Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for preschool teachers in the United States was $30,520. The lowest 10% earned less than $21,140 and the highest 10% earned more than $55,050 per year. Preschool teachers at state, local and private elementary and secondary schools received the highest median annual salary ($46,710 per year). This was followed by preschool teachers at individual and family services ($32,510), religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations ($31,660) and then finally child day care services ($28,700).
Autonomy and flexibility
Like many careers, autonomy is lower among early career teachers and higher among senior leaders. However, one study found that 38% of all teachers felt that they have ‘a little’ or ‘no’ influence over their professional development goals. This means that many teachers feel they have little autonomy. This is likely to be because teachers need to stick to state regulations and teaching requirements in order to give children the best possible chances.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a preschool teacher, based on average annual salary and number of job available, are:
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $36,701
- New York, where the average annual salary is $42,517
- Nevada, where the average annual salary is $33,580
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary is $37,319
- Massachusetts, where the average annual salary is $36,391
The worst states to be a teacher, according to Zippia, are Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama.
62% of preschool teachers were employed by child day care services, religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations employed 16% of preschool teachers, elementary and secondary schools employed 14% and individual and family services employed 2% of preschool teachers in the United States.
Teaching children at preschool can be incredibly tiring, as preschool teachers must be active all day. However, it is also very rewarding to see children develop and learn new skills and knowledge.