Early Childhood Education Jobs in Florida

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While Florida is known as the sunshine state and home to the “happiest place on Earth,” salaries for early childhood education jobs seem to be in the shade. Preschool education administrators in the state can boast the highest average pay in the nation, at almost $60,000. Preschool teachers, including special education, have mediocre average salaries, except in Lakeland and Naples. Kindergarten teachers and elementary special education teachers, however, may have a hard time finding competitive wages in this state.

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Florida Salary Rankings

#1

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#25

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#26

in the US for Childcare Workers

#32

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#34

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#39

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

Early Childhood Jobs in Florida

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 36,550 $18,960 eks97%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 18,370 $23,820 eks88%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 10,050 $44,640 eks89%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 8,900 $46,280 eks86%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,270 $38,510 eks93%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,400 $46,750 eks89%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 470 $59,960 check136%
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
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 11,640 $18,620 eks95%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 5,900 $18,600 eks95%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,690 $19,520 eks100%
Jacksonville, FL 2,970 $19,030 eks98%
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 1,040 $18,810 eks96%
Port St. Lucie, FL 1,000 $20,060 check103%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 970 $20,790 check107%
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 970 $19,160 eks98%
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 900 $18,840 eks97%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 890 $21,850 check112%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 760 $21,600 check111%
Tallahassee, FL 670 $18,530 eks95%
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 530 $18,220 eks93%
Naples-Marco Island, FL 520 $20,290 check104%
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 370 $18,370 eks94%
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 260 $19,060 eks98%
Palm Coast, FL 130 $21,180 check109%
Punta Gorda, FL 120 $19,500 eks100%
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
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 210 $59,710 check136%
Jacksonville, FL 60 $57,020 check130%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 $87,620 check199%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 40 $57,260 check130%
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
Jacksonville, FL 990 $46,970 eks94%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 380 $44,130 eks88%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 370 $38,020 eks76%
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 360 $46,480 eks93%
Tallahassee, FL 220 $42,460 eks85%
Port St. Lucie, FL 190 $37,330 eks74%
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 160 $42,330 eks84%
Gainesville, FL 160 $35,900 eks72%
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 $39,650 eks79%
Palm Coast, FL 60 $45,740 eks91%
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
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 5,830 $25,410 eks94%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,420 $22,430 eks83%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,280 $26,730 eks99%
Jacksonville, FL 1,410 $22,940 eks85%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 540 $23,080 eks85%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 510 $22,000 eks81%
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 480 $25,870 eks95%
Ocala, FL 470 $20,900 eks77%
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 410 $21,020 eks77%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 330 $27,580 check102%
Gainesville, FL 320 $19,830 eks73%
Tallahassee, FL 270 $26,070 eks96%
Naples-Marco Island, FL 260 $27,440 check101%
Port St. Lucie, FL 230 $24,110 eks89%
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 200 $18,770 eks69%
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 180 $22,710 eks84%
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 130 $19,650 eks72%
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
Jacksonville, FL 780 $51,330 eks95%
Tallahassee, FL 430 $44,240 eks82%
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 380 $44,960 eks84%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 280 $42,860 eks80%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 90 $52,930 eks98%
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 40 $41,120 eks76%
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
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 90 $43,590 eks83%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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