Early Childhood Education Jobs in Pennsylvania

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Averages salaries for early childhood education professionals Pennsylvania can be best described as consistent and competitive when compared to salaries among their counterparts in other Northeast states.

While salaries for professionals in early childhood education here fall below those in Virginia and New York, they often exceed their colleagues in West Virginia and Ohio. And with Governor Wolf’s recent plan to increase the state’s minimum teacher salary and inject more than $350 in additional school funding into the system, these professionals may soon enjoy an additional bump in pay.

Pennsylvania Salary Rankings

#10

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

#15

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#29

in the US for Childcare Workers

#21

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#24

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#40

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s early childhood education salaries fall closely in line with the national average.

While some occupations in early childhood education fall below the national average, others exceed it. For example, salaries for both kindergarten teachers and special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings outdo the national average. Both of these professionals also land a spot as the top earners among Pennsylvania’s early childhood educators.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 25,370 $22,920 eks93%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 20,160 $43,680 eks88%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 13,480 $29,250 eks85%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 6,010 $66,860 check106%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 3,350 $62,510 check107%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 2,730 $48,890 eks91%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 570 $54,160 eks88%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – Pennsylvania’s 25,370 childcare workers earn an average salary of $22,920.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – Child, family, and school social workers total 20,160 in Pennsylvania, and these professionals earn an average salary of $43,680. Job growth of 16% through 2026 means outstanding professional opportunities for social workers in the Keystone State.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are 3,350 kindergarten teachers working in Pennsylvania, and these professionals earn an average salary of $62,510 – that’s about $4,000 above the national average.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education –Pennsylvania’s 13,480 preschool teachers earn an average salary of $29,250.

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – Special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings total 6,010 in Pennsylvania, and they earn an average salary of $66,860 – that’s about $3,000 above the national average.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – There are 2,730 education administrators in preschool and childcare settings employed in Pennsylvania. These professionals earn, on average, $48,890.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool – Pennsylvania’s 570 special education teachers in preschool settings earn an average salary of $54,160. Jobs in this field are projected to increase by a steady 8% through 2026.

City-Level Job Stats

It comes as little surprise that massive New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA leads the pack among PA’s metropolitan areas, not only for the number of early childhood education professionals, but also for salary. In some instances, salaries in this metro area exceed salaries in other parts of the state by more than $20,000.

Preschool Teachers

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 35,280 licensed teachers with an average salary of $49,140
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 9,400 licensed teachers with an average salary of $31,720
  • Pittsburgh, PA –1,720 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,370
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ – 960 licensed teachers with an average salary of $34,920
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre – 680 licensed teachers with an average salary of $25,510
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle – 530 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,600
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA – 410 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,280
  • Lancaster –470 licensed teachers with an average salary of $28,580
  • Erie – 300 licensed teachers with an average salary of $25,730
  • York-Hanover – 500 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,290
  • Reading – 460 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,450
  • Altoona – 150 licensed teachers with an average salary of $24,720
  • Williamsport – 100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $25,920
  • Johnstown –average salary of $27,060
  • Lebanon – 70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $23,530
  • State College – 170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $28,520

Kindergarten Teachers

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 7,360 licensed teachers with an average salary of $78,610
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 1,810 licensed teachers with an average salary of $59,670
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 470 licensed teachers with an average salary of $71,740
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ – 510 licensed teachers with an average salary of $74,950
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre – 170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $65,500
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle – 210 licensed teachers with an average salary of $53,830
  • Lancaster –average salary of $57,180
  • Erie – 90 licensed teachers with an average salary of $54,210
  • York-Hanover – average salary of $56,630
  • Reading – 160 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,470
  • Johnstown – 30 licensed teachers with an average salary of $54,470

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 3,880 licensed teachers with an average salary of $88,550
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $53,230

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 21,830 licensed teachers with an average salary of $78,460
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 4,980 licensed teachers with an average salary of $68,220
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 880 licensed teachers with an average salary of $66,030
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ – 860 licensed teachers with an average salary of $73,120
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre – 240 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,780
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle – 350 licensed teachers with an average salary of $59,140
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA – 270 licensed teachers with an average salary of $58,450
  • Lancaster –average salary of $62,360
  • Erie – 120 licensed teachers with an average salary of $55,180
  • York-Hanover – 240 licensed teachers with an average salary of $68,130
  • Reading – 260 licensed teachers with an average salary of $60,710
  • Altoona – 50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $50,210
  • Johnstown –average salary of $56,970

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA – 4,480 licensed teachers with an average salary of $80,030
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD – 1,580 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,920
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 560 licensed teachers with an average salary of $42,260
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ – 180 licensed teachers with an average salary of $42,650
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre – 100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,110
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle – 120 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,330
  • Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,210
  • Lancaster – 90 licensed teachers with an average salary of $44,500
  • Erie – 70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $43,280
  • York-Hanover – 70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $49,570
  • Reading –60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,330

 

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