Early Childhood Education Jobs in Kentucky

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Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State, named after a kind of grass that grows there, and it can be a good state for early childhood education workers who are interested in working in rural areas. Preschool teachers have the best chance of finding high salaries for their field, with the average being about $29,000. Middletown and Louisville are two of the best spots in Kentucky for early childhood teachers, in particular, to find work with decent pay. However, child care workers and preschool education administrators are among the lowest-paid early childhood education workers in the state.

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Kentucky Salary Rankings

#10

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#19

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#23

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#27

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

#36

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#36

in the US for Childcare Workers

Early Childhood Jobs in Kentucky

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 14,000 $18,310 eks94%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 7,190 $37,040 eks89%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 3,370 $49,540 eks92%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2,550 $29,700 check109%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,460 $51,580 check103%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 290 $38,510 eks88%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 40 $48,680 eks93%
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
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 4,810 $18,200 eks93%
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 4,200 $19,420 eks100%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 2,280 $18,150 eks93%
Clarksville, TN-KY 850 $17,680 eks91%
Evansville, IN-KY 690 $18,150 eks93%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 600 $17,880 eks92%
Owensboro, KY 430 $18,530 eks95%
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
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 450 $36,050 eks82%
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 100 $39,800 eks91%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 50 $28,990 eks66%
Clarksville, TN-KY 40 $29,850 eks68%
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
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 990 $61,840 check123%
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 570 $53,870 check107%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 160 $53,720 check107%
Evansville, IN-KY 160 $42,810 eks85%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 100 $46,970 eks94%
Owensboro, KY 40 $51,960 check104%
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
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 3,750 $20,310 eks75%
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 770 $23,370 eks86%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 350 $28,500 check105%
Evansville, IN-KY 340 $23,850 eks88%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 190 $24,750 eks91%
Owensboro, KY 40 $43,600 check161%
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
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,820 $56,250 check105%
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 980 $54,130 check101%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 320 $43,910 eks82%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 280 $48,580 eks90%
Evansville, IN-KY 110 $47,760 eks89%
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
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 $50,830 eks97%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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