Early Childhood Education Jobs in Mississippi

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There’s plenty of exciting changes taking place in Mississippi’s early childhood system, and for the state’s early learners and the professionals who teach them, they come in the form of a $10.6 million federal grant awarded to the state in 2019.

This grant, which is the first of its kind for children ages 0-5, is specifically aimed at young children and families. For the state’s low-income families, this grant will mean access to high-quality childcare centers and early learning programs and holistic support for the children and their families through the development of individual service plans.

For the state’s early childhood educators, this equates to greater and more varied opportunities, making the pursuit of a career in early childhood learning a sure bet in the Magnolia State.

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Rasmussen College
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate or Diploma
  • Associate’s in ECE or Child Development
  • Bachelor’s completion program in ECE Leadership

USC Rossier
Master of Arts in Teaching Online

Fordham University
Online Master of Science in Teaching

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NYU
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Vanderbilt Peabody College
Online Master’s with School Counseling

Capella University
Online Master's in Early Childhood Education

Concordia University
Online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education

Mississippi Salary Rankings

#49

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#46

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

#48

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#50

in the US for Childcare Workers

Early Childhood Jobs in Mississippi

Mississippi is a great place for quality of life if you plan to get a job in early childhood education. Vast expanses of forest and rivers make it an outdoor playground you can take advantage of anytime you’re not at work. The relatively low cost of living here will stretch your salary a long way, and a few exceptional colleges and universities here make the state more of a hub for higher learning than outsiders might expect.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 6,530 $19,310 eks78%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2,820 $27,940 eks81%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 2,700 $35,100 eks71%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 2,300 $46,590 eks74%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,140 $43,110 eks74%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

As a small state, you’ll find that Mississippi doesn’t have a huge number of openings in early childhood education. The future looks bright, however, with the number of positions in most categories expanding by 5 percent or more in the next few years.

Childcare Workers – The 6,530 childcare workers in Mississippi make an average of $19,310. The number of positions is expected to grow to a whopping 11,850 through 2026.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – There are 2,700 social workers in the child, family, and school sector. They make an average of $35,100, and openings will expand by more than 7 percent over the next 7 years.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are only 1,140 kindergarten teachers in the state, making an average annual salary of $43,110, but don’t worry… the number of openings is expected to jump by 9 percent through 2026.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – 2,820 people work as preschool teachers in Mississippi, making an average salary of $27,940. The number of jobs for preschool teachers will expand by about 5 percent by 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 2,300 special education teachers working at the kindergarten and elementary level. Those numbers are supposed to grown by around 7 percent by 2026, though.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – Only 40 teachers statewide work in special education at the preschool level. This small and very important group of specialists earn an average annual salary of $46,590.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – There are 380 education administrators in Mississippi working at the preschool level with an average salary of $43,190. Around a 5 percent bump in the number of jobs is expected by 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

There are excellent positions open in every part of Mississippi for early childhood educators, but the area along the Tennessee border in the Memphis suburbs will generally be your best bet for both the greatest number of openings and some of the highest salaries in the state.

Preschool Teachers

  • Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS – 220 teachers with a median annual salary of $34,000
  • Hattiesburg, MS – Median annual salary of $19,500
  • Jackson, MS – 810 teachers with a median annual salary of $23,450
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR – 1,260 teachers with a median annual salary of $27,710

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS – 190 teachers with a median annual salary of $45,760
  • Jackson, MS – 270 teachers with a median annual salary of $40,900
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR – 620 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,340

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS – 250 teachers with a median annual salary of $47,370
  • Hattiesburg, MS – 130 teachers with a median annual salary of $44,770
  • Jackson, MS – 330 teachers with a median annual salary of $44,350
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR – 1,570 teachers with a medial annual salary of $56,410

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Hattiesburg, MS – 30 administrators with a median annual salary of $30,410
  • Jackson, MS – 130 administrators with a median annual salary of $30,970
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR – 200 administrators with a median annual salary of $59,770

 

2018 Occupational Employment Statistics sourced from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ms.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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