Early Childhood Education Jobs in North Carolina

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North Carolina’s urban areas are among the fastest-growing in the country, so the number of jobs in cities like Raleigh and Charlotte may be on the rise. However, average salaries in the state for early childhood education jobs are low compared to other states. Child care workers have the best chance to find high-paying work, and social workers also tend to earn above the national average. But overall, preschool, kindergarten, and special education teachers may have trouble finding good salaries in North Carolina.

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North Carolina Salary Rankings

#30

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#30

in the US for Childcare Workers

#38

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#43

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#43

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#45

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

Early Childhood Jobs in North Carolina

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 21,300 $18,840 eks97%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 12,140 $22,540 eks83%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 9,550 $42,760 check103%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 8,530 $42,770 eks79%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 4,410 $40,530 eks81%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 1,850 $37,820 eks86%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 470 $41,480 eks79%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 5,930 $19,220 eks99%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 3,050 $18,060 eks93%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 2,940 $19,260 eks99%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,820 $19,330 eks99%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 980 $18,900 eks97%
Wilmington, NC 900 $18,450 eks95%
Asheville, NC 870 $20,300 check104%
Fayetteville, NC 850 $17,870 eks92%
Winston-Salem, NC 750 $19,720 check101%
Greenville, NC 560 $17,910 eks92%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 550 $18,960 eks97%
Jacksonville, NC 530 $17,880 eks92%
Rocky Mount, NC 350 $17,750 eks91%
Burlington, NC 230 $18,180 eks93%
Goldsboro, NC 200 $17,660 eks91%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 390 $35,560 eks81%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 240 $38,390 eks87%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 180 $52,340 check119%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 160 $40,120 eks91%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 150 $39,510 eks90%
Winston-Salem, NC 80 $39,700 eks90%
Asheville, NC 70 $41,220 eks94%
Wilmington, NC 50 $39,060 eks89%
Jacksonville, NC 40 $34,630 eks79%
Greenville, NC 40 $33,270 eks76%
Fayetteville, NC 40 $32,600 eks74%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 30 $43,700 eks99%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 920 $43,220 eks86%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 900 $54,250 check108%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 640 $41,730 eks83%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 310 $42,300 eks84%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 300 $42,160 eks84%
Fayetteville, NC 280 $36,630 eks73%
Winston-Salem, NC 250 $41,740 eks83%
Asheville, NC 190 $42,780 eks85%
Rocky Mount, NC 100 $36,940 eks74%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 100 $38,040 eks76%
Burlington, NC 60 $35,970 eks72%
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
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,050 $21,190 eks78%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 2,040 $23,730 eks87%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 2,000 $23,020 eks85%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 970 $24,330 eks90%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 770 $21,670 eks80%
Winston-Salem, NC 670 $20,160 eks74%
Fayetteville, NC 530 $20,740 eks76%
Asheville, NC 410 $24,430 eks90%
Wilmington, NC 370 $25,350 eks93%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 300 $22,680 eks84%
Greenville, NC 260 $22,020 eks81%
Goldsboro, NC 170 $18,380 eks68%
Burlington, NC 140 $20,620 eks76%
Jacksonville, NC 120 $22,480 eks83%
Rocky Mount, NC 80 $23,840 eks88%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 1,550 $43,460 eks81%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,460 $46,770 eks87%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,110 $56,210 check104%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,040 $42,900 eks80%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 530 $46,480 eks86%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 450 $39,090 eks73%
Fayetteville, NC 310 $37,240 eks69%
Winston-Salem, NC 300 $43,230 eks80%
Asheville, NC 200 $43,980 eks82%
Rocky Mount, NC 170 $39,780 eks74%
Burlington, NC 130 $43,890 eks82%
Wilmington, NC 130 $41,080 eks76%
Greenville, NC 50 $42,340 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
Raleigh-Cary, NC 120 $46,180 eks88%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 70 $38,120 eks73%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 60 $62,030 check118%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 $36,880 eks70%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 $54,480 check104%
Winston-Salem, NC 40 $37,860 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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