, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CDA, CPR, and Oral / Verbal Communication. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $22K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $24K. For Toddler Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $24K. As Toddler Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,113

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

Home to some of the best pay for Toddler Teachers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 56 percent above the national average. Toddler Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Seattle (+29 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Phoenix and 9 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Spanish Language
up arrow 16%

early childhood education
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

CPR
up arrow 8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

CDA
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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