Early Childhood Education Jobs in Tennessee

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Tennessee has beautiful countryside and is known for agriculture, but the state does not have many high-paying jobs for early education workers. The average salaries for kindergarten teachers and child care workers are closest to the national average, at approximately $44,000 and $18,000, respectively. Chattanooga and Memphis are where many of the higher-paying jobs are. But overall, salaries for early childhood education jobs in Tennessee are on the very low side in comparison with the rest of the nation.

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Tennessee Salary Rankings

#32

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#40

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

#45

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#45

in the US for Childcare Workers

#48

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Tennessee

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 12,960 $18,040 eks92%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 7,380 $22,310 eks82%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 4,970 $44,820 eks89%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 4,780 $34,820 eks84%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 4,650 $45,140 eks84%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 950 $31,990 eks73%
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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 4,330 $18,490 eks95%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,950 $17,910 eks92%
Knoxville, TN 1,370 $17,840 eks91%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,100 $17,860 eks92%
Clarksville, TN-KY 850 $17,680 eks91%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 460 $18,000 eks92%
Johnson City, TN 370 $17,700 eks91%
Jackson, TN 240 $17,680 eks91%
Cleveland, TN 120 $17,590 eks90%
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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 290 $30,200 eks69%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 240 $34,310 eks78%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 90 $34,000 eks77%
Knoxville, TN 90 $28,810 eks66%
Clarksville, TN-KY 40 $29,850 eks68%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 40 $31,570 eks72%
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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 1,340 $43,360 eks87%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 970 $52,020 check104%
Knoxville, TN 540 $44,440 eks89%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 370 $52,320 check104%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 200 $46,080 eks92%
Johnson City, TN 140 $42,550 eks85%
Jackson, TN 90 $40,230 eks80%
Morristown, TN 90 $42,340 eks84%
Cleveland, TN 80 $46,330 eks92%
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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 2,290 $22,520 eks83%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,050 $21,400 eks79%
Knoxville, TN 620 $21,590 eks80%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 480 $22,900 eks84%
Jackson, TN 240 $19,150 eks71%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 190 $24,770 eks91%
Morristown, TN 170 $29,620 check109%
Johnson City, TN 70 $31,390 check116%
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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 1,310 $36,920 eks69%
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,020 $53,340 eks99%
Knoxville, TN 540 $46,550 eks86%
Chattanooga, TN-GA 370 $55,920 check104%
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 180 $46,430 eks86%
Johnson City, TN 90 $44,670 eks83%
Jackson, TN 80 $45,200 eks84%
Morristown, TN 40 $43,180 eks80%
Cleveland, TN 40 $42,800 eks80%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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