Early Childhood Education Jobs in Hawaii

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Education leaders and policymakers in Idaho aren’t content sitting on their laurels when it comes to the state’s earliest learners, which is why a number of measures aimed at expanding access to early learning are now being considered.

Just a few of the initiatives being considered in the state legislature include expanding public school to children as young as four years old and increasing funding for Idaho’s K3 literacy initiative (which some administrators plan to use to create all-day kindergarten programs). Idaho Governor Brad Little has also developed a K-12 task force, which will deliver recommendations for early childhood learning before the 2020 legislative session.

These potential changes in Idaho’s early childhood learning system, combined with the newly signed House Bill 153 which will increase starting teacher salaries by $5,000 through 2021, are making right now the perfect time to pursue a career in early childhood education.

Hawaii Salary Rankings

#5

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#34

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

#13

in the US for Childcare Workers

#50

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Hawaii

The signing of House Bill 153 is great news for the state’s early childhood educators. While salaries in Idaho have fallen short when compared to neighboring states in the West, like Oregon and Washington, a lower cost of living in the Gem State means salaries here are more competitive than they might seem at first glance. Top earners in the broader sphere of ECE include child, family, and school social workers, who earn an average of $52,110, followed closely by kindergarten teachers, who earn $50,790 on average.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 1,790 $26,090 check106%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 1,750 $56,030 check113%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1,420 $39,560 check115%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,770 $54,000 eks86%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education $36,170 check138%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – Hawaii’s 1,790 childcare workers earn an average salary of $26,090 – that’s about $2,000 more than the national average. The number of jobs for childcare workers here is projected to rise by 5.7% through 2026.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – There are 1,750 child, family, and school social workers in Hawaii who earn an average salary of $56,030, which works out to about $7,000 more than the national average. Jobs in Hawaii for these specialized social workers are projected to increase by 9.5% through 2026.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Hawaii’s kindergarten teachers earn $36,170, on average. The number of kindergarten teacher jobs in Hawaii should rise by 9.1% through 2026, which is higher than the national projected growth rate of 7% for these early childhood educators.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – The 1,420 preschool teachers in Hawaii earn, on average, $39,560, or about $5,000 more than the national average. Jobs among preschool teachers in Hawaii are expected to increase by 5.4% through 2026.

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 1,770 special education teachers working in Hawaii’s kindergarten and elementary schools. These professionals earn an average of $54,000. Jobs for these specialists working in preschool settings should increase by 7.1% through 2026.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – Hawaii’s 110 education administrators in preschool and childcare settings earn an average salary of $58,270, or just $1,000 less than the national average. Employment among Hawaii’s preschool administrators is expected to increase by 10% through 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

Work in early childhood education in Honolulu’s urban region and your paycheck will likely be larger than what you could expect to earn in other parts of the state. For example, while the state average for kindergarten teachers is just $36,170, in Honolulu it jumps to $44,870.

Preschool Teachers

  • Urban Honolulu – 1,100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $40,120
  • Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $36,890

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Urban Honolulu – 80 licensed teachers with an average salary of $44,870

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Urban Honolulu – 1,590 licensed teachers with an average salary of $53,450

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Urban Honolulu – 80 licensed teachers with an average salary of $58,810

 

2018 Occupational Employment Statistics sourced from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_hi.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.

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