Preschool & kindergarten teachers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
683k
Average Age
39.4
Average Salary
$28,251
Average Male Salary
$30,319
Average Female Salary
$28,200

About

Preschool & kindergarten teachers are most often employed by the Child day care services industry. The average yearly wage for Preschool & kindergarten teachers was $28,251 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Preschool & kindergarten teachers by wage are Taxi drivers, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, and Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Preschool & kindergarten teachers are Bucks County (Southwest) PUMA, PA, Washington County PUMA, AR, and Matthews Town (South) PUMA, NC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Preschool & kindergarten teachers are Bucks County (Southwest) PUMA, PA, Troup, Meriwether & Heard Counties PUMA, GA, and Dunklin, Stoddard, New Madrid, Pemiscot & Mississippi Counties PUMA, MO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Preschool & kindergarten teachers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Child day care services is the industry that employs the most Preschool & kindergarten teachers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Preschool & kindergarten teachers, by average wage, is Elementary & secondary schools. Preschool & kindergarten teachers are paid most in Three Rivers Regional Commission (East) PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Bucks County (Southwest) PUMA, PA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$28,251
AVERAGE SALARY
± $766

In 2020, Preschool & kindergarten teachers earned an average of $28,251, $27,702 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Taxi drivers make somewhat more than Preschool & kindergarten teachers while Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Preschool & kindergarten teachers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.365
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Preschool & kindergarten teachers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.365, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Preschool & kindergarten teachers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Preschool & kindergarten teachers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Preschool & kindergarten teachers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Preschool & kindergarten teachers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Preschool & kindergarten teachers, by average wage, are Elementary & secondary schools, Community food & housing, & emergency services , and Individual & family services.

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Industries by Share

683k
2020 Workforce
± 20,246
7.82%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.96%

The number of people employed as Preschool & kindergarten teachers has been growing at a rate of 7.82%, from 633,602 people in 2019 to 683,163 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Preschool & kindergarten teachers employed by various industries. Child day care services employs the largest share of Preschool & kindergarten teachers at  72.5%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 24.5% and Religious organizations with 0.935%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Preschool & kindergarten teachers in the US. The average age of male Preschool & kindergarten teachers in the workforce is 35.7 and of female Preschool & kindergarten teachers is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Preschool & kindergarten teachers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

16.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,172
666k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 19,998

97.6% of Preschool & kindergarten teachers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Preschool & kindergarten teachers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Preschool & kindergarten teachers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

62.8% of Preschool & kindergarten teachers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15% of Preschool & kindergarten teachers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Preschool & kindergarten teachers.

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Age by Sex

35.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.52
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.407

The median age of Preschool & kindergarten teachers is 39.4, and Male employees are generally 3.85 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Preschool & kindergarten teachers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Preschool & kindergarten teachers is Education but a relatively high number of Preschool & kindergarten teachers hold a major in Human Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Preschool & kindergarten teachers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preschool & kindergarten teachers need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Preschool & kindergarten teachers need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Coordination, and Social Perceptiveness.

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