Salary for Preschool Teachers

Also known as:  Early Childhood Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Nursery School Teacher, Nursery Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Preschool Teacher

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The role of preschool teachers is to guide children in activities which stimulate motor skills, cognitive and social development. They also help to assimilate children into the formalized schooling environment, and provide instruction in basic concepts such as colors, shapes, the alphabet, numbers, social skills and personal hygiene. They may feed children according to state and insititutional guidelines, change diaper, and clothing if necessary. Additionally, they may provide instruction in proper eating habits and manners. These teachers are generally required to hold state certifications and have some college training.

A Preschool Teacher gets an average compensation that can range from $21,900 and $58,230 based on tenure and industry expertise. Preschool Teachers will normally get a salary of thirty-six thousand five hundred and fifty dollars annually.

Preschool Teachers are compensated at the highest average salary in New Jersey, where they receive average job salaries of close to $47,190. They have the best average pay in Educational Services, where they earn pay of $49,620.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.72 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Preschool Teachers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$49,620
Public Administration
$38,440
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$37,930
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,320
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,350
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$35,680

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$32,440
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,400
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$35,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,320
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$37,930