Toddler Teacher Salary

Most Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.72 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.26 per hour on the lower end to $15.17 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over one-half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and around one in three have dental, too. Most Toddler Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$16,043 - $41,551
(Median)
$16K
$27K
$42K
MEDIAN: $26,723
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$8.26 - $15.17
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,043 - $41,551  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$17,111 - $33,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $15.17  
   
Overtime
$8.87 - $21.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$17,111 - $33,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,127
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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 advance into a slightly higher-paying Nanny position. Average compensation for Nannies is $27K.

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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. Head Start offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $27K. Toddler Teachers will also find cushy salaries at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc (+$25K), The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development (+$24K), and Goddard (+$24K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are La Petite Academy, Inc., Childtime Learning Center, and YMCA. Their employees earn $21K on average.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Toddler Teachers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Bilingual, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CDA and CPR. The majority of those who know 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.


For Toddler Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $24K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Toddler Teacher with more than 20 years of experience can earn $27K on average.

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 (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and San Jose (+26 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Cincinnati (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

CPR
up arrow 6%

CDA
up arrow 15%

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: 54%
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