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Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of preschool and kindergarten teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of preschool and kindergarten teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of preschool and kindergarten teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The preschool and kindergarten teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,290
25th Percentile Wage
$24,720
50th Percentile Wage
$34,010
75th Percentile Wage
$49,880
90th Percentile Wage
$66,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for preschool and kindergarten teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) preschool and kindergarten teachers is $66,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,290. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 228% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of preschool and kindergarten teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201634,010-0.94%2.85%
201534,3300.67%-
201434,1002.05%-
201333,4001.08%-
201233,040--

Table 2. Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of preschool and kindergarten teachers in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for preschool and kindergarten teachers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $50,510. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $26,850).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$50,510
Federal, State, and Local Government
$33,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,430
Manufacturing
$30,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,900
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$27,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,960
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,890
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,850



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