Toddler Teacher Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.89 per hour. Compensation starts at $8.32 per hour and can reach $15.36. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residency, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, 43 percent do enjoy medical insurance, and about a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from 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 (?
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  
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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  
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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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Toddler Teachers. Typically, those who move into a Non-Special Education Preschool Teacher role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher

The biggest paychecks can be found at Head Start—the median salary there is $26,706.
With a reported median salary of only $22,740, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town. Given the fact that some workers here earn up to $36,871, the disparity in salary is crystal clear. 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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Toddler Teachers who took the survey. 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $23K—can reach $24K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $24K. After 20 years of work in the field, Toddler Teachers typically earn $27K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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$23,000
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For Toddler Teachers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east—Washington, New York, and Boston—all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Toddler Teachers in the country. Toddler Teachers in Cleveland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around -18 percent in San Antonio and -8 percent in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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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%
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