Early Childhood Education Jobs in Maine

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Maine is known for its shipbuilding and seafood industries, but it’s not just a great place to eat crabs. Salaries for early childhood education workers vary throughout the state, but for preschool teachers and child care workers, they rank among the top 20 in the nation. Portland and Portsmouth offer job seekers higher paying work than in other parts of the state. Salaries for special education teachers at both preschool and elementary school levels are about $35,000 and $47,000, respectively, well below the national average.

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Maine Salary Rankings

#12

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#13

in the US for Childcare Workers

#26

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#30

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#34

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

#36

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Early Childhood Jobs in Maine

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 2,950 $21,050 check108%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 1,780 $42,110 check101%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,460 $47,650 eks89%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1,240 $28,790 check106%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 920 $46,440 eks93%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 200 $35,580 eks68%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 200 $40,510 eks92%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 970 $22,590 check116%
Bangor, ME 400 $18,760 eks96%
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 280 $18,440 eks95%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 270 $20,590 check106%
Portsmouth, NH-ME 100 $20,520 check105%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 60 $42,170 eks96%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 200 $51,230 check102%
Bangor, ME 90 $47,270 eks94%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 $38,000 eks76%
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 $46,510 eks93%
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 30 $37,760 eks75%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 400 $27,160 eks100%
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 300 $25,170 eks93%
Portsmouth, NH-ME 170 $27,130 eks100%
Bangor, ME 120 $32,780 check121%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 250 $54,880 check102%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 140 $43,330 eks81%
Bangor, ME 120 $48,810 eks91%
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 90 $50,570 eks94%
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 $57,840 check107%
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
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 80 $40,300 eks77%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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