Toddler Teacher Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Toddler Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.74 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Toddler Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The larger part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, nearly two in five report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$17,575 - $41,847
(Median)
$18K
$28K
$42K
MEDIAN: $27,527
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$8.33 - $15.11
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,575 - $41,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$17,382 - $32,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.33 - $15.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$9.60 - $21.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$17,382 - $32,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,495
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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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Moving into a Nanny position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $27K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher


KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, La Petite Academy, Inc., and Childtime Learning Center are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $32K, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $27K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Head Start, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and Bright Horizons Child Care, where Toddler Teachers typically earn around $26K, $25K, or $25K, respectively.

Childtime Learning Center offers the least pay with a median salary of $21K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $28K. Tutor Time Learning Centers, YMCA, and La Petite Academy, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $21K.

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Survey results suggest that Toddler Teachers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, early childhood education, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include CDA, CPR, and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those who know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. On average, Toddler Teachers make $24K following one to two decades on the job. As Toddler Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,113

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

Home to some of the best pay for Toddler Teachers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 56 percent above the national average. Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Seattle (+29 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

Toddler Teacher Reviews

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.

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

Spanish Language
up arrow 16%

early childhood education
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

CPR
up arrow 8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

CDA
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 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
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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