Updated August 18, 2021
Average Pre-K Teacher Salary
$40,000 yearly
$19.48 hourly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$40,000
Median
$67,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$67,000
$5,583
$32
75th Percentile
$52,000
$4,333
$25
Average
$40,517
$3,376
$19
25th Percentile
$31,000
$2,583
$15
10th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12

Average Pre-K Teacher Salary By State

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Pre-K Teacher average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$35,057
$16.85
Alaska
$51,804
$24.91
Arizona
$33,412
$16.06
Arkansas
$31,686
$15.23
California
$55,398
$26.63
Colorado
$33,682
$16.19
Connecticut
$50,088
$24.08
Delaware
$41,186
$19.80
District of Columbia
$53,660
$25.80
Florida
$27,324
$13.14
Georgia
$31,693
$15.24
Hawaii
$40,182
$19.32
Idaho
$30,462
$14.65
Illinois
$38,481
$18.50
Indiana
$31,501
$15.14
Iowa
$38,626
$18.57
Kansas
$30,898
$14.85
Kentucky
$36,226
$17.42
Louisiana
$31,983
$15.38
Maine
$40,073
$19.27
Maryland
$51,787
$24.90
Massachusetts
$57,378
$27.59
Michigan
$46,356
$22.29
Minnesota
$39,539
$19.01
Mississippi
$29,405
$14.14
Missouri
$30,333
$14.58
Montana
$31,230
$15.01
Nebraska
$40,060
$19.26
Nevada
$40,121
$19.29
New Hampshire
$37,522
$18.04
New Jersey
$51,499
$24.76
New Mexico
$36,489
$17.54
New York
$51,936
$24.97
North Carolina
$25,947
$12.47
North Dakota
$36,857
$17.72
Ohio
$40,804
$19.62
Oklahoma
$26,713
$12.84
Oregon
$48,642
$23.39
Pennsylvania
$41,276
$19.84
Rhode Island
$48,624
$23.38
South Carolina
$28,515
$13.71
South Dakota
$31,911
$15.34
Tennessee
$30,819
$14.82
Texas
$42,947
$20.65
Utah
$36,709
$17.65
Vermont
$41,843
$20.12
Virginia
$39,457
$18.97
Washington
$43,084
$20.71
West Virginia
$32,762
$15.75
Wisconsin
$34,377
$16.53
Wyoming
$39,853
$19.16

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Highest Paying Cities For Pre-K Teacher

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Brookline, MA
$57,325
$27.56
Palo Alto, CA
$57,193
$27.50
Washington, DC
$53,720
$25.83
Baltimore, MD
$52,254
$25.12
New York, NY
$52,190
$25.09
Austin, TX
$43,677
$21.00

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How much does a Pre-K Teacher make?

The average pre-k teacher salary is $40,517 per year, or $19.48 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $67,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, California, New York, Alaska, and Maryland provide the highest pre-k teacher salaries.

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    How Much Do Pre-K Teachers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a pre-k teacher can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for pre-k teachers tend to be found in education, professional, and technology companies. In fact, pre-k teachers can make a yearly salary of $36,525 while working for education companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Pre-K Teacher SalaryPre-K Teacher Salary Range
    1Education
    $36,525
    $23k
    $44k
    2Professional
    $30,108
    $23k
    $44k
    3Technology
    $26,337
    $23k
    $44k
    4Non Profits
    $26,018
    $23k
    $44k

    High Paying Pre-K Teacher Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Infant And Toddler Teacher

    Avg. salary: $28,415

    An infant and toddler teacher is a professional who aids in the cognitive and social development of preschool children by teaching them the most basic skills that focus on play-centered learning and creativity. Infant and toddler teachers must help children develop positive self-images and encourage them to explore their interests and develop social skills. They must plan and carry out a curriculum that teaches children basic skills such as color, shape, and letter recognition. Infant and toddler teachers must also meet the children's parents to discuss concerns.
    49,802 Infant And Toddler Teacher Jobs
    Substitute School Teacher

    Avg. salary: $29,815

    A substitute teacher is liable for providing learning instruction and managing classroom settings in the absence of the regular teacher. They are responsible for checking student attendance, explaining homework, and maintaining classroom cleanliness. They generally report to the principal at the school to which they are assigned. They plan and prepare lesson plans and teach students a variety of subjects, including English, science, and mathematics. Moreover, they ensure that the students are disciplined, and talk with parents and discuss the progress.
    57,090 Substitute School Teacher Jobs
    Early Childhood Teacher

    Avg. salary: $36,849

    An early childhood teacher specializes in handling and teaching young learners as they prepare for their formal schooling stage. Their responsibilities revolve around addressing and meeting the needs of students, organizing recreational activities for learning processes, and devising strategies to help the learners with their interpersonal and emotional growth. Furthermore, as an early childhood teacher, it is essential to monitor the children's progress and provide updates to their parents, all while maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone.
    50,781 Early Childhood Teacher Jobs
    Summer School Teacher

