Early Childhood Education Jobs in Oregon

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It’s good to be an early childhood educator in Oregon.

It’s good to be an early childhood educator in Oregon. With teacher salaries here consistently coming in above the national average, Oregon has long demonstrated a commitment to education. And with the addition of more than 700 teacher positions in 2016 to improve class sizes, Oregon further cemented its standing as a national leader for educational excellence.

Pursue a career in early childhood education in the gem of the Pacific Northwest and you’ll enjoy not just a competitive salary, but also plenty of professional opportunities due to a persistent demand for qualified teachers.

Oregon Salary Rankings

#2

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#4

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#4

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

#11

in the US for Childcare Workers

#28

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#37

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Oregon

Teachers of young learners in Oregon are among the top paid in the nation. In fact, Oregon’s kindergarten teachers, special ed teachers in preschool settings, and special ed teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings all rank in the top five for their average salaries.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 7,100 $30,400 eks88%
Childcare Workers 6,720 $24,740 check101%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 3,720 $51,510 check104%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 1,050 $72,830 check125%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 1,360 $76,880 check104%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare $47,540 eks88%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 290 $75,600 check123%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – There are 6,720 childcare workers in Oregon, and these professionals earn an average salary of $24,740, which is slightly above the national average of $24,610. Employment among Oregon’s childcare workers is projected to increase by 15.7% – that’s much higher than the national projected growth rate of 7% for this occupation.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – Oregon’s 3,720 child, family, and school social workers earn an average salary of $51,510, or about $2,000 above the national average. The number of jobs for Oregon’s child, family, and school social workers should rise by 13.3% through 2026.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – The 1,050 kindergarten teachers working in Oregon earn an average salary of $72,830 – that’s more than $14,000 above the national average. Kindergarten teacher jobs in Oregon are projected to increase by 8.8% through 2026.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – Oregon’s 7,100 preschool teachers earn an average salary of $30,400. There are about seven times more preschool teachers than kindergarten teachers in the state. Employment among Oregon’s preschool teachers should increase by 16.1% through 2026 – that’s much higher than the national projected growth rate of 10% for these early childhood education professionals.

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 1,360 special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings employed in Oregon, and these professionals earn an average salary of $76,880 – that’s $13,000 more than the national average. The number of special education teacher jobs in kindergarten and elementary school settings in Oregon is projected to increase by 7.2% through 2026.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – Oregon’s education administrators in preschool and childcare settings earn an average of $47,540. The outlook for education administrators is bright, as jobs in this field are expected to grow by 11% through 2026. Education administrator jobs in preschool and childcare settings in Oregon should rise by 15.5% through 2026, which is higher than the national projected growth rate of 11% for this profession.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool – The state’s 290 special education teachers in preschool settings earn an average salary of $75,600, or about $17,000 more than the national average. The number of jobs for special education teachers in preschool settings in Oregon is expected to rise by 4.3% through 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA metro area takes the top spot for earning potential in Oregon, with everyone from preschool teachers to kindergarten teachers earning more than their colleagues in other areas of the state. For example, kindergarten teachers in this metro region earn an average salary of $74,460 – that’s $17,000-$28,000 more than their peers in the Salem or Medford metro regions.

The coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan region also shines bright, as it is ranked first in the nation for average kindergarten teacher pay, coming it at $72,050.

Preschool Teachers

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA – 4,580 licensed teachers with an average salary of $30,970
  • Salem – 420 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,850
  • Eugene-Springfield – 850 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,060
  • Bend – 400 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,650
  • Medford – 270 licensed teachers with an average salary of $30,640
  • Corvallis – 200 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,230

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA – 1,120 licensed teachers with an average salary of $74,460
  • Salem –average salary of $57,260
  • Medford –90 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,460

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA –average salary of $83,260

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA – 1,040 licensed teachers with an average salary of $78,350
  • Salem – 180 licensed teachers with an average salary of $60,920
  • Medford – 50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,220

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA –average salary of $45,390
  • Salem –average salary of $45,410
  • Eugene-Springfield –120 licensed teachers with an average salary of $54,190
  • Bend – 30 licensed teachers with an average salary of $45,590
  • Corvallis – 30 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,650

 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_or.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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