The average pay for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) is AU$23.76 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Teaching and Team Leadership. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

AU$37,087 - AU$66,468
AU$37K
AU$50K
AU$66K
MEDIAN: AU$50,066
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50%
90%
AU$19.75 - AU$29.61
AU$20
AU$24
AU$30
MEDIAN: AU$23.81
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AU$0AU$66K
Salary AU$37,087 - AU$66,468
Bonus AU$4,000
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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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AU$40,677 - AU$62,102
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 299
Hourly Data AU$0AU$42
Hourly Rate AU$19.75 - AU$29.61
Hourly Tips AU$1.01
Overtime AU$19.35 - AU$42.50
Annual Data AU$0AU$62K
Bonus AU$4,000
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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AU$40,677 - AU$62,102
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,949

Job Description for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Children who receive the proper attention early on in life will do better during their educational years. That’s what early childhood educators do; they provide all the important skills a child needs to be successful. Studies have shown that children between ages 3-6 who receive social activities, educational concepts and creative skills are better prepared for their school years. Interaction with parents, caregivers and teachers are the first step to a well-rounded child. Educators who focus on motor skills, writing, reading and emotional development can give a child what they need to succeed. Social relations through play are also important; it’s a chance for children to learn how to share, create relationships and to work well as team. Other roles include make believe, engaging, stimulation and mental development. Early childhood nutrition is another important aspect to creating a healthy lifestyle, teaching children how to take care of themselves through eating well and being clean will last them lifetime. It’s essential for educators to provide a safe environment for young students; this will help them grow with self-confidence. Children love routine, they also are able to follow directions better from those they trust and respect. Teachers play an important role in maintaining these good daily habits. Educators also are able to detect behavioral problems early on so having a relationship with parents at this stage is critical for correcting such issues. Communication between child, teacher and parent can be the single most important thing when it comes to early childhood education. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Tasks

  • Plan and lead educational activities and lessons like story time, making music, or crafts.
  • Write reports on students for supervisors and document behavioral or learning concerns.
  • Communicate with parents about programs, problems, lessons, and student progress.
  • Maintain safe, clean facilities, and teach children rules of safe conduct.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Pay By Employer

$0$41K

$25,958

Head Start
9 profiles
$27,726

$26,594

$41,000

Common Career Paths for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


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Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Pay by Experience for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$48,000 based on 1,514 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$51,000 based on 579 salaries. An experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$53,000 based on 384 salaries. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$54,000 based on 95 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$49,650

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Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE)?

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Bendigo:
"Frustrating."
Pros: Nurturing caring and educating the children.
Cons: Misleading communication. Staff treated diffrently. Favouritsum. Diffrent rules for diffrent people. Honest support. Integraty and trust, Not being able to make the childrens day to day health and wellbeing my priority, as there is unclear amounts of paperwork, for what, why, how. Not being able to use your own capabilitys, that in your heart you now is right .But others make you feel that the good job you are doing (With Paper Work) is not worth the paper its written on.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Gosford:
"Stress level."
Pros: The children are very loving and caring.
Cons: The not so great pay. At times I feel unappreciated, and trying not to step on anyones toes.

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Key Stats for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲9%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
AU$50,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲14%


National Average
AU$50,000

Childhood Education
▼1%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 6%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 94%