Early Childhood Education Jobs in South Carolina

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Early childhood education jobs in South Carolina are really a mixed bag. They rank among the top 15 for kindergarten teacher salaries. Pay for special education teachers at the elementary and preschool levels is about average. Columbia and Charleston are among the best cities for kindergarten teachers to find high-paying jobs. Even so, South Carolina ranks last in the country for preschool teacher salaries.

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South Carolina Salary Rankings

#15

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#29

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

#31

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#43

in the US for Childcare Workers

#44

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#51

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Early Childhood Jobs in South Carolina

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 6,920 $18,070 eks93%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 4,310 $31,850 eks77%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 3,470 $20,710 eks76%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,560 $51,910 check104%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 2,330 $48,990 eks91%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 480 $34,720 eks79%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 150 $40,950 eks78%
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%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 1,200 $19,050 eks98%
Columbia, SC 1,140 $18,100 eks93%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,040 $17,490 eks90%
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 750 $18,030 eks92%
Spartanburg, SC 610 $18,540 eks95%
Florence, SC 400 $17,710 eks91%
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 380 $17,660 eks91%
Sumter, SC 380 $17,670 eks91%
Anderson, SC 180 $17,870 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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 390 $35,560 eks81%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 80 $35,640 eks81%
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 80 $38,280 eks87%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 60 $58,360 check133%
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 40 $34,730 eks79%
Spartanburg, SC 40 $70,250 check160%
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%
Columbia, SC 610 $55,560 check111%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 350 $52,240 check104%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 290 $56,230 check112%
Spartanburg, SC 200 $51,250 check102%
Florence, SC 140 $50,180 eks100%
Anderson, SC 100 $50,480 check101%
Sumter, SC 50 $42,530 eks85%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 2,040 $23,730 eks87%
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 760 $18,760 eks69%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 610 $21,510 eks79%
Columbia, SC 470 $19,920 eks73%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 450 $22,530 eks83%
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 190 $22,050 eks81%
Florence, SC 50 $28,410 check105%
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%
Columbia, SC 530 $50,240 eks93%
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 440 $47,490 eks88%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 380 $45,840 eks85%
Spartanburg, SC 240 $43,780 eks81%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 190 $46,370 eks86%
Florence, SC 160 $47,530 eks88%
Anderson, SC 90 $46,610 eks87%
Sumter, SC 40 $48,520 eks90%
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
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 70 $38,120 eks73%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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