Early Childhood Education Jobs in New York

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New York’s early childhood educators have long enjoyed working in a system that not only tops the charts for teacher pay and job opportunities but is fully committed to the success of its earliest learners.

New York has long been held up as a model for effective early childhood learning, starting in 1998 when the state began its universal pre-k program… to 2013 when it launched the New York State Priority Pre-K program, along with competitive grants to cover high-need children in low-income school districts… to 2017 when more than 75% of the state’s children were served in school-day programs.

Work in New York State as an early childhood educator and you’ll be part of one of the most innovative, comprehensive early childhood systems in the nation. In other words, there may be no better place to spread your professional wings and begin exploring what makes this state so darn attractive for early childhood educators.

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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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Master's in School Counseling Online

NYU
Master’s Degree in School Counseling Online

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

New York Salary Rankings

#1

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#2

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#5

in the US for Childcare Workers

#3

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

#1

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#1

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Early Childhood Jobs in New York

From teaming metro areas to the tiny towns upstate, New York is home to high-paying jobs in early childhood education. New York offers the highest salaries for special ed preschool teachers in the country and comes in within the top five for most of the other jobs that fall within the broader sphere of early childhood education. New York City is the natural focus of many of these numbers, but even ECE professionals in Rochester, Poughkeepsie and other cities outside the big city can look forward to great salaries, and without the high costs of big city living.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 47,260 $28,820 check117%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 30,790 $48,630 check141%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 28,530 $58,050 check117%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 18,790 $77,840 check123%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6,120 $79,410 check136%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 4,860 $83,010 check135%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 4,020 $74,580 check138%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

New York leads the nation in terms of earning potential for the handful of professions that occupy the ECE niche. Preschool teachers working in special education, for example, will find that New York is both the top paying state for that role as well as the state with the highest employment level. And these specialists aren’t alone. Even with a more than 20 percent jump expected in the number of jobs available to special ed teachers in preschools by 2026, preschool administrators and child and family social workers aren’t far behind.

Childcare Workers – New York has a lot of childcare professionals, 47,260, in fact. And they’re well-paid, earning an average annual salary of $28,820. That’s about $4,000 better than the national average.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – 28,530 social workers in New York specialize in child, family, and school services. The average annual salary for those jobs is $58,050, which works out to $8,290 better than the national average.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are only 6,120 kindergarten teachers in New York, but the average salary of $79,410 is more than $20,000 over the national average for those positions.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – The 30,790 preschool teachers in the state make an average of $48,630, which is $14,220 above the national average.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – 18,790 kindergarten and elementary teachers work in special education here. Their average salary is $77,840, which is $14,730 above the national average.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – 4,860 individuals work in special education at the preschool level, earning an impressive average annual salary of $83,010. That’s $21,400 better than the national average, and easily the best out of any state in the nation.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – There are 4,020 administrators in preschool and childcare services in New York. The average salary for these jobs is $74,580, which beats out the national average of $53,990 by more than $20,000 a year.

City-Level Job Stats

Following the general trend of New York being an unbeatable location for preschool special education teachers, the New York/Newark/Jersey City region boasts the highest employment levels for that occupation out of any demographic area in the U.S. Still, it can pay to look around; isolated pockets elsewhere in the state, like Binghamton, can still beat out the big markets for a lucky few.

Preschool Teachers

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 35,280 teachers with a median annual salary of $40,270
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – 1,090 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,490
  • Binghamton, NY – 190 teachers with a median annual salary of $27,610
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY – 1,830 teachers with a median annual salary of $26,210
  • Elmira, NY – 70 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,140
  • Glens Falls, NY – 230 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,450
  • Ithaca, NY – 110 teachers with a median annual salary of $41,290
  • Kingston, NY – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $29,260
  • Rochester, NY – 1,380 teachers with a median annual salary of $27,170
  • Syracuse, NY – 670 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,690
  • Utica-Rome, NY – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,640
  • Watertown-Fort Drum, NY – 110 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,350

Kindergarten Teachers

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 7,360 teachers with a median annual salary of $72,720
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – 240 teachers with a median annual salary of $62,670
  • Binghamton, NY – 100 teachers with a median annual salary of $59,180
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY – 490 teachers with a median annual salary of $61,410
  • Glens Falls, NY – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $63,880
  • Ithaca, NY – 60 teachers with a median annual salary of $54,640
  • Kingston, NY – 90 teachers with a median annual salary of $82,130
  • Rochester, NY – 670 teachers with a median annual salary of $62,840
  • Syracuse, NY – 230 teachers with a median annual salary of $65,250
  • Utica-Rome, NY – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $67,680
  • Watertown-Fort Drum, NY – 50 teachers with a median annual salary of $58,330

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 3,880 teachers with a median annual salary of $73,480
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – 330 teachers with a median annual salary of $47,220
  • Binghamton, NY – 150 teachers with a median annual salary of $83,320
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY – 230 teachers with a median annual salary of $62,920
  • Glens Falls, NY – 100 teachers with a median annual salary of $60,090
  • Rochester, NY – 150 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,340
  • Syracuse, NY – 130 teachers with a median annual salary of $73,760
  • Utica-Rome, NY – Median annual salary of $71,200

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 21,830 teachers with a median annual salary of $73,140
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – 720 teachers with a median annual salary of $69,290
  • Binghamton, NY – 230 teachers with a median annual salary of $61,700
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY – 960 teachers with a median annual salary of $59,730
  • Ithaca, NY – 100 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,760
  • Kingston, NY – 160 teachers with a median annual salary of $85,900
  • Rochester, NY – 1,160 teachers with a median annual salary of $60,820
  • Syracuse, NY – 460 teachers with a median annual salary of $67,220
  • Utica-Rome, NY – 220 teachers with a median annual salary of $62,350
  • Watertown-Fort Drum, NY – 90 teachers with a median annual salary of $69,450

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 4,480 administrators with a median annual salary of $70,920
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – 200 administrators with a median annual salary of $45,340
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY – 250 administrators with a median annual salary of $41,040
  • Rochester, NY – 170 administrators with a median annual salary of $52,260
  • Syracuse, NY – 60 administrators with a median annual salary of $43,260
  • Utica-Rome, NY – Median annual salary of $51,070

 

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_ny.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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