Most lead teachers list "child care," "cpr," and "customer service" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important lead teacher responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a lead teacher. We found that 50.8% of lead teachers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 10.1% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most lead teachers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every six lead teachers were not college graduates.
The lead teachers who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied early childhood education and elementary education, while a small population of lead teachers studied human development and psychology.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a lead teacher. We've found that most lead teacher resumes include experience from Learning Care Group, KinderCare Learning Centers, and Champion. Of recent, Learning Care Group had 251 positions open for lead teachers. Meanwhile, there are 55 job openings at KinderCare Learning Centers and 10 at Champion.
If you're interested in companies where lead teachers make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Charter Schools USA, KIPP Houston Public Schools, and Forsyth Country Day School. We found that at Charter Schools USA, the average lead teacher salary is $59,579. Whereas at KIPP Houston Public Schools, lead teachers earn roughly $58,535. And at Forsyth Country Day School, they make an average salary of $51,258.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a lead teacher include KinderCare Learning Centers, Bright Horizons, and Childtime Childcare. These three companies were found to hire the most lead teachers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, lead teachers fulfill roles in the non profits and hospitality industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the lead teacher annual salary is the highest in the education industry with $31,830 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the government and professional industries pay $30,655 and $28,915 respectively. This means that lead teachers who are employed in the education industry make 15.9% more than lead teachers who work in the non profits Industry.