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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 $37,480, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for preschool teachers, except special education. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $37,310). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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 District of Columbia
$37,480
$27,980 1,320
2 Hawaii
$37,310
$25,760 1,620
3 Nebraska
$36,120
$21,340 1,090
4 Louisiana
$35,510
$19,110 2,420
5 New York
$34,620
$20,450 34,110
6 Connecticut
$34,480
$22,270 5,490
7 California
$33,670
$23,590 51,990
8 Massachusetts
$32,680
$24,100 16,390
9 Virginia
$32,440
$20,630 9,730
10 New Jersey
$32,380
$21,360 14,960
11 Kentucky
$32,220
$19,370 3,170
12 Minnesota
$31,060
$22,960 7,610
13 Maine
$31,040
$25,600 1,270
14 Alaska
$30,820
$24,350 660
15 Washington
$30,550
$23,820 8,830
16 Rhode Island
$30,320
$21,460 1,260
17 Vermont
$30,310
$23,240 1,040
18 Wyoming
$29,810
$17,480 900
19 Arkansas
$29,650
$18,610 3,240
20 Guam
$29,490
$18,310 80
21 Maryland
$29,450
$21,050 10,000
22 Michigan
$28,990
$19,920 9,340
23 Montana
$28,910
$19,030 1,100
24 Colorado
$28,870
$20,390 8,750
25 Oklahoma
$28,830
$17,430 5,530
26 South Dakota
$28,790
$22,640 1,310
27 New Hampshire
$28,610
$21,390 3,120
28 Oregon
$28,500
$21,710 7,120
29 Illinois
$28,380
$19,740 20,620
30 North Dakota
$28,250
$20,300 850
31 Georgia
$27,910
$18,280 15,300
32 Arizona
$27,910
$20,820 6,160
33 Mississippi
$27,330
$17,050 2,500
34 Texas
$27,240
$17,970 34,950
35 Pennsylvania
$27,020
$19,490 14,110
36 Kansas
$26,920
$18,240 2,260
37 New Mexico
$26,820
$19,120 2,460
38 Utah
$26,590
$20,110 1,380
39 West Virginia
$26,350
$19,890 1,770
40 Delaware
$26,070
$19,970 2,280
41 North Carolina
$25,880
$18,100 15,990
42 Tennessee
$25,580
$17,830 6,860
43 Virgin Islands
$25,290
$18,700 180
44 Missouri
$25,020
$18,360 5,050
45 Nevada
$24,980
$19,970 1,330
46 Ohio
$24,550
$18,550 13,670
47 Florida
$24,350
$18,490 21,380
48 Indiana
$24,240
$17,920 5,570
49 Wisconsin
$24,200
$18,880 9,700
50 Iowa
$23,130
$16,940 4,330
51 South Carolina
$23,060
$16,680 5,040
52 Alabama
$22,830
$16,780 1,790
53 Idaho
$22,350
$17,020 1,030
54 Puerto Rico
$21,380
$16,850 2,990
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