Early Childhood Education Jobs in Missouri

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Missouri is home to large metro areas with the kind of population density that can make the wide open rural swaths of the state dotted by small communities feel like an entirely different world by comparison. This dichotomy can lead to real variations in the salaries that early childhood education workers here earn.

One thing that is constant regardless of location, though, is the increasing demand for childcare professionals of all stripes almost everywhere in the state. On the whole, the number of jobs opening up for Missouri’s early childhood education professionals can be expected to go up between five and ten percent throughout the state over the coming decade.

Missouri Salary Rankings

#36

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#27

in the US for Childcare Workers

#42

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#34

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#18

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#32

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

Early Childhood Jobs in Missouri

Education administrators throughout Missouri do pretty well for themselves, making just about the national average. Although other roles may be lower in general, there is a bright spot in every category: oncoming job growth that will ensure plenty of positions for everybody. In childcare alone, the number of jobs is expected to more than double over the next seven years.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 12,930 $23,490 eks95%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,620 $37,680 eks86%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 5,510 $30,440 eks88%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,680 $54,190 eks86%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,710 $51,630 eks88%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 640 $51,940 eks85%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 350 $37,510 eks61%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – There are 12,930 childcare workers in the state, making an average salary of $23,490, which is right around the national average. By 2026, the number of workers is expected to skyrocket to 28,110.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – The 8,620 social workers specializing in child, family, and school services make an average of $37,680. A 13 percent bump is expected in the number of available positions over the next seven years, however.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are only 1,710 kindergarten teachers working in Missouri outside of special education, but they make a relatively robust $51,630 annually, on average. There will also be about 5 percent more job openings in this field by 2026.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – The 5,510 have an average annual salary of $30,440. The state expects a 10 percent increase in the number of jobs becoming available by 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – The 1,680 special education teachers in Missouri working at the kindergarten and elementary level in special education can expect an average salary of $54,190. As with regular kindergarten teachers, the number of positions will increase by about 5 percent by 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – Only 350 individuals work as teachers in special education at the preschool level, making an average of $37,510 annually. By 2026, the number of jobs in this field will increase by nearly 7 percent.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – The 640 early childhood education administrators in Missouri make an average annual salary of $51,940, pretty near the national average of $53,990.

City-Level Job Stats

With such a large urban/rural divide, it’s easy to predict fairly wide differences in salaries for different areas of the state. In general, the big cities have more openings at higher salary rates. But there are definitely hot spots for different jobs, such as Joplin for preschool teachers and the Fayeteville area for special education teachers at both the kindergarten and preschool levels.

Preschool Teachers

  • Columbia, MO – 180 teachers with a median annual salary of $20,150
  • Joplin, MO – Median annual salary of $28,330
  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 1,740 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,640
  • Springfield, MO – 290 teachers with a median annual salary of $24,470
  • Louis, MO-IL – 3,880 teachers with a median annual salary of $26,800
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO – 930 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,440

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Cape Girardeau, MO-IL – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $44,210
  • Joplin, MO – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $46,660
  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 770 teachers with a median annual salary of $50,890
  • Springfield, MO – 300 teachers with a median annual salary of $47,320
  • Louis, MO-IL – 540 teachers with a median annual salary of $50,240
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO – 240 teachers with a median annual salary of $48,090

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 150 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,120
  • Springfield, MO – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $41,390
  • Louis, MO-IL – Median annual salary of $25,550
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO – 90 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,440

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Jefferson City, MO – Median annual salary of $63,430
  • Joplin, MO – 60 teachers with a median annual salary of $41,780
  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 730 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,110
  • Springfield, MO – 180 teachers with a median annual salary of $47,450
  • Louis, MO-IL – 990 teachers with a median annual salary of $51,110
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO – 190 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,040

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Columbia, MO – 40 administrators with a median annual salary of $31,210
  • Kansas City, MO-KS – 350 administrators with a median annual salary of $47,520
  • Springfield, MO – 50 administrators with a median annual salary of $42,680
  • Louis, MO-IL – 400 administrators with a median annual salary of $39,890
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO – 90 administrators with a median annual salary of $33,860

 

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