Early Childhood Education Jobs in Georgia

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Georgia is a great state to laze around, eat peaches, and find a job in early childhood education, but only for certain specialties. The state sports competitive salaries for kindergarten teachers in most major urban and suburban centers. Special education teachers may also find work with competitive pay, primarily in areas like Savannah and Rome. Child care workers don’t fare as well, with the average salary below the national average at about $18,000.

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Georgia Salary Rankings

#17

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#18

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#19

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

#21

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#22

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#34

in the US for Childcare Workers

Early Childhood Jobs in Georgia

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 21,240 $18,430 eks94%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 11,040 $27,750 check102%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 7,070 $52,460 eks97%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 5,910 $35,540 eks86%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 5,900 $51,840 check103%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 1,470 $41,600 eks95%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 270 $52,570 eks100%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 13,330 $18,930 eks97%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,100 $17,860 eks92%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,040 $17,490 eks90%
Savannah, GA 840 $17,640 eks90%
Columbus, GA-AL 650 $17,590 eks90%
Athens-Clarke County, GA 490 $19,070 eks98%
Macon, GA 440 $17,710 eks91%
Gainesville, GA 320 $17,720 eks91%
Albany, GA 300 $17,480 eks90%
Brunswick, GA 270 $18,340 eks94%
Valdosta, GA 260 $17,690 eks91%
Warner Robins, GA 250 $17,400 eks89%
Dalton, GA 240 $18,750 eks96%
Rome, GA 130 $17,420 eks89%
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 120 $17,530 eks90%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 980 $40,020 eks91%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 90 $34,000 eks77%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 60 $58,360 check133%
Macon, GA 30 $35,940 eks82%
Gainesville, GA 30 $36,990 eks84%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,730 $49,450 eks99%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 370 $52,320 check104%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 350 $52,240 check104%
Columbus, GA-AL 260 $55,270 check110%
Savannah, GA 190 $51,910 check104%
Athens-Clarke County, GA 130 $53,230 check106%
Dalton, GA 110 $52,680 check105%
Albany, GA 110 $53,290 check106%
Rome, GA 100 $56,860 check113%
Valdosta, GA 80 $48,640 eks97%
Brunswick, GA 70 $54,240 check108%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,500 $27,220 eks100%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 480 $22,900 eks84%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 450 $22,530 eks83%
Savannah, GA 360 $34,710 check128%
Macon, GA 360 $19,860 eks73%
Columbus, GA-AL 300 $18,980 eks70%
Albany, GA 260 $22,810 eks84%
Warner Robins, GA 230 $19,620 eks72%
Gainesville, GA 200 $25,690 eks95%
Valdosta, GA 160 $25,160 eks93%
Rome, GA 120 $47,840 check176%
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 120 $36,650 check135%
Dalton, GA 110 $20,730 eks76%
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 $27,210 eks100%
Brunswick, GA 60 $42,900 check158%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,330 $53,280 eks99%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 380 $45,840 eks85%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 370 $55,920 check104%
Columbus, GA-AL 200 $48,360 eks90%
Athens-Clarke County, GA 190 $53,040 eks99%
Albany, GA 130 $54,040 eks100%
Dalton, GA 110 $52,890 eks98%
Rome, GA 90 $63,590 check118%
Macon, GA 90 $46,800 eks87%
Brunswick, GA 70 $52,230 eks97%
Savannah, GA 50 $55,610 check103%
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 40 $48,320 eks90%
Valdosta, GA 30 $51,770 eks96%
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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 200 $52,680 eks100%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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