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 $15.16 on the higher end. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Toddler Teachers. Just over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and approximately one in three claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$15,924 - $41,685
(Median)
$16K
$27K
$42K
MEDIAN: $26,765
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$8.26 - $15.16
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$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,924 - $41,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
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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$17,098 - $33,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $15.16  
   
Overtime
$8.76 - $21.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
   
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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$17,098 - $33,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,095
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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 may enjoy increased earnings if they become Nannies. This seems to be a popular career move, and Nanny earn a slightly higher median of $27K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher


Leading companies who hire large numbers of 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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Head Start offers the most; Toddler Teachers earn $27K on average there. 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).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include La Petite Academy, Inc. at $20K, Childtime Learning Center at $21K, and YMCA, where $21K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Toddler Teachers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Activities for Children, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CDA. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $24K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $22K. On average, Toddler Teachers make $24K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Toddler Teachers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $27K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Toddler Teachers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Toddler Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+33 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), and San Jose (+26 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

CDA
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

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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