Early Childhood Education Jobs in Alaska
For Alaska’s aspiring early childhood educators, there’s a couple of good reasons why there’s plenty to look forward to. First, this state continues to rank among the top in the nation for teacher salaries. At more than $36,000 annually, early childhood educators in Alaska are earning about $2,000 more than the national average. And second, Alaska’s continued struggles to meet the demand for early childhood educators, particularly in rural parts of the state, means job opportunities are abundant and continuing to grow.
- Rasmussen College - Online 9-month ECE Certificate, Online Bachelor’s in ECE Leadership
USC Rossier - Online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
- Fordham University - Online Master of Science in Teaching
- USC - Master's in School Counseling Online
- NYU - Master’s Degree in School Counseling Online
- Vanderbilt Peabody College - Online Master’s with School Counseling
- Capella University - Online Master's in Early Childhood Education
- Concordia University - Online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education
Alaska Salary Rankings
in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool
in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
in the US for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
in the US for Childcare Workers
in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare
Early Childhood Jobs in Alaska
Explore the early childhood educator job openings posted almost anywhere in Alaska and you’ll quickly find that salaries here trump the national average in most categories. Most notable are the earnings among special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings, with teachers in both these areas earning nearly $10,000 more annually than the national average.
|Occupation||Total Employed||Median Annual Salary||% of US Median|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||~1,500||$48,970||98%|
|Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School||640||$72,770||115%|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||940||$36,210||102%|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||200||$62,660||107%|
|Special Education Teachers, Preschool||90||$65,500||106%|
|Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare||140||$57,760||107%|
|= Salary below nat’l. avg. = Salary above nat’l. avg.|
The Alaska nonmetropolitan region was among the top-paying non-metro areas in the nation for kindergarten teachers, with an average annual salary of $66,040, while special education teachers in preschools here earn an average of $61,440.
Childcare Workers – Childcare workers in Alaska earn $27,900 on average – that’s about $3,000 more than the national average. There are currently 1,880 childcare workers employed in Alaska.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers – The roughly 1500 child, family, and social workers in Alaska earn an average of $48,970, a salary that is quite close to the national average.
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Kindergarten teachers in Alaska enjoy an average salary of $62,660, or about $4,000 more than the national average. The number employed in this field total 200.
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – Like many other professions in early childhood education, preschool teachers in Alaska earn a salary that beats the national average. With average earnings of $36,210, preschool teachers here make about $2,000 more than the national average. There are 940 preschool teachers working in Alaska – nearly five times the number working at the kindergarten level.
Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – Alaska’s special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings earn $72,770 on average, nearly $10,000 more than the nation average.With 640 of these professionals working here, there are more special education teachers at this level than in any other educational settings in the state. In comparison, there are just 270 working in middle schools and 430 in high school settings.
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – Education administrators in preschool and childcare settings earn an average salary of $57,760, or about $4,000 more than the national average. There are 140 of these professionals working in Alaska.
Special Education Teachers, Preschool – Alaska’s special education teachers in preschool settings earn an average annual salary of $65,500, or about $7,000 more than the national average. There are currently just 90 people in Alaska working in this highly specialized role.
City-Level Job Stats
While there were more than ten times the number of preschool teachers in Anchorage than Fairbanks, Fairbanks preschool teachers earned about $7,000 more annually than their counterparts down south.
- Anchorage – 690 licensed teachers with an average salary of $33,750
- Fairbanks – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $40,800
Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School
- Fairbanks – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $68,470
Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare
- Anchorage – 70 administrators with an average salary of $60,090
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000.
BLS salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.