Early Childhood Education Jobs in California

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The Golden State offers some of the most competitive salaries in the country. Pay for elementary special education teachers, child care workers, and kindergarten teachers ranks #4 in the country. Preschool teachers enjoy an average salary of about $30,000, well above the national average. Many of the major cities in California, like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento, offer higher pay, but they also have a high cost of living.

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California Salary Rankings

#4

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

#4

in the US for Childcare Workers

#4

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#8

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#8

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#12

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Early Childhood Jobs in California

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 56,220 $23,000 check118%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 47,630 $30,710 check113%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 27,040 $47,460 check114%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 18,600 $64,830 check129%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 13,340 $66,650 check124%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 7,120 $50,180 check114%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,810 $57,290 check109%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

City-Level Job Stats

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Statistics for Childcare Workers

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 19,640 $23,840 check122%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 6,240 $23,490 check120%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,110 $22,180 check114%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 4,960 $22,940 check118%
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 3,100 $20,730 check106%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,990 $28,350 check145%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,640 $22,730 check117%
Fresno, CA 1,470 $20,250 check104%
Stockton, CA 1,350 $20,700 check106%
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,040 $21,350 check109%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 930 $24,900 check128%
Modesto, CA 820 $19,360 eks99%
Visalia-Porterville, CA 780 $26,130 check134%
Salinas, CA 630 $23,320 check120%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 630 $22,270 check114%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 520 $26,180 check134%
Merced, CA 500 $19,000 eks97%
El Centro, CA 480 $18,680 eks96%
Redding, CA 430 $21,590 check111%
Chico, CA 380 $21,020 check108%
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 330 $22,510 check115%
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 210 $20,810 check107%
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 200 $19,510 eks100%
Yuba City, CA 160 $23,530 check121%
Napa, CA 100 $28,360 check145%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Statistics for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 2,150 $53,480 check122%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 1,260 $49,850 check113%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 720 $57,440 check131%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 570 $48,970 check111%
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 510 $44,180 check101%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 360 $50,140 check114%
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 190 $29,210 eks66%
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 180 $45,160 check103%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 170 $61,870 check141%
Salinas, CA 130 $47,370 check108%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 120 $49,060 check112%
Fresno, CA 120 $34,020 eks77%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 $38,550 eks88%
Stockton, CA 50 $59,430 check135%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 50 $57,830 check132%
Modesto, CA 40 $39,800 eks91%
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 40 $41,800 eks95%
Chico, CA 40 $43,640 eks99%
Napa, CA 30 $44,640 check102%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Statistics for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 4,860 $69,870 check139%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,250 $64,760 check129%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 1,640 $61,440 check123%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,590 $57,530 check115%
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 1,370 $64,000 check128%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,330 $64,540 check129%
Fresno, CA 660 $60,300 check120%
Stockton, CA 540 $67,780 check135%
Visalia-Porterville, CA 520 $64,720 check129%
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 480 $69,760 check139%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 460 $65,110 check130%
Modesto, CA 350 $73,630 check147%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 270 $66,600 check133%
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 250 $44,230 eks88%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 240 $60,920 check122%
Salinas, CA 210 $59,410 check119%
Merced, CA 200 $67,020 check134%
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 140 $58,600 check117%
Yuba City, CA 130 $63,050 check126%
Redding, CA 130 $65,300 check130%
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 120 $51,790 check103%
El Centro, CA 110 $65,940 check132%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 90 $60,310 check120%
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 90 $68,100 check136%
Chico, CA 80 $62,290 check124%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Statistics for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 16,340 $29,660 check109%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 8,880 $33,390 check123%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 4,390 $31,230 check115%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,150 $30,060 check111%
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 3,050 $26,970 eks99%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,000 $36,290 check134%
Fresno, CA 1,350 $25,840 eks95%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,100 $32,490 check120%
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 970 $28,610 check105%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 600 $33,840 check125%
Stockton, CA 580 $25,500 eks94%
Modesto, CA 400 $23,810 eks88%
Salinas, CA 360 $31,940 check118%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 330 $28,510 check105%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 320 $35,390 check130%
Chico, CA 290 $25,150 eks93%
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 280 $29,130 check107%
Visalia-Porterville, CA 260 $31,570 check116%
Redding, CA 240 $24,620 eks91%
Napa, CA 220 $33,470 check123%
Merced, CA 160 $39,470 check145%
Yuba City, CA 150 $29,320 check108%
El Centro, CA 70 $29,360 check108%
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 $23,740 eks88%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Statistics for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 3,880 $70,420 check131%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,990 $72,510 check135%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 1,920 $57,500 check107%
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 1,010 $64,980 check121%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 690 $62,700 check116%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 620 $66,190 check123%
Fresno, CA 380 $68,090 check127%
Stockton, CA 370 $61,550 check114%
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 340 $57,260 check106%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 200 $67,590 check126%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 190 $69,220 check129%
Visalia-Porterville, CA 150 $73,740 check137%
Modesto, CA 130 $67,280 check125%
Salinas, CA 120 $70,480 check131%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 120 $70,300 check131%
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 100 $65,300 check121%
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 $74,200 check138%
Yuba City, CA 100 $62,710 check117%
Chico, CA 90 $71,040 check132%
Redding, CA 80 $54,540 check101%
El Centro, CA 50 $68,960 check128%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Statistics for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Location Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 640 $51,460 eks98%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 250 $68,370 check130%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 120 $74,530 check142%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 $66,440 check127%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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