Early Childhood Education Jobs in Louisiana

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Louisiana is often associated with Mardi Gras because of the vibrant culture in New Orleans. It may be a great place to live, but it can be difficult to find high-paying work in early childhood education here. Salaries for preschool teachers, special education teachers, and kindergarten teachers are ranked in the top 25 in the nation. New Orleans and Shreveport have salaries above or close to the national average. Child care workers don’t have the same good fortune as teachers, though, the average salary for that specialty being about $18,000, which is on the low side compared to other states.

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Louisiana Salary Rankings

#23

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#24

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#24

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#24

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#32

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

#38

in the US for Childcare Workers

Early Childhood Jobs in Louisiana

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 8,380 $18,230 eks93%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,990 $47,280 eks94%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 2,870 $48,300 eks90%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2,830 $26,910 eks99%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 2,250 $44,430 check107%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,640 $46,980 eks90%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 270 $41,350 eks94%
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
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,850 $18,290 eks94%
Baton Rouge, LA 1,480 $18,100 eks93%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 1,000 $19,100 eks98%
Lafayette, LA 700 $17,810 eks91%
Alexandria, LA 510 $17,880 eks92%
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 380 $17,800 eks91%
Monroe, LA 350 $18,370 eks94%
Lake Charles, LA 300 $18,010 eks92%
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
Baton Rouge, LA 550 $49,140 eks98%
Monroe, LA 160 $48,690 eks97%
Alexandria, LA 130 $43,470 eks87%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 110 $48,070 eks96%
Lafayette, LA 80 $49,670 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
Baton Rouge, LA 800 $20,500 eks76%
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 370 $35,520 check131%
Lafayette, LA 230 $21,440 eks79%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 210 $38,570 check142%
Alexandria, LA 140 $23,560 eks87%
Monroe, LA 90 $22,790 eks84%
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
Baton Rouge, LA 410 $49,990 eks93%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 330 $49,930 eks93%
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
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 180 $50,070 eks95%
Baton Rouge, LA 150 $49,030 eks93%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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