Toddler Teacher Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Toddler Teachers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.89 per hour on average. The range in pay spans from $8.32 per hour to $15.36. Residency is the main element affecting pay for this group—tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, 43 percent have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Toddler Teachers. This report is based on responses to 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 (?
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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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For Toddler Teachers, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Toddler Teachers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Non-Special Education Preschool Teacher.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher

Toddler Teachers flock to Head Start for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $26,706 lead the pack in compensation.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where the median salary is just $22,740. Workers at KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. and Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $23,139 and $24,578, respectively.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher

Toddler Teachers only report a few specific 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.
Toddler Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $23K can reach $24K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $24K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Toddler Teachers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $27K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; around two-thirds of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$23,000
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Relative to Toddler Teachers in the rest of the country, Toddler Teachers to the east in Washington, New York, and Boston see salaries beyond the national average. 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) and Dallas (-8 percent).

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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$23,000
Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

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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%