Preschool Teacher, Except Special Education Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for preschool teachers, except special education in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of preschool teachers, except special education amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,740
25th Percentile Wage
$26,420
50th Percentile Wage
$32,640
75th Percentile Wage
$39,760
90th Percentile Wage
$50,610

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for preschool teachers, except special education in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $50,610. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $32,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,740.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$10.93
25th Percentile Wage
$12.70
50th Percentile Wage
$15.69
75th Percentile Wage
$19.11
90th Percentile Wage
$24.33

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for preschool teachers, except special education in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $24.33. The median hourly salary is $15.69. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $10.93.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of preschool teachers, except special education from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201632,6402.82%5.91%
201531,7201.67%-
201431,190-0.55%-
201331,3602.07%-
201230,710--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of preschool teachers, except special education in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of preschool teachers, except special education in state of California ranges from $23,960 to $42,620. The highest paying area for preschool teachers, except special education in California is Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $42,620. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $40,350). The lowest paying area is Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $23,960.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$42,620
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$40,350
El Centro
$37,550
Merced
$37,530
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$37,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$35,850
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$35,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$35,770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$34,030
Napa
$33,800
Visalia-Porterville
$31,980
Bakersfield-Delano
$31,890
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$31,890
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$31,840
Yuba City
$31,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$31,270
Salinas
$31,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$31,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$30,270
Madera-Chowchilla
$29,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$29,820
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$29,690
Stockton
$29,550
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$29,050
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$28,640
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$28,560
Vallejo-Fairfield
$28,530
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$28,510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$27,920
Fresno
$26,940
Modesto
$26,920
Redding
$25,460
Chico
$24,390
Hanford-Corcoran
$24,220
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$23,960


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