How much does a Preschool Teacher make in the United States?

Average base salary

65.3k salaries reported, updated at Oct 19, 2020
per hour

The average salary for a preschool teacher is $12.62 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Childcare
  • Professional development assistance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Music Degree
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Early Childhood Education Degree
1,702 jobs
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Child Development Degree
204 jobs
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Special Education Degree
20 jobs
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Family Studies Degree
36 jobs
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Professional Educator License
17 jobs
30Company icon
Teaching Certification
659 jobs
1,373Company icon
Special Education Certification
23 jobs
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Sports Medicine
2 jobs
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Infectious Disease
12 jobs
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Nonprofit Management
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Nannying Experience
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Special Needs
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Experience with Children
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Physical Examinations
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Montessori Certification
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Food Handler Certification
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Most common benefits for Preschool Teachers

  • Childcare
  • Professional development assistance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
  • Employee discount
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Flexible schedule
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Salary satisfaction

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22% of Preschool teachers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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