Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salary

Preschool Teachers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.38 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and close to a third receive dental plans. For the most part, Preschool Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$17,505 - $48,637
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MEDIAN: $30,184
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$9.40 - $17.43
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$0$48K
Salary $17,505 - $48,637
Bonus $96.35 - $1,664
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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$19,349 - $39,061
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,191
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.40 - $17.43
Overtime $12.63 - $24.82
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $96.35 - $1,664
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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$19,349 - $39,061
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,513

Job Description for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

A preschool teacher, in a general classroom setting, is expected to work with children younger than school age, usually between the ages of three and five. A preschool teacher must engage these small children in activities that are not too challenging but still have educational merit, including, but not limited to finger painting, putting on short plays, singing songs, and reading to them. The purpose of a preschool teacher is to prepare children for kindergarten and elementary school. A preschool teacher works in a school building and can be expected to interact with other teachers, the administration of the school, and any other school staff including custodians and cafeteria workers. To be a preschool teacher one must have a degree in a relevant field and teaching certification. A day of preschool is usually a half day, because most children at this age cannot attend school for an entire day. However, the teacher is usually there from morning to around 4 or 5 in the afternoon because there may be two shifts of students. A good candidate to be a preschool teacher is obviously someone who loves children, but also has plenty of patience and stamina. A preschool teacher will often have to mediate and settle disputes between children and deal with any problems they may have, be they social, emotional or mental. A preschool teacher must be gentle and careful with students because they are at a tender developmental age, and this job should only be done by someone who definitely knows what they are doing and loves it. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Tasks

  • Lead classroom activities and teaching of curriculum, including maintaining order.
  • Plan and implement curriculum of activities and lessons.
  • Maintain classroom and play space for safety and cleanliness.
  • Conduct student assessments and provide feedback on behavior and performance to parents.

Common Career Paths for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


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For Preschool Teachers, progressing to an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher role may result in a significant raise. On average, an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher can earn $40K annually. Becoming a Director of Preschool is, more often than not, the most common role that Preschool Teachers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $35K. Another frequent advance is for Preschool Teachers to assume a Daycare Teacher role; in this role, workers often earn $21K.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


Many Preschool Teachers can be found at KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Head Start, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, and YMCA, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of Bright Horizons Child Care can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $30K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $19K to $35K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Head Start, Goddard, and Knowledge Universe, where earnings of $28K, $28K, or $27K are standard for Preschool Teachers.

La Petite Academy, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $22K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited. The Learning Experience, The Learning Care Group, Inc., and Childtime Learning Center are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($22K, $23K, and $23K respectively).

Popular Skills for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)


Survey results imply that Preschool Teachers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Teaching, and early childhood education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing CDA as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. patience and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

Pay by Experience for a Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) has a positive trend. An entry-level Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 2,179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,406 salaries. An experienced Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,209 salaries. A Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 471 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,670

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Preschool Teachers, New York provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Preschool Teachers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (9 percent less) and Phoenix (8 percent less).

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)?

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Leitchfield:
Pros: The families.
Cons: The pay.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Placerville:
"Fulfilling and high energy."
Pros: I love that I get to work to change the lives of children in an accepting creative way.
Cons: It is not a very clean job.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Bronx:
"My assistant doesn't like children."
Pros: Interacting with the children and their parents.
Cons: My Assistant.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in san jose ca 95111:
Pros: I get to learn things I didn't learn an use it for my owe kid's.
Cons:

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Jonesboro:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: You build good relationship to other people you help them do activities of daily living, you make people happy.
Cons: When the client dies its really hard.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Columbus:
Pros: Good children. Nice center.
Cons: Don't like working alone. Miss feeling like part of the team.

Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) in Los Angeles:
"It's amazing as long as you get your rest!"
Pros: How the children remind you not to take things so seriously. Watching them grow as if they are your own children. Meeting new parents and being encircled by such diverse cultures.
Cons: When I don't get enough sleep my patience is thin and I don't have as much fun with the children as I could.

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Key Stats for Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 807 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Education) Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲36%

Teaching
▲14%

early childhood education
▲8%


Bilingual
▼0%

National Average
$27,000

Childhood Education
▼2%



bachelors degree
▼3%


CPR
▼6%

Child Advocacy
▼6%

Team Leadership
▼9%

patience
▼11%

CDA
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 807 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 55%