Women make up the vast majority of Toddler Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.87 per hour. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Most Toddler Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. While the greater part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,322 - $40,330
$15K
$27K
$40K
MEDIAN: $27,090
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$8.47 - $14.80
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,322 - $40,330  
   
Bonus
$97.73 - $2,575  
Profit Sharing
$3,931  
Total Pay (?
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$17,570 - $31,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.47 - $14.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$11.66 - $20.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$97.73 - $2,575  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,931  
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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$17,570 - $31,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,300

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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

  • Prepare daily activities and schedule, setting up educational and entertaining offerings.
  • Prepare and clean up after snacks and lunch.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with parents about schedules, problems, and offerings.
  • Maintain safety and cleanliness of daycare center.
  • Oversee child interactions and play, and ensure a safe and supportive environment.

Common Career Paths for Toddler Teacher


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Many Toddler Teachers move into a Nanny role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $28K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher


KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, La Petite Academy, Inc., Childtime Learning Center, and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Toddler Teachers. Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $27K, though there is little variation overall ($22K to $32K). Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks at Early Learning Center ($26K), Bright Horizons Child Care ($26K), and Head Start ($26K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are La Petite Academy, Inc., Primrose Schools, and Tutor Time Learning Centers. Their employees earn $22K on average.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Toddler Teachers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CDA, CPR, and Cleaning. It is often found that people who know Activities for Children are also skilled in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Toddler Teachers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,150

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

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Toddler Teachers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), New York (+29 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Chicago (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (9 percent lower) and St. Louis (8 percent lower).

Toddler Teacher Reviews

Q: 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.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Toddler Teacher

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Toddler Teacher Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Toddler Teacher Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 31%

Spanish Language
up arrow 16%

early childhood education
up arrow 3%


Activities for Children
0%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$23,000

Bilingual
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Cleaning
up arrow 6%

CPR
up arrow 10%

CDA
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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