Early Childhood Education Jobs in Maryland

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You wouldn’t be the first teacher inspired to get into the profession because you watched Season 4 of “The Wire,” but truth is better than fiction here. This state actually offers high-paying jobs in early childhood education. Special education teachers at the preschool and elementary school levels can find salaries averaging about $62,000 and $59,000, respectively. Baltimore has a strong record of paying special education and preschool teachers above the national average. Kindergarten teachers, however, may have a harder time finding high salaries.

Maryland Salary Rankings

#15

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#14

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

#14

in the US for Childcare Workers

#7

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#10

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#7

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Maryland

The metropolitan areas around Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia are real hotspots for the employment of childcare and child, family, and school social workers, so low income and other struggling Maryland residents have at least this one advantage in those regions. Even better, the D.C. area comes in at the very top of the scale when it comes to mean annual salaries for school social workers, at $70,270 annually.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 8,870 $25,980 check106%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 9,400 $38,440 check112%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 4,480 $59,280 check119%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 3,970 $64,590 check102%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,610 $67,170 check115%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 860 $57,350 check106%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 360 $61,210 eks99%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – 8,870 people are employed as childcare workers here, with an average annual salary of $25,980, $1,370 better than the national average.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers –There are only 4,480 child, family, and school social workers in Maryland, with plenty of room for more considering the state needs. The average annual salary for each is $59,280, which is nearly $10,000 better than the national average.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Maryland has only 2,610 kindergarten teachers outside the special ed classroom, with a mean annual salary of $67,170. That’s $8,800 better than the national average.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – 9,400 individuals teach preschool here, making an average of $38,440 a year, which is $4,030 better than their counterparts nationally.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 3,970 special education teachers here at kindergarten and higher elementary levels, pulling down an average salary of $64,590—slightly better than the national average of $63,110.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – Only 360 people in Maryland teach special education at the preschool level, with an average salary of $61,210. That’s only $400 more than the typical preschool special ed teacher in the U.S.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – It might surprise you that there are only 860 administrators working in preschool and childcare here, and surprise you even more that the average salary is $57,350. Still, that’s $3,360 better than the national average for the role.

City-Level Job Stats

Although Baltimore is a major city in its own right, it’s better to think of Maryland employment markets in terms of regional clusters. You can see clearly the effects of the big demand around Baltimore and Washington in terms of salary for every category, coming in well above the national average. For preschool special education teachers, for example, teachers in that area can expect almost $12,000 better than the national median.

Preschool Teachers

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD – 4,510 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,830
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 10,810 teachers with a median annual salary of $34,390
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 9,400 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,100
  • California-Lexington Park, MD – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $31,790
  • Cumberland, MD-WV – Median annual salary of $41,730
  • Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV – 210 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,650
  • Salisbury, MD-DE – 470 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,350

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD – 1,410 teachers with a median annual salary of $69,340
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 1,810 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,800
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 2,940 teachers with a median annual salary of $66,850
  • Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV – 100 teachers with a median annual salary of $51,760
  • Salisbury, MD-DE – A median annual salary of $56,690

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD – 290 teachers with a median annual salary of $58,120
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 270 teachers with a median annual salary of $74,200
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 130 teachers with a median annual salary of $48,840

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD – 2,010 teachers with a median annual salary of $63,310
  • Salisbury, MD-DE – 250 teachers with a median annual salary of $61,520
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 4,560 teachers with a median annual salary of $71,640
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 4,980 teachers with a median annual salary of $64,230

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD – 370 administrators with a median annual salary of $42,280
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 1,400 administrators with a median annual salary of $57,490
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 1,580 administrators with a median annual salary of $49,610
  • Salisbury, MD-DE – 50 administrators with a median annual salary of $34,980

 

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