Early Childhood Education Jobs in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania offers a variety of options for early childhood education workers, with urban, rural, and suburban landscapes spread throughout the state. The state ranks among the top 20 for salaries for special education teachers and kindergarten teachers. Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Reading are among the best locations for finding high-paying work in early childhood education. For other types of work, like child care and education administration, Pennsylvania’s salary ranking lands just about in the middle, compared to other states.

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Pennsylvania Salary Rankings

#16

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

#16

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#22

in the US for Childcare Workers

#26

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#27

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#31

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in Pennsylvania

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 29,560 $19,460 eks100%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 16,520 $37,550 eks90%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 12,760 $24,410 eks90%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 9,930 $55,340 check103%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6,210 $51,870 check103%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 2,170 $40,980 eks93%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 170 $44,530 eks85%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 61,680 $25,650 check131%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 15,660 $20,450 check105%
Pittsburgh, PA 4,760 $19,350 eks99%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 2,450 $19,360 eks99%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 1,260 $18,120 eks93%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,190 $20,540 check105%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 990 $18,990 eks97%
Lancaster, PA 910 $19,350 eks99%
Erie, PA 780 $18,250 eks94%
York-Hanover, PA 750 $19,270 eks99%
Reading, PA 720 $20,710 check106%
Altoona, PA 420 $17,900 eks92%
Williamsport, PA 410 $17,960 eks92%
Johnstown, PA 390 $18,180 eks93%
Lebanon, PA 230 $18,220 eks93%
State College, PA 230 $17,910 eks92%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4,500 $62,960 check143%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,400 $42,520 eks97%
Pittsburgh, PA 330 $42,410 eks96%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 120 $26,720 eks61%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 100 $35,750 eks81%
Erie, PA 90 $38,830 eks88%
Lancaster, PA 70 $37,980 eks86%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 70 $39,680 eks90%
York-Hanover, PA 60 $34,750 eks79%
Reading, PA 50 $45,070 check103%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 10,300 $72,680 check145%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,910 $52,640 check105%
Pittsburgh, PA 1,200 $51,410 check103%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 540 $59,360 check118%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 340 $52,450 check105%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 290 $54,080 check108%
York-Hanover, PA 210 $56,080 check112%
Reading, PA 180 $62,730 check125%
Erie, PA 150 $43,300 eks86%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 150 $52,490 check105%
State College, PA 120 $40,910 eks82%
Altoona, PA 90 $56,190 check112%
Lebanon, PA 40 $61,880 check123%
Williamsport, PA 30 $59,360 check118%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 27,560 $34,640 check128%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,670 $24,410 eks90%
Pittsburgh, PA 2,530 $23,590 eks87%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 640 $22,510 eks83%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 600 $22,460 eks83%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 580 $21,740 eks80%
Lancaster, PA 400 $27,940 check103%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 390 $23,290 eks86%
York-Hanover, PA 280 $27,330 check101%
Reading, PA 280 $32,980 check122%
Erie, PA 240 $30,770 check113%
State College, PA 210 $24,250 eks89%
Johnstown, PA 140 $18,860 eks70%
Altoona, PA 100 $21,230 eks78%
Williamsport, PA 60 $19,270 eks71%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 20,430 $68,660 check128%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,970 $59,660 check111%
Pittsburgh, PA 2,250 $45,810 eks85%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 810 $57,840 check107%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 550 $55,520 check103%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 380 $55,260 check103%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 360 $52,210 eks97%
Reading, PA 350 $57,780 check107%
York-Hanover, PA 280 $77,280 check144%
Lancaster, PA 280 $56,460 check105%
Williamsport, PA 120 $58,480 check109%
Johnstown, PA 80 $49,710 eks92%
Lebanon, PA 60 $57,590 check107%
State College, PA 50 $50,020 eks93%
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
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4,650 $60,780 check116%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 $57,470 check110%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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