Early Childhood Education Jobs in Illinois

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Illinois is sometimes called a microcosm of the entire country, with its diverse population and landscapes, and there’s also a mix of salaries for early childhood education jobs. Preschool and child care education administrators can find good pay rates, with the average being about $45,000. Chicago and Rockford tend to offer competitive salaries for early childhood education positions, especially for special education teachers and child care workers. Kindergarten and preschool teachers, though, may have a harder time finding positions that pay as well as many other states.

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Illinois Salary Rankings

#10

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#11

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#11

in the US for Childcare Workers

#13

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

#27

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#30

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Illinois

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 17,030 $21,240 check109%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 16,870 $24,450 eks90%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14,580 $48,930 check118%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 10,690 $57,090 check106%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6,150 $46,240 eks92%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 2,280 $45,680 check104%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 440 $58,090 check111%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 12,140 $22,020 check113%
St. Louis, MO-IL 7,730 $19,170 eks98%
Peoria, IL 660 $19,500 eks100%
Rockford, IL 550 $19,080 eks98%
Bloomington-Normal, IL 420 $19,520 eks100%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 370 $18,640 eks96%
Springfield, IL 350 $19,110 eks98%
Champaign-Urbana, IL 330 $19,270 eks99%
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 150 $20,340 check104%
Danville, IL 110 $19,320 eks99%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 100 $20,220 check104%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 1,800 $47,790 check109%
St. Louis, MO-IL 520 $37,750 eks86%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 80 $30,330 eks69%
Bloomington-Normal, IL 30 $63,180 check144%
Peoria, IL 30 $43,260 eks98%
Rockford, IL 30 $35,940 eks82%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 3,910 $46,220 eks92%
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,180 $49,900 eks100%
Rockford, IL 250 $58,760 check117%
Peoria, IL 210 $30,830 eks62%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 210 $48,700 eks97%
Springfield, IL 200 $42,560 eks85%
Champaign-Urbana, IL 130 $46,650 eks93%
Bloomington-Normal, IL 110 $53,100 check106%
Decatur, IL 90 $54,880 check109%
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 50 $40,000 eks80%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 30 $38,410 eks77%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 13,040 $24,540 eks90%
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,230 $23,800 eks88%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 580 $21,770 eks80%
Champaign-Urbana, IL 420 $22,670 eks84%
Peoria, IL 360 $23,410 eks86%
Rockford, IL 330 $23,710 eks87%
Bloomington-Normal, IL 320 $25,250 eks93%
Springfield, IL 230 $25,490 eks94%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 200 $18,500 eks68%
Decatur, IL 130 $24,110 eks89%
Danville, IL 110 $25,700 eks95%
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 90 $26,490 eks98%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 7,250 $63,300 check118%
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,460 $52,690 eks98%
Rockford, IL 710 $54,530 check101%
Peoria, IL 330 $46,640 eks87%
Springfield, IL 210 $44,860 eks83%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 170 $49,200 eks91%
Bloomington-Normal, IL 160 $51,220 eks95%
Champaign-Urbana, IL 140 $43,770 eks81%
Danville, IL 40 $48,750 eks91%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 30 $42,250 eks79%
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
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 350 $58,990 check112%
St. Louis, MO-IL 150 $37,670 eks72%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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