Average Experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$44,962
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The average salary for an Experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Chicago, Illinois is $44,962.
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$30k - $61k
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$27k - $59k

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Job Description for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

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.

Career Paths

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Early Childhood Educator (ECE)
Daycare Teacher
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

An early career Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $30,369 based on 19 salaries. A mid-career Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 11 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $52,000.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 37.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (11.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (13.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 37 survey responses.
Early Career
51.4%
Mid Career
29.7%
Late Career
18.9%