These Are The 10 States With The Highest Preschool Teacher Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay preschool teachers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 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. Kentucky
  3. Texas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Virginia
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Michigan
  9. Illinois
  10. Tennessee

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 2016 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 $35740, so our index value would be:

$35,740 * (100 / 135.9) = $26,298

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 $45,818 $41,970 91.6
2 Kentucky $40,386 $36,550 90.5
3 Texas $39,492 $35,820 90.7
4 Louisiana $38,808 $36,790 94.8
5 Virginia $37,123 $37,420 100.8
6 Arkansas $36,394 $31,700 87.1
7 Oklahoma $35,885 $32,010 89.2
8 Michigan $34,842 $31,010 89.0
9 Illinois $34,830 $32,950 94.6
10 Tennessee $34,574 $30,910 89.4
11 North Dakota $34,486 $34,280 99.4
12 West Virginia $33,918 $31,680 93.4
13 Mississippi $33,701 $28,950 85.9
14 New Jersey $33,404 $40,720 121.9
15 Wyoming $33,344 $30,610 91.8
16 Minnesota $33,035 $33,300 100.8
17 Georgia $32,735 $29,920 91.4
18 New Mexico $32,642 $31,500 96.5
19 New York $31,984 $41,900 131.0
20 Kansas $31,757 $28,550 89.9
21 Nevada $31,239 $32,270 103.3
22 Missouri $30,420 $27,500 90.4
23 North Carolina $30,351 $28,500 93.9
24 Indiana $30,055 $26,900 89.5
25 Maine $29,954 $33,190 110.8
26 Iowa $29,615 $26,950 91.0
27 South Carolina $29,485 $29,250 99.2
28 Alaska $29,267 $38,370 131.1
29 Colorado $29,065 $30,170 103.8
30 Washington $28,935 $30,440 105.2
31 Ohio $28,901 $27,110 93.8
32 South Dakota $28,756 $29,820 103.7
33 Connecticut $28,637 $36,570 127.7
34 Utah $28,580 $26,580 93.0
35 Delaware $28,579 $28,980 101.4
36 Alabama $28,442 $25,940 91.2
37 Arizona $28,418 $27,850 98.0
38 Rhode Island $28,102 $33,920 120.7
39 Vermont $27,993 $33,900 121.1
40 Maryland $27,960 $35,090 125.5
41 Florida $27,955 $27,480 98.3
42 Pennsylvania $27,672 $28,060 101.4
43 Montana $27,281 $27,500 100.8
44 Wisconsin $27,231 $26,360 96.8
45 Massachusetts $26,911 $35,900 133.4
46 California $26,298 $35,740 135.9
47 Oregon $26,150 $30,230 115.6
48 New Hampshire $25,641 $30,000 117.0
49 Idaho $25,190 $23,200 92.1
50 Hawaii $21,334 $35,820 167.9

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