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Instructing very young children isn’t as lucrative as teaching preteens or teenagers. A preschool teacher earned a median salary of $27,130 in 2012. The profession’s top salaries were more than $48,660 a year, while the lowest salaries were near $18,000. Smaller cities near the East Coast tend to pay preschool teachers more. Vineland, N.J., leads the list of top-paying metropolitan areas.

Job Salary Year
2004 $36,420.00
2006 $38,000.00
2008 $37,410.00
2010 $41,400.00
2012 $30,750.00

Average Preschool Teacher Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Teaching the next generation can be rewarding in an intangible sense, but salary-wise, it’s not the most lucrative social service job. Elementary school teachers ($56,130) and middle school teachers ($56,280) both earned average salaries in 2012 that were higher than preschool teachers, who earned an average of $30,750. Salaries for preschool educators are more on par with those of sports coaches and recreation and fitness workers, who took home an average of $36,680 and $36,900, respectively.

Job Name Salary
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Recreation and Fitness Worker $31,720.00
Sports Coach $28,360.00
Preschool Teacher $27,130.00

Best Paying Cities for Preschool Teachers

The highest paid in the preschool teacher profession work in the metropolitan areas of Vineland, N.J., Flint, Mich., and Leominster, Mass. The New York City area also pays well, as does the city of Lebanon, Pa.

Vineland, N.J.

Average Salary: $51,350 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a preschool teacher working in Vineland, N.J. is $51,350, which is $24,220 more than the average pay in the profession.

Flint, Mich.

Average Salary: $49,400 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a preschool teacher working in Flint, Mich. is $49,400, which is $22,270 more than the average pay in the profession.

Leominster, Mass.

Average Salary: $48,750 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a preschool teacher working in Leominster, Mass. is $48,750, which is $21,620 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $46,750 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a preschool teacher working in New York City is $46,750, which is $19,620 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lebanon, Pa.

Average Salary: $45,170 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a preschool teacher working in Lebanon, Pa. is $45,170, which is $18,040 more than the average pay in the profession.

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