The State of the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative is designed to sustain attention to persistently low pay and inadequate professional support for the early care and education workforce. The Initiative will provide state-by-state data and policy analysis on the status of early education jobs, track progress made, and chart innovative solutions for preparing, supporting, and compensating the educators of our youngest children now and in years to come.

Explore our interactive map to see the latest state-by-state variations in hourly wages for early education staff.

Mean Hourly Wages by State for Early Childhood Teachers

 

 

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District of Colombia
STATE: District of Colombia

Child Care Workers

$12.73 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$17.08 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.63 Mean Hourly Wage
Hawaii
STATE: Hawaii

Child Care Workers

$9.34 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.39 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.04 Mean Hourly Wage
Alaska
STATE: Alaska

Child Care Workers

$12.06 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$18.28 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$31.91 Mean Hourly Wage
New York
STATE: New York

Child Care Workers

$12.37 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$20.28 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$32.21 Mean Hourly Wage
Michigan
STATE: Michigan

Child Care Workers

$10.28 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.62 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$27.50 Mean Hourly Wage
Ohio
STATE: Ohio

Child Care Workers

$10.37 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.82 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$26.36 Mean Hourly Wage
North Carolina
STATE: North Carolina

Child Care Workers

$9.87 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.55 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$19.84 Mean Hourly Wage
Rhode Island
STATE: Rhode Island

Child Care Workers

$10.90 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.86 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$30.91 Mean Hourly Wage
Connecticut
STATE: Connecticut

Child Care Workers

$11.16 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$17.36 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$33.88 Mean Hourly Wage
Massachusetts
STATE: Massachusetts

Child Care Workers

$12.45 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$17.42 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$31.56 Mean Hourly Wage
Delaware
STATE: Delaware

Child Care Workers

$10.35 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$11.85 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$28.13 Mean Hourly Wage
New Jersey
STATE: New Jersey

Child Care Workers

$11.48 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$18.37 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$30.19 Mean Hourly Wage
Maryland
STATE: Maryland

Child Care Workers

$10.85 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.15 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$25.93 Mean Hourly Wage
New Hampshire
STATE: New Hampshire

Child Care Workers

$10.46 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.54 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.00 Mean Hourly Wage
Maine
STATE: Maine

Child Care Workers

$10.23 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.10 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.46 Mean Hourly Wage
Vermont
STATE: Vermont

Child Care Workers

$11.57 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.28 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$25.92 Mean Hourly Wage
Pennsylvania
STATE: Pennsylvania

Child Care Workers

$9.87 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.20 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$26.48 Mean Hourly Wage
West Virginia
STATE: West Virginia

Child Care Workers

$8.91 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.28 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.62 Mean Hourly Wage
Virginia
STATE: Virginia

Child Care Workers

$10.11 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$17.20 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$28.25 Mean Hourly Wage
South Carolina
STATE: South Carolina

Child Care Workers

$8.88 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.65 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.80 Mean Hourly Wage
Florida
STATE: Florida

Child Care Workers

$9.99 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.59 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.35 Mean Hourly Wage
Georgia
STATE: Georgia

Child Care Workers

$9.77 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.07 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$25.88 Mean Hourly Wage
Alabama
STATE: Alabama

Child Care Workers

$8.81 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.32 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.89 Mean Hourly Wage
Kentucky
STATE: Kentucky

Child Care Workers

$9.51 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$18.11 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$24.89 Mean Hourly Wage
Indiana
STATE: Indiana

Child Care Workers

$9.53 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.27 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.31 Mean Hourly Wage
Wisconsin
STATE: Wisconsin

Child Care Workers

$10.21 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.93 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$24.90 Mean Hourly Wage
Illinois
STATE: Illinois

Child Care Workers

$11.10 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.67 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$24.82 Mean Hourly Wage
Tennessee
STATE: Tennessee

Child Care Workers

$9.58 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.34 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.71 Mean Hourly Wage
Mississippi
STATE: Mississippi

Child Care Workers

$8.80 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.60 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$19.45 Mean Hourly Wage
Louisiana
STATE: Louisiana

Child Care Workers

$8.94 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.77 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.42 Mean Hourly Wage
Arkansas
STATE: Arkansas

Child Care Workers

$8.70 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.17 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.84 Mean Hourly Wage
Missouri
STATE: Missouri

Child Care Workers

$9.62 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.01 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.22 Mean Hourly Wage
Iowa
STATE: Iowa

Child Care Workers

$8.92 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.02 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.09 Mean Hourly Wage
Minnesota
STATE: Minnesota

Child Care Workers

$10.93 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.69 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$27.07 Mean Hourly Wage
Texas
STATE: Texas

Child Care Workers

$9.49 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.99 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$24.02 Mean Hourly Wage
Oklahoma
STATE: Oklahoma

Child Care Workers

$9.26 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.02 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$19.82 Mean Hourly Wage
Kansas
STATE: Kansas

Child Care Workers

$9.64 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.80 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.91 Mean Hourly Wage
Nebraska
STATE: Nebraska

Child Care Workers

$9.29 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.07 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$22.71 Mean Hourly Wage
New Mexico
STATE: New Mexico

Child Care Workers

$9.23 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.80 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.97 Mean Hourly Wage
Colorado
STATE: Colorado

Child Care Workers

$11.75 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$15.22 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.90 Mean Hourly Wage
South Dakota
STATE: South Dakota

Child Care Workers

$9.05 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.11 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$19.33 Mean Hourly Wage
North Dakota
STATE: North Dakota

Child Care Workers

$9.71 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.66 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.35 Mean Hourly Wage
Wyoming
STATE: Wyoming

Child Care Workers

$10.50 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.15 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$26.81 Mean Hourly Wage
Utah
STATE: Utah

Child Care Workers

$10.34 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.24 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.01 Mean Hourly Wage
Arizona
STATE: Arizona

Child Care Workers

$9.93 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.33 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$20.29 Mean Hourly Wage
Nevada
STATE: Nevada

Child Care Workers

$10.51 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.91 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$23.77 Mean Hourly Wage
Montana
STATE: Montana

Child Care Workers

$10.02 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.09 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.40 Mean Hourly Wage
Idaho
STATE: Idaho

Child Care Workers

$9.07 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$12.49 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$21.57 Mean Hourly Wage
Washington
STATE: Washington

Child Care Workers

$11.36 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$13.92 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$25.94 Mean Hourly Wage
Oregon
STATE: Oregon

Child Care Workers

$11.35 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$14.61 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$27.06 Mean Hourly Wage
California
STATE: California

Child Care Workers

$11.93 Mean Hourly Wage

Preschool Teachers

$16.38 Mean Hourly Wage

Kindergarten Teachers1

$30.65 Mean Hourly Wage

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Data, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor: http://stats.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

1 Hourly wages for kindergarten teachers were calculated by dividing the annual mean salary by 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

 

Stay tuned for additional data to come, including state-level details on the status of the ECE workforce, early care and education workforce policy, and broader support for workers and families. A full report will be released in June 2016.