Early Childhood Education Jobs in Missouri

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Missouri has large metropolitan areas as well as wide expanses of back-country. This dual personality also shows up in the salaries of early childhood education workers in the state. For child care workers and preschool teachers, pay rates are fairly close to the national average, but vary between cities. For example, preschool education administrators and preschool teachers may find high-paying jobs in Kansas City, but not in Springfield. Special education teachers and preschool education administrators are notable exceptions.

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Missouri Salary Rankings

#28

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#31

in the US for Childcare Workers

#32

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#37

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#40

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#41

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

Early Childhood Jobs in Missouri

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 14,650 $18,590 eks95%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 6,510 $33,100 eks80%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 5,950 $25,850 eks95%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 3,590 $44,080 eks82%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,680 $43,790 eks87%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 940 $37,330 eks85%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 350 $40,690 eks78%
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
St. Louis, MO-IL 7,730 $19,170 eks98%
Kansas City, MO-KS 5,520 $18,770 eks96%
Springfield, MO 1,520 $17,780 eks91%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 1,290 $18,280 eks94%
Columbia, MO 570 $18,360 eks94%
Jefferson City, MO 310 $17,760 eks91%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 100 $20,220 check104%
St. Joseph, MO-KS 80 $18,160 eks93%
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
St. Louis, MO-IL 520 $37,750 eks86%
Kansas City, MO-KS 310 $49,230 check112%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 170 $32,000 eks73%
Springfield, MO 60 $35,200 eks80%
Columbia, MO 40 $37,180 eks85%
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
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,180 $49,900 eks100%
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,020 $46,110 eks92%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 370 $50,250 eks100%
Springfield, MO 160 $37,750 eks75%
Joplin, MO 120 $39,230 eks78%
Columbia, MO 70 $38,330 eks76%
St. Joseph, MO-KS 50 $40,300 eks80%
Jefferson City, MO 40 $41,410 eks83%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 30 $38,410 eks77%
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
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,230 $23,800 eks88%
Kansas City, MO-KS 2,080 $27,460 check101%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 470 $26,610 eks98%
Columbia, MO 300 $26,020 eks96%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 200 $18,500 eks68%
Jefferson City, MO 190 $19,880 eks73%
Springfield, MO 190 $24,460 eks90%
Joplin, MO 190 $25,490 eks94%
St. Joseph, MO-KS 150 $18,650 eks69%
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
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,780 $46,920 eks87%
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,460 $52,690 eks98%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 260 $56,550 check105%
Springfield, MO 250 $39,600 eks74%
Joplin, MO 130 $41,950 eks78%
Columbia, MO 110 $41,660 eks77%
St. Joseph, MO-KS 60 $40,880 eks76%
Jefferson City, MO 50 $40,820 eks76%
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 30 $42,250 eks79%
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
St. Louis, MO-IL 150 $37,670 eks72%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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