    Avg. salary: $53,106

    A Summer School Teacher is a teacher who works during the summer period. They develop and implement schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. Generally, they have the same duties as a school teacher.
    48,846 Summer School Teacher Jobs
    Teacher Aide

    Avg. salary: $24,566

    Teacher aides help lead teachers in managing the classroom. They assist teachers in conducting classroom sessions by setting up the classroom in advance, sourcing materials needed for class activities, helping in presentations, and guiding students during class activities. Teacher aides are also responsible for maintaining classroom cleanliness and helping clean up after the children. They also help manage the students during breaks and during classes. They help the lead teacher keep the students'students' attention. They also assist the students in any other tasks that they may need.
    75,963 Teacher Aide Jobs
    Head Start Teacher

    Avg. salary: $30,390

    A head start teacher is responsible for organizing lectures and monitoring classroom operations for students with financial difficulties. Head start teachers have the same roles as regular teachers, such as preparing lesson plans, conducting assessments to test the students' knowledge, documenting their progress, and planning group activities to observe their personal and social behaviors. They also coordinate with the students' parents to share the child's difficulties and strategize methods to enhance capabilities. A head start teacher must have excellent communication skills, especially in attending to students for their needs and encouraging them to reach their maximum potentials.
    43,700 Head Start Teacher Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Infant And Toddler Teacher
    $28,416
    $2,368
    $13.66
    49,802
    Substitute School Teacher
    $29,815
    $2,485
    $14.33
    57,090
    Early Childhood Teacher
    $36,850
    $3,071
    $17.72
    50,781
    Summer School Teacher
    $53,107
    $4,426
    $25.53
    48,846
    Teacher Aide
    $24,567
    $2,047
    $11.81
    75,963
    Head Start Teacher
    $30,390
    $2,533
    $14.61
    43,700
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    Which Companies Pay Pre-K Teachers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a pre-k teacher, working for Baltimore City Public Schools or Potomac High School might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Houston Independent School District and South Oak Cliff High School report highly competitive wages for pre-k teachers.
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    Recently Added Pre-K Teacher Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Keystone Human Services
    Head Start Pre K Counts Teacher
    Head Start Pre K Counts Teacher
    Harrisburg, PA
    08/29/2021
    $37,880
    08/29/2021
    YMCA of Central Stark County
    Pre-K Lead Teacher-North Canton Child Development Center
    Pre-K Lead Teacher-North Canton Child Development Center
    North Canton, OH
    08/28/2021
    $27,131
    08/28/2021
    Primrose School
    Pre-K Teacher
    Pre-K Teacher
    Olathe, KS
    08/27/2021
    $25,044
    08/27/2021
    Primrose School
    Pre-K Teacher
    Pre-K Teacher
    Berkeley Heights, NJ
    08/25/2021
    $34,000
    08/25/2021
    Kindercare
    Infant Teacher, Twos Teacher, Preschool Teacher and Pre-K Teacher at Canyon Point Kindercare
    Infant Teacher, Twos Teacher, Preschool Teacher and Pre-K Teacher at Canyon Point Kindercare
    Golden, CO
    08/25/2021
    $27,653
    08/25/2021
    Salem-Keizer School District
    Pre-K, Teacher-Early Childhood ED
    Pre-K, Teacher-Early Childhood ED
    Salem, OR
    08/23/2021
    $43,501
    08/23/2021
    Goddard School
    Pre-K Teacher
    Pre-K Teacher
    Ballwin, MO
    08/18/2021
    $28,175
    08/18/2021
    Broward County Public Schools
    Interim Substitute-Pre-K Intensive
    Interim Substitute-Pre-K Intensive
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    08/13/2021
    $31,305
    08/13/2021
    Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District
    Teacher-K
    Teacher-K
    Valley Center, CA
    08/11/2021
    $56,524
    08/11/2021
    Primrose School
    Pre K Teacher
    Pre K Teacher
    Arden Hills, MN
    08/09/2021
    $33,392
    08/09/2021

    Average Pre-K Teacher Salary by Demographic

    Pre-K Teacher Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $48,343
    female-income
    Female Income
    $44,862
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$48,343
    Female$44,862
    Median Pre-K Teacher Income by Race
    Asian pre-k teachers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american pre-k teachers have the lowest average salary at $45,318.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$46,109
    Black or African American$45,318
    Asian$48,556
    Hispanic or Latino$47,367
    Average Pre-K Teacher Salary by Education Level
    Pre-k teachers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $46,752 annually. With a Masters degree, pre-k teachers earn a median annual income of $44,862 compared to $34,037 for pre-k teachers with an Bachelors degree.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$44,862
    Bachelor's Degree$34,037
    Doctorate Degree$46,752