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Toddler Teacher Salary (United States)

Most Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.89 per hour;. Earnings generally vary between $8.32 per hour and $15.36. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, a little over a half do receive medical coverage, and roughly a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Toddler Teachers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Toddler Teacher Salary (?
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$16,842 - $46,540
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MEDIAN: $26,534
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Toddler Teacher Salary (?
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$8.32 - $15.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$16,842 - $46,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $304.10  
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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$17,236 - $34,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.32 - $15.36  
   
Overtime
$5.30 - $21.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $304.10  
   
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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$17,236 - $34,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 527
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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. Typically, a Preschool Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $24K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher

Head Start leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $27K.
The consistently lowest paying firm is The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where the median salary is just $23K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $17K to $37K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc.

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 skilled in Activities for Children are similarly competent in 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $24K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $24K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $27K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$23,000
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For Toddler Teachers, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, New York, and Boston, in particular. Toddler Teachers in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (18 percent less) and Dallas (8 percent less).

Toddler Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as a Toddler Teacher?
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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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 53%