Early Childhood Education Jobs in Kansas

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With average salaries for early childhood educators landing neither at the top nor the bottom when compared to its neighboring states, Kansas is a good example of the Midwest average, which is only befitting for a state that’s located in the geographical center of the U.S.

For example, while Nebraska takes the lead when it comes to the average salary for preschool teachers, at $37,980, but Kansas is next in line with an average salary of $31,560. But include Missouri ($30,440) and Oklahoma ($29,310) in the comparison and Kansas comes out as the clear leader.

Kansas Salary Rankings

#20

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#40

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#48

in the US for Childcare Workers

#36

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#29

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#31

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

Early Childhood Jobs in Kansas

Special education teachers in preschool settings are at the top among Kansas’ early childhood educators with an average salary coming in at $55,700, followed closely by special education teachers in kindergarten settings, who earn an average of $54,340.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 5,800 $20,650 eks84%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,490 $54,340 eks86%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1,930 $31,560 eks92%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,090 $51,230 eks88%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 2,190 $37,640 eks76%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 530 $44,820 eks83%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 390 $55,700 eks90%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – There are 5,800 childcare workers employed in Kansas. These professionals earn $20,650 on average. Childcare worker jobs in Kansas should increase by 7.8% through 2026.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – There are 2,190 child, family, and school social workers employed in Kansas, and these professionals earn an average salary of $42,510. Jobs among Kansas’ child, family, and school social workers are expected to increase by 14.4% through 2026.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Kansas’ 1,090 kindergarten teachers earn an average of $51,230. Kindergarten teacher employment in Kansas is expected to increase by 5.3% through 2026.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – There are 1,930 preschool teachers employed in Kansas. Jobs for these professionals pay an average salary of $31,560. The number of preschool teachers here in Kansas is expected to increase by 9.4% through 2026.

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – The 1,490 special education teachers at the kindergarten and elementary school level working in Kansas earn $54,340 on average. Jobs among special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings in Kansas are expected to increase by 5.9% through 2026.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – The 530 education administrators working in preschool and childcare settings in Kansas make an average salary of $44,820. Preschool and childcare education administrator jobs in Kansas are projected to rise by 10.5% through 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool – Kansas’ 390 special ed teachers in preschool settings earn $55,700 on average. Employment opportunities are bright in this field for the foreseeable future, thanks to a projected job growth of 5.6% through 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

You’ll find that average salaries for early childhood education professionals tend to vary depending on the region of the state in which you work. ECE professionals in the Kansas City metropolitan region enjoys consistently high salaries in most settings, while average salaries for Topeka’s early childhood educators tend to be lower than their colleagues in the larger metro areas of Kansas.

Preschool Teachers

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 1,740 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,910
  • Wichita – 570 licensed teachers with an average salary of $33,160
  • Lawrence –110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $33,930
  • Topeka –280 licensed teachers with an average salary of $28,050
  • Manhattan – 80 licensed teachers with an average salary of $31,850

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 770 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,470
  • Wichita – 140 licensed teachers with an average salary of $51,360
  • Lawrence – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,760
  • Topeka – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,890

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 150 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,040
  • Wichita – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,990
  • Topeka – 50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $51,060

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 730 licensed teachers with an average salary of $59,570
  • Wichita – 190 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,990
  • Topeka – 190 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,690

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 350 licensed teachers with an average salary of $50,730
  • Wichita – 140 licensed teachers with an average salary of $39,930
  • Topeka – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $36,440

 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ks.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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