Early Childhood Education Jobs in New Jersey

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New Jersey has had an undeserved negative reputation in the U.S. and is the butt of many jokes; however, it’s one of the best states for early childhood education to find salaries above the national average. Preschool teachers can earn about $32,000, which is well above the national average. Special education and kindergarten teachers can also earn high salaries within the field. Several cities are especially friendly to early childhood education workers, including Atlantic City, Trenton, Camden, and some spots in Northern New Jersey. These statistics are just one way New Jersey defies its reputation.

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New Jersey Salary Rankings

#3

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#5

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#6

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#6

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#7

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

#14

in the US for Childcare Workers

Early Childhood Jobs in New Jersey

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 19,790 $20,960 check107%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 13,050 $32,740 check121%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 11,380 $61,950 check115%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 6,840 $57,410 check138%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 5,110 $57,240 check114%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 1,750 $53,060 check121%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 970 $61,480 check117%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 61,680 $25,650 check131%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 15,660 $20,450 check105%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 2,450 $19,360 eks99%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 970 $20,220 check104%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 340 $22,490 check115%
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 320 $25,540 check131%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4,500 $62,960 check143%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,400 $42,520 eks97%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 110 $52,930 check120%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 100 $35,750 eks81%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 10,300 $72,680 check145%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,910 $52,640 check105%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 340 $52,450 check105%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 160 $60,050 check120%
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 110 $64,720 check129%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 80 $56,150 check112%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 27,560 $34,640 check128%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,670 $24,410 eks90%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 610 $35,640 check131%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 580 $21,740 eks80%
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 210 $28,610 check105%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 210 $53,980 check199%
Ocean City, NJ 60 $29,650 check109%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 20,430 $68,660 check128%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,970 $59,660 check111%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 810 $57,840 check107%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 560 $66,810 check124%
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 300 $59,710 check111%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 150 $56,990 check106%
Ocean City, NJ 120 $72,170 check134%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4,650 $60,780 check116%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 $57,470 check110%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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