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Toddler Teacher Salary

Most Toddler Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.79 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.30 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.26 on the higher side. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and roughly a third have dental coverage, just over a half claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Toddler Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$16,676 - $46,431
(Median)
$17K
$27K
$46K
MEDIAN: $26,916
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$8.30 - $15.26
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$16,676 - $46,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $394.53  
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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$17,230 - $33,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.26  
   
Overtime
$8.54 - $21.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $394.53  
   
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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$17,230 - $33,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 952

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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 often transition into upper-level roles like Nanny, for which the average compensation is $27K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Toddler Teacher


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Toddler Teachers include KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Head Start, and La Petite Academy, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Head Start offers the most; Toddler Teachers earn $27K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc at $25K, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development at $24K, and Goddard, where Toddler Teachers annually earn $24K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are La Petite Academy, Inc. ($20K), YMCA ($21K), and KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. ($24K).

Popular Skills for Toddler Teacher


Professional skills reported by Toddler Teachers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Activities for Children, and CDA are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CDA. Most people 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.


Toddler Teachers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $22K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $24K. Toddler Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $24K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $26K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Toddler Teachers, 55 percent above the national average. Toddler Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+33 percent), New York (+25 percent), and San Jose (+25 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Toddler Teacher's salary, with Cleveland Toddler Teachers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Phoenix and 7 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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Curriculum Planning
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National Average
$23,000

Activities for Children
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CDA
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 53%
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