Early Childhood Education Jobs in Colorado

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Colorado can be a fantastic place to live, with mountains for skiing, rivers for canoeing, and sunshine for enjoying, but it may not be the best place for competitive salaries for early childhood education jobs. Child care workers get some of the highest pay in the nation, with the average being about $22,000. For other specialties in early childhood education, the salaries are at or below the national average. Kindergarten teachers, in particular, may have a hard time finding jobs with competitive pay.

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Colorado Salary Rankings

#6

in the US for Childcare Workers

#19

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#22

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#28

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

#28

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#38

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Colorado

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 8,090 $22,730 check117%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 5,820 $27,870 check103%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 5,120 $41,900 check101%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 4,080 $49,040 eks91%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 3,710 $42,710 eks85%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 780 $48,720 eks93%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 740 $40,880 eks93%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 4,370 $24,040 check123%
Boulder, CO 850 $20,640 check106%
Colorado Springs, CO 720 $19,310 eks99%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 420 $20,860 check107%
Pueblo, CO 230 $18,820 eks96%
Grand Junction, CO 120 $21,310 check109%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 380 $40,640 eks92%
Colorado Springs, CO 100 $39,550 eks90%
Boulder, CO 70 $42,570 eks97%
Greeley, CO 40 $41,170 eks94%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,020 $44,530 eks89%
Colorado Springs, CO 520 $38,870 eks78%
Greeley, CO 230 $36,740 eks73%
Boulder, CO 190 $50,450 check101%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 190 $45,010 eks90%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,930 $28,200 check104%
Colorado Springs, CO 940 $24,530 eks90%
Boulder, CO 470 $28,560 check105%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 270 $24,460 eks90%
Greeley, CO 240 $33,120 check122%
Pueblo, CO 100 $32,570 check120%
Grand Junction, CO 70 $31,870 check117%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,730 $51,740 eks96%
Colorado Springs, CO 370 $44,410 eks83%
Boulder, CO 200 $57,000 check106%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 120 $46,380 eks86%
Greeley, CO 110 $47,080 eks87%
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
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 410 $50,520 eks96%
Colorado Springs, CO 90 $44,550 eks85%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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