Early Childhood Education Jobs in Hawaii

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Working in early childhood education in Hawaii you’ll soon discover there is a big upside to teaching here that goes beyond the unique opportunity you’ll have to teach and mentor a diverse student population – you’ll also be counted among the top earning early childhood educators in the nation! In fact, everyone from childcare workers to preschool teachers to child, family, and school social workers here all enjoy average salaries that far exceed the national average.

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

With average salaries for Hawaii’s preschool teachers about $5,000 more than the national average, it’s no surprise that these professionals rank fifth in the nation in terms of annual pay. Other related profession here also come out on top, including child, family and school social workers and childcare workers.

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

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [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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