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Highest Paying States for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

The highest paying states for preschool teachers, except special education (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of preschool teachers, except special education in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $40,500, Nebraska is the highest paying state for preschool teachers, except special education. It is followed by Louisiana (average annual salary $38,440). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of preschool teachers, except special education in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Nebraska
$40,500
$20,450 810
2 Louisiana
$38,440
$18,360 3,230
3 Kentucky
$35,040
$20,590 2,800
4 Hawaii
$34,360
$22,320 1,610
5 New Jersey
$34,340
$21,360 14,050
6 District of Columbia
$34,290
$21,850 990
7 Alaska
$33,210
$22,520 520
8 California
$32,640
$22,740 48,570
9 Oklahoma
$32,240
$18,400 4,510
10 New York
$32,200
$19,550 40,010
11 Virginia
$31,490
$20,460 9,720
12 Connecticut
$31,460
$21,690 6,160
13 Massachusetts
$31,170
$22,680 15,610
14 Guam
$31,070
$18,380 70
15 Rhode Island
$30,820
$21,970 1,390
16 Vermont
$30,590
$24,790 1,130
17 Minnesota
$30,370
$22,330 6,580
18 Maine
$30,240
$23,760 1,220
19 Maryland
$29,460
$21,290 9,330
20 Illinois
$29,410
$19,330 19,230
21 South Dakota
$28,880
$22,010 1,140
22 Washington
$28,840
$21,400 8,870
23 Arkansas
$28,740
$17,910 3,160
24 North Dakota
$28,690
$19,980 820
25 Wyoming
$28,430
$17,270 690
26 Georgia
$28,040
$17,860 13,280
27 Oregon
$28,030
$21,310 6,800
28 Nevada
$28,000
$20,310 1,630
29 West Virginia
$27,970
$19,460 1,510
30 Texas
$27,840
$17,550 27,140
31 Colorado
$27,820
$19,470 8,440
32 Michigan
$27,680
$19,400 7,740
33 New Hampshire
$27,570
$20,830 2,820
34 Montana
$27,160
$19,090 1,130
35 New Mexico
$27,050
$18,300 2,250
36 Mississippi
$26,970
$17,480 2,350
37 Delaware
$26,700
$19,990 2,020
38 Virgin Islands
$26,600
$17,630 140
39 North Carolina
$26,230
$18,700 12,070
40 Pennsylvania
$26,020
$18,510 14,730
41 Missouri
$25,200
$17,810 4,870
42 Arizona
$24,790
$18,290 7,170
43 Tennessee
$24,770
$17,000 6,570
44 Ohio
$24,610
$18,450 12,160
45 Utah
$24,570
$17,830 960
46 Florida
$24,540
$18,540 19,160
47 South Carolina
$24,530
$16,890 4,610
48 Wisconsin
$24,140
$18,410 10,120
49 Kansas
$24,040
$17,400 2,300
50 Iowa
$23,770
$17,360 3,830
51 Indiana
$23,370
$17,200 5,080
52 Alabama
$23,300
$16,910 1,550
53 Puerto Rico
$21,620
$16,820 2,890
54 Idaho
$21,300
$16,370 1,130
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