The 10 States With The Highest Preschool Teacher Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 5 months ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do preschool teachers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for preschool teachers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for preschool teachers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for preschool teachers after this adjustment? That would be Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Michigan
  3. Texas
  4. Arkansas
  5. Virginia
  6. Minnesota
  7. Kentucky
  8. New York
  9. Tennessee
  10. Wyoming

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for preschool teachers from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $37850, so our index value would be:

$37,850 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,851

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for preschool teachers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Preschool Teacher Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nebraska $41,462 $37,980 91.6
2 Michigan $39,337 $35,010 89.0
3 Texas $38,544 $34,960 90.7
4 Arkansas $38,059 $33,150 87.1
5 Virginia $37,579 $37,880 100.8
6 Minnesota $37,202 $37,500 100.8
7 Kentucky $37,182 $33,650 90.5
8 New York $37,122 $48,630 131.0
9 Tennessee $36,498 $32,630 89.4
10 Wyoming $35,522 $32,610 91.8
11 New Mexico $35,336 $34,100 96.5
12 Kansas $35,105 $31,560 89.9
13 West Virginia $34,860 $32,560 93.4
14 Louisiana $34,061 $32,290 94.8
15 Connecticut $33,946 $43,350 127.7
16 Georgia $33,818 $30,910 91.4
17 Missouri $33,672 $30,440 90.4
18 New Jersey $33,535 $40,880 121.9
19 Illinois $33,298 $31,500 94.6
20 Oklahoma $32,858 $29,310 89.2
21 Mississippi $32,526 $27,940 85.9
22 Maine $32,093 $35,560 110.8
23 Utah $31,935 $29,700 93.0
24 Colorado $31,926 $33,140 103.8
25 Arizona $31,642 $31,010 98.0
26 Nevada $31,500 $32,540 103.3
27 Washington $31,330 $32,960 105.2
28 Ohio $30,938 $29,020 93.8
29 Montana $30,912 $31,160 100.8
30 Maryland $30,629 $38,440 125.5
31 Indiana $30,446 $27,250 89.5
32 North Carolina $30,095 $28,260 93.9
33 South Dakota $29,758 $30,860 103.7
34 Iowa $29,703 $27,030 91.0
35 Massachusetts $29,370 $39,180 133.4
36 South Carolina $29,173 $28,940 99.2
37 Pennsylvania $28,846 $29,250 101.4
38 Delaware $28,510 $28,910 101.4
39 Florida $28,474 $27,990 98.3
40 North Dakota $28,390 $28,220 99.4
41 Vermont $28,315 $34,290 121.1
42 Idaho $28,230 $26,000 92.1
43 California $27,851 $37,850 135.9
44 Alaska $27,620 $36,210 131.1
45 Wisconsin $27,427 $26,550 96.8
46 Alabama $27,192 $24,800 91.2
47 Rhode Island $26,843 $32,400 120.7
48 New Hampshire $26,376 $30,860 117.0
49 Oregon $26,297 $30,400 115.6
50 Hawaii $23,561 $39,560 167.9
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