Early Childhood Education Jobs in New Hampshire

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In the sphere of excellence in early childhood learning, you can bet you’ll find New Hampshire at or near the top. In fact, the Anne E. Casey Foundation 2019 Kids Count Data Book ranked New Hampshire the best state in the country for overall child well-being, with the state’s education system ranked fourth.

Adding to its already-robust early childhood education system, New Hampshire received a $3.8 million federal preschool development grant in 2019 that will be used to strengthen and coordinate early childhood programs and align them with federal, state, and local resources. The University of New Hampshire is leading the charge to increase the quality of the state’s pre-k programs. Part of the funds will be used by the university to develop a coaching model designed to improve teacher-student interaction in pre-k settings.

This means that early childhood educators in New Hampshire will enjoy better and more varied opportunities than ever.

New Hampshire Salary Rankings

#23

in the US for Childcare Workers

#21

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#21

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

#34

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#21

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in New Hampshire

Here in New Hampshire, a lot of the jobs for early childhood educators, administrators and others within the ECE sphere are going to be found in small towns far from the bright lights of the big cities that otherwise dominate the East Coast. For many, that means a better quality of life that offers a nice change of pace from the stress and hustle of city life. It also helps that New Hampshire has no state income or sales tax, something that makes salaries here stretch a lot further. For educators who want the best of both worlds, the area along the Massachusetts border near Nashua offers the higher salaries you’d expect from working in the Boston suburbs, without losing the easy pace of New Hampshire living.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 2,390 $23,940 els97%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2,950 $30,860 eks90%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 990 $58,230 eks90%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 410 $56,710 eks97%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 650 $52,920 check106%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 410 $50,660 eks93%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

In the coming decade, early childhood teachers and administrators can all expect to see greater demand and the better pay and opportunities that come with it. But New Hampshire also has a particularly strong job market for childcare workers too, with generally good job growth and competitive salaries. Even child and school social workers, though fewer in number, do better in New Hampshire than in many other parts of the country in terms of salary.

Childcare Workers – There are 2,390 childcare workers here, making $23,940 a year. Not only is that a heck of a coincidence, it’s also pretty close to the national average for such positions.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – 650 people serve as social workers in New Hampshire, working in child, family and school contexts. Their average salary is $52,920, beating out the national average by more than $3,000 a year.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – Only 410 positions for kindergarten teachers exist in the state, with an average annual salary of $56,710. The number of positions is expected to expand by about 5 percent over the next 7 years.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – We have 2,950 preschool teachers in New Hampshire, who make an average of $30,860 a year. An 8.5 percent increase in the number of these jobs is expected by 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – 990 individuals work in special education at the kindergarten level in New Hampshire. Their average annual salary is $58,230.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – There are 410 people working in administration in preschool and childcare settings here, making an average salary of $50,660. That number is set to jump to 530 by 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

Predictably, the Nashua area along the Massachusetts border, with the vast Boston/Cambridge metropolitan area on tap, is going to be the best bet for both a variety of job openings and the highest salaries in the state. Although the state as a whole tends to trend lower than the median national rate for kindergarten teachers, for example, the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua area blows that number out of the water with a median salary almost $17,000 higher than most states.

Preschool Teachers

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 13,490 teachers with a median annual salary of $35,550
  • Dover-Durham, NH-ME – 370 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,220
  • Manchester, NH – 500 teachers with a median annual salary of $27,280
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME – 390 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,360

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 2,160 teachers with a median annual salary of $72,600
  • Dover-Durham, NH-ME – 60 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,230
  • Manchester, NH – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $61,180
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME – 50 teachers with a median annual salary of $61,590

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 810 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,960

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 4,910 teachers with a median annual salary of $71,770
  • Dover-Durham, NH-ME – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $60,890
  • Manchester, NH – 170 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,800
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME – 50 teachers with a median annual salary of $56,230

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 1,450 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,440
  • Manchester, NH – 70 administrators with a median annual salary of $57,800
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME – 60 administrators with a median annual salary of $56,240

 

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_nh.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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