Average Preschool Teacher Assistant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Preschool Teacher Assistant is $10.72.
MEDIAN $10.72
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $14
$9 - $979
Total Pay
$17,911 - $30,518

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Job Description for Preschool Teacher Assistant

Preschool Teacher Assistant Tasks
  • Assist teacher with preparation and facilitation of daily activities, such as games, crafts, and field trips.
  • Assess children's' emotional and developmental needs through evaluation and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Attend to children's basic needs, such as toileting, feeding, and maintaining nap schedules.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of classroom.
  • Ensure supervision of children and enforce school policy.
The top respondents for the job title Preschool Teacher Assistant are from the companies Head Start, Montessori PreSchool and YMCA. Reported salaries are highest at KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. where the average pay is $12.48. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Montessori PreSchool and Primrose Schools, earning around $11.81 and $11.25, respectively. La Petite Academy, Inc. pays the lowest at around $9.00. YMCA and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.08 and $10.59, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Preschool Teacher Assistant

Skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Preschool Teacher Assistant

An entry-level Preschool Teacher Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.28 based on 109 salaries. An early career Preschool Teacher Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.44 based on 534 salaries. A mid-career Preschool Teacher Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.05 based on 191 salaries. An experienced Preschool Teacher Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.78 based on 168 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Preschool Teacher Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 21.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (20.4% more) and New York, New York (16.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (7.6% less).

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