Toddler Teacher Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Toddler Teachers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.87 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.
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).Read More...
Toddler teachers assist in potty training, playing well with others, and developing knowledge and social skills that the child will need later on in life. They teach the children in their care the proper way to eat and drink, as well as basic table manners. Toddler teachers are responsible for making lesson plans, as well as coming up with new and fun things to keep the toddlers interested. Shifts for toddler teachers usually include weekdays during the day. However, some companies offer overnight and weekend toddler teachers.
Toddler teachers spend a lot of time with the children they teach, so they must be passionate about their job and love to be around children. Parents often leave their children most of the day with the toddler teacher, so it important that the teacher develops a bond with the parent and the child.
Toddler teacher positions generally require at least a high school diploma or a GED. Some employers may also require prior relevant work experience and references. Candidates are also required to pass a drug test, as well as a criminal background check.
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.
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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
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).
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