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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth. Excludes “Special Education Teachers” (25-2050), “Substitute Teachers, Short-Term” (25-3031), and “Childcare Workers” (39-9011).


National estimates for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Industry profile for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Geographic profile for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

National estimates for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
391,670 1.3 % $ 17.53 $ 36,460 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.98 $ 13.67 $ 14.52 $ 18.57 $ 28.14
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,840 $ 28,440 $ 30,210 $ 38,620 $ 58,530


Industry profile for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 273,430 33.98 $ 15.39 $ 32,020
Elementary and Secondary Schools 71,730 0.89 $ 25.20 $ 52,420
Individual and Family Services 13,330 0.50 $ 18.15 $ 37,750
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,600 0.12 $ 20.10 $ 41,820
Religious Organizations 5,970 3.33 $ 18.06 $ 37,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 273,430 33.98 $ 15.39 $ 32,020
Religious Organizations 5,970 3.33 $ 18.06 $ 37,560
Civic and Social Organizations 3,920 1.50 $ 16.81 $ 34,970
Elementary and Secondary Schools 71,730 0.89 $ 25.20 $ 52,420
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,790 0.80 $ 17.74 $ 36,900

Top paying industries for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 40 0.05 $ 25.40 $ 52,820
Elementary and Secondary Schools 71,730 0.89 $ 25.20 $ 52,420
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 90 0.01 $ 24.98 $ 51,970
Junior Colleges 1,150 0.19 $ 24.62 $ 51,200
Outpatient Care Centers 180 0.02 $ 20.95 $ 43,570


Geographic profile for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of preschool teachers, except special education by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 50,330 3.05 1.10 $ 20.29 $ 42,210
Texas 33,440 2.74 0.98 $ 17.68 $ 36,760
Florida 25,900 3.01 1.08 $ 14.37 $ 29,890
Illinois 19,610 3.49 1.26 $ 17.23 $ 35,840
New York 19,480 2.25 0.81 $ 21.10 $ 43,880


Map of location quotient of preschool teachers, except special education by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 2,810 4.43 1.59 $ 15.97 $ 33,210
New Jersey 16,890 4.39 1.58 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
Vermont 1,210 4.28 1.54 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Delaware 1,720 3.95 1.42 $ 14.02 $ 29,150
Connecticut 6,190 3.93 1.41 $ 17.78 $ 36,980


Map of annual mean wages of preschool teachers, except special education by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,240 3.39 1.22 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
New Jersey 16,890 4.39 1.58 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
New York 19,480 2.25 0.81 $ 21.10 $ 43,880
Massachusetts 12,580 3.70 1.33 $ 21.01 $ 43,710
California 50,330 3.05 1.10 $ 20.29 $ 42,210



Map of employment of preschool teachers, except special education by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 27,430 3.16 1.14 $ 21.78 $ 45,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,260 2.84 1.02 $ 20.02 $ 41,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 15,230 3.60 1.29 $ 17.62 $ 36,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,630 4.11 1.48 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 10,570 3.98 1.43 $ 16.69 $ 34,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 10,490 3.58 1.29 $ 21.04 $ 43,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 9,660 4.31 1.55 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,270 3.20 1.15 $ 17.91 $ 37,240
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,160 2.55 0.92 $ 16.87 $ 35,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,780 3.72 1.34 $ 18.29 $ 38,040


Map of location quotient of preschool teachers, except special education by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Goldsboro, NC 280 7.20 2.59 $ 12.58 $ 26,170
Auburn-Opelika, AL 420 7.06 2.54 $ 11.29 $ 23,490
Jonesboro, AR 380 6.77 2.43 $ 16.25 $ 33,810
Jacksonville, NC 300 6.21 2.23 $ 13.43 $ 27,940
New Bedford, MA 370 5.97 2.15 $ 18.87 $ 39,250
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 290 5.81 2.09 $ 15.98 $ 33,230
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 340 5.75 2.07 $ 23.83 $ 49,560
Sebring, FL 140 5.55 2.00 $ 12.09 $ 25,150
Champaign-Urbana, IL 540 5.51 1.98 $ 15.83 $ 32,930
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,920 5.11 1.84 $ 18.57 $ 38,630