The average salary for early childhood education jobs

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The average salary for early childhood education jobs
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Young children have an amazing capacity for learning, and a genuine excitement about the world around them. For this reason, a career in early education can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Pay for jobs in early education can vary from state to state, from city to city and from job to job, and can range from low to moderately high.


Early education includes preschool, kindergarten, and first through about third grade. During these years, teachers lay the foundation upon which the rest of a child's education will be built. Using games, songs, stories and crafts, they teach basic academic skills, promote social development, provide support and encouragement, and nurture a child's natural enthusiasm.


Preschool teachers typically do not require a specific degree. Public and private elementary school teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree to acquire a teaching license. Typically this degree is in education, but most states will work with aspiring teachers who have degrees in other fields. Private school teachers do not have to be licensed by the state.

Preschool Salary

Preschool teachers must have energy, creativity, and patience. They use a young child's natural inclination for play to teach pre-reading, pre-math, art and music. They also work to reinforce social skills like manners and cooperation. The national hourly pay average for a preschool teacher is £8.30 per hour, and the average yearly salary is £17,296.

Kindergarten Salary

A kindergarten teacher gives children the building blocks for their future studies. Most children learn basic phonics, simple reading skills, how to count and tell time and how to write the alphabet in kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers can earn anywhere from about £19,500 to £48,750 yearly, with the median annual salary being £30,615.

Elementary Salary

Educators in first through third grade will encourage more serious, disciplined learning habits. They will incorporate a child's burgeoning reading, writing and math skills into new subjects like history, science and social studies. Elementary school teachers can expect a starting salary of about £19,500 and a top salary of about £50,700. The median salary for an elementary schoolteacher in the U.S. is £32,064.


Preschool and elementary school administrators manage staffing, training, curriculum, and day-to-day school activities. A master's or doctorate degree and experience in a related field are often required for this position. Preschool administrators earn a national median salary of £41,411, and elementary administrators earn a median salary of £56,010.

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