How Much Do Preschool Teachers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Preschool Teachers

Preschool Teachers instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$36550 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,900 to $26,220 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Preschool Teachers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,900 to $26,220 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Preschool Teachers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $28 $58,230
Senior (Top 25%) $20 $42,350
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $31,930
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $26,220
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $21,900

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $23 $47,190
DC $22 $45,890
NY $22 $44,760
MA $21 $43,120
MD $21 $42,650
HI $20 $41,910
TX $20 $41,670
NE $19 $40,500
CT $19 $40,470
CA $19 $40,450

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Preschool Teacher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Preschool Teachers are in the states of NJ, DC, NY, MA and MD.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Elementary and Secondary Schools $50520 $24.29
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $47080 $22.64
Junior Colleges $45910 $22.07
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $41420 $19.91
Religious Organizations $39770 $19.12
Educational Support Services $39300 $18.90
Other Schools and Instruction $38680 $18.60
Local Government $38450 $18.48
Management of Companies and Enterprises $37320 $17.94
Social Advocacy Organizations $37160 $17.86
Individual and Family Services $36860 $17.72
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $36530 $17.57
Scientific Research and Development Services $36150 $17.38
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $35740 $17.19
Employment Services $35680 $17.15
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $35490 $17.06
Civic and Social Organizations $35450 $17.04
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $35440 $17.04
Other Residential Care Facilities $35410 $17.03
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $35210 $16.93
Grantmaking and Giving Services $35180 $16.92
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $34930 $16.79
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $34810 $16.74
Outpatient Care Centers $32810 $15.77
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $32520 $15.63
Child Day Care Services $32190 $15.48
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $ $*
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $ $*

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