When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $13.76 per hour) can be spotted in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hillsborough, N.J. ($13.15), Atlanta, Ga. (about $12.00), and Columbus, Ohio (around $11.02) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Houston, Texas — at $9.11, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Illinois, where pay average out at $13.96 per hour.
Assistant Child Care Directors are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $13.52 per hour; Early Childhood Educators, Preschool Teachers, and Toddler Teachers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $13.05, about $12.87, and $12.03, respectively. Near the bottom at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development are Assistant Preschool Teachers, pulling in an average of just approximately $9.45.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $12.07 per hour. The largest fraction of The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development people (49 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn about $11.16 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Teacher Certifications are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $14.34 per hour. The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor's Degree — these employees rake in approximately $14.56 per hour.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Childhood Education; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $12.08 per hour. A common skill in The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development's work force is Curriculum Planning; the larger part of survey participants report using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Activities for Children, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Spanish Language.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only one in four survey participants receiving paid vacation and 9 percent receiving paid sick days. Slightly less than a third of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Perks cover health insurance for just under a third of workers and dental coverage for nearly one-fifth of workers. The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development employees also enjoy perks such as a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and day care.