Early Childhood Education Jobs in Iowa

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Iowa is the birthplace of famous actors, including Ashton Kutcher, John Wayne, and Elijah Wood, but the state doesn’t fare so well for early childhood education employees. Salaries for kindergarten teachers rank at #30 in the nation, averaging about $45,000. Davenport and Iowa City are among the best places for kindergarten teachers to find competitive pay. Incomes for many other early childhood education specialties are among the lowest in the state.

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Iowa Salary Rankings

#30

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#34

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#35

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

#41

in the US for Childcare Workers

#42

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Iowa

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 8,540 $18,120 eks93%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 4,480 $34,520 eks83%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 3,470 $23,720 eks87%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 2,150 $46,760 eks87%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,740 $45,400 eks91%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 670 $36,130 eks82%
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
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 3,360 $18,200 eks93%
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 2,450 $19,370 eks99%
Iowa City, IA 900 $17,870 eks92%
Cedar Rapids, IA 810 $17,990 eks92%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 710 $17,900 eks92%
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 390 $18,440 eks95%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 370 $18,640 eks96%
Dubuque, IA 350 $17,930 eks92%
Ames, IA 220 $17,650 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
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 160 $41,390 eks94%
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 100 $43,250 eks98%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 80 $30,330 eks69%
Cedar Rapids, IA 60 $47,980 check109%
Iowa City, IA 50 $32,930 eks75%
Ames, IA 40 $47,590 check108%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 $29,230 eks67%
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
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 490 $43,830 eks87%
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 390 $42,880 eks86%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 210 $48,700 eks97%
Cedar Rapids, IA 130 $46,450 eks93%
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 100 $44,270 eks88%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 $48,010 eks96%
Iowa City, IA 50 $49,800 eks99%
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
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 650 $23,770 eks88%
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 610 $33,500 check123%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 580 $21,770 eks80%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 300 $21,940 eks81%
Cedar Rapids, IA 290 $27,000 eks100%
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 150 $21,220 eks78%
Ames, IA 130 $23,570 eks87%
Dubuque, IA 100 $20,710 eks76%
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
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 670 $44,420 eks83%
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 410 $49,530 eks92%
Cedar Rapids, IA 180 $52,050 eks97%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 170 $49,200 eks91%
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 100 $43,050 eks80%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 100 $47,320 eks88%
Iowa City, IA 50 $47,560 eks88%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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