Early Childhood Education Jobs in Minnesota

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The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes is also the land of tens of thousands of well-paying jobs in early childhood education. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is one of the best places in the state to find high-paying early childhood education jobs, but there are niche areas all over where you can find excellent opportunities. Overall, the state does well in providing early childhood education jobs that meet or exceed the national salary trend.

Minnesota Salary Rankings

#13

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#15

in the US for Childcare Workers

#17

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

#13

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#11

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#6

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Minnesota

Most Minnesota early childhood educator positions are compensated better than their counterparts in the nation as a whole. For school social workers, the difference here is night and day—they make almost $6,000 more a year than in other states, a substantial percentage increase for what is typically a low-paying job. Employment for administrators has also been on the rise, going up more than 11 percent recently.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 11,830 $25,820 check105%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 8,180 $37,500 check110%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,150 $49,760 check100%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 4,600 $63,030 eks99%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 3,440 $60,580 check104%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 840 $58,740 check109%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,490 $62,810 check102%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – There are 11,830 childcare workers throughout the state, making an average of $25,820 a year. That’s $1,210 better than the national average.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – 8,150 people work in schools and with other agencies as child, family, and school social workers, with an average salary of $55,560. That blows the national average of $49,760 out of the water!

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Only 3,440 people work as kindergarten teachers here, but they make an average of $60,580 a year. That’s slightly better than the national average of $58,370.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – There are just about as many preschool teachers as social workers here, at 8,180. Earning an average salary of $37,500, preschool teachers here earn $3,090 more than the national average for this profession.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 4,600 special ed teachers at the kindergarten and elementary levels in Minnesota, making an average of $63,030. That’s almost exactly in line with the national average.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – 1,490 teachers work in special education at the preschool level, with an average salary of $62,810. That’s $1,200 better than the national average.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – Only 840 people are employed as education administrators at this level, with an average salary of $58,740, almost $4,000 better than the national average.

City-Level Job Stats

MSP is one of the more obvious places to look for high-paying childcare positions in the state, and also the area with the most openings overall in every job category. But Rochester is another area that deserves a look, with similar salaries, despite offering fewer positions overall.

Preschool Teachers

  • Duluth, MN-WI – 530 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,820
  • Mankato-North Mankato, MN – 170 teachers with a median annual salary of $29,260
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 5,580 teachers with a median annual salary of $34,490
  • Rochester, MN – 330 teachers with a median annual salary of $31,810
  • Cloud, MN – 340 teachers with a median annual salary of $23,650
  • Fargo, ND-MN – 710 teachers with a median annual salary of $23,990
  • Grand Forks, ND-MN – 70 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,550
  • La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN – 360 teachers with a median annual salary of $24,100

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Duluth, MN-WI – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $59,310
  • Mankato-North Mankato, MN – 90 teachers with a median annual salary of $56,040
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 2,170 teachers with a median annual salary of $62,950
  • Rochester, MN – 170 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,510
  • Cloud, MN – 80 teachers with a median annual salary of $45,050
  • Fargo, ND-MN – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,450
  • Grand Forks, ND-MN – 70 teachers with a median annual salary of $49,670
  • La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN – 150 teachers with a median annual salary of $54,120

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Duluth, MN-WI – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $45,940
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 950 teachers with a median annual salary of $65,160
  • Rochester, MN – Median annual salary of $61,210

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Duluth, MN-WI – 140 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,370
  • Mankato-North Mankato, MN – 80 teachers with a median annual salary of $56,020
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 3,010 teachers with a median annual salary of $66,620
  • Rochester, MN – Median annual salary of $58,180
  • Cloud, MN – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $58,920
  • Fargo, ND-MN – 220 teachers with a median annual salary of $56,110
  • Grand Forks, ND-MN – 80 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,250
  • La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN – A median annual salary of $39,090

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Duluth, MN-WI – 80 administrators with a median annual salary of $47,160
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – 580 administrators with a median annual salary of $55,350
  • Rochester, MN – 40 administrators with a median annual salary of $54,500
  • Fargo, ND-MN – 100 administrators with a median annual salary of $51,420

 

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