Early Childhood Education Jobs in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is considered a high-need state, with many options for teachers who want to teach in rural settings, but the salaries for early childhood education workers are less than the national average, right across the board. Preschool teachers may have some luck finding high-paying jobs in Tulsa or Fort Smith. But elsewhere in the state, salaries are low, especially for special education teachers, education administrators, and kindergarten teachers.

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Oklahoma Salary Rankings

#34

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#37

in the US for Childcare Workers

#39

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#46

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

#46

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#47

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Oklahoma

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 6,370 $18,280 eks94%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 5,560 $23,200 eks86%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 4,630 $31,750 eks76%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,050 $38,550 eks77%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,730 $41,510 eks77%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 850 $33,200 eks76%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 70 $37,110 eks71%
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
Oklahoma City, OK 2,470 $18,460 eks95%
Tulsa, OK 1,500 $18,590 eks95%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 500 $17,810 eks91%
Lawton, OK 360 $17,790 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
Oklahoma City, OK 370 $31,720 eks72%
Tulsa, OK 180 $32,700 eks74%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 50 $34,350 eks78%
Lawton, OK 50 $29,450 eks67%
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
Oklahoma City, OK 530 $37,920 eks76%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 240 $42,090 eks84%
Lawton, OK 80 $36,960 eks74%
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
Oklahoma City, OK 1,870 $19,990 eks74%
Tulsa, OK 1,350 $27,610 check102%
Lawton, OK 280 $22,550 eks83%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 180 $28,300 check104%
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
Oklahoma City, OK 570 $39,620 eks74%
Tulsa, OK 430 $44,620 eks83%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 150 $49,990 eks93%
Lawton, OK 110 $41,760 eks78%
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
Tulsa, OK 40 $29,120 eks55%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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