Early Childhood Education Jobs in Texas

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Texas is the second-largest state, so perhaps its broad expanse is the reason for the broad range of salaries for early childhood education jobs. For preschool teacher salaries, Texas ranks at #11, and on average, preschool teachers earn about $29,000 a year. Several cities are good for preschool teachers to find work, but San Antonio and Austin are two of the best cities for any early childhood education worker to find a well-paying job. However, salaries for childcare workers and preschool education administrators remain low in comparison to the rest of the country.

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Texas Salary Rankings

#11

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#20

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#23

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#25

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

#35

in the US for Childcare Workers

#43

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Texas

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 56,480 $18,380 eks94%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 18,580 $29,050 check107%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 15,760 $37,290 eks90%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 12,590 $48,090 eks96%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 10,870 $50,100 eks93%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 2,680 $35,800 eks81%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 760 $51,860 eks99%
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
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,970 $18,030 eks92%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,720 $19,180 eks98%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 5,100 $18,030 eks92%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 5,080 $20,740 check106%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 1,520 $17,760 eks91%
El Paso, TX 1,440 $17,830 eks91%
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 1,270 $17,950 eks92%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 920 $17,620 eks90%
Corpus Christi, TX 740 $18,170 eks93%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 720 $17,880 eks92%
Lubbock, TX 720 $17,770 eks91%
Longview, TX 670 $17,910 eks92%
Tyler, TX 550 $18,280 eks94%
College Station-Bryan, TX 450 $17,830 eks91%
Abilene, TX 440 $17,920 eks92%
Midland, TX 440 $18,770 eks96%
Amarillo, TX 380 $17,850 eks91%
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 360 $17,840 eks91%
Waco, TX 340 $18,270 eks94%
Victoria, TX 220 $17,900 eks92%
Wichita Falls, TX 200 $18,420 eks94%
Sherman-Denison, TX 180 $17,610 eks90%
San Angelo, TX 170 $17,520 eks90%
Odessa, TX 110 $17,610 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
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 660 $41,100 eks94%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 580 $36,000 eks82%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 400 $30,800 eks70%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 190 $34,040 eks77%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 80 $29,780 eks68%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 80 $30,970 eks70%
El Paso, TX 50 $35,710 eks81%
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
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,410 $51,640 check103%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,430 $50,040 eks100%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,370 $45,410 eks91%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,020 $58,930 check118%
El Paso, TX 500 $50,910 check102%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 300 $45,770 eks91%
Corpus Christi, TX 270 $60,380 check120%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 220 $40,980 eks82%
Laredo, TX 150 $47,680 eks95%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 130 $44,390 eks89%
Longview, TX 120 $39,670 eks79%
Tyler, TX 100 $46,380 eks93%
Waco, TX 100 $43,260 eks86%
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 90 $40,780 eks81%
Lubbock, TX 60 $39,570 eks79%
Sherman-Denison, TX 60 $44,540 eks89%
Abilene, TX 50 $42,990 eks86%
Wichita Falls, TX 50 $41,450 eks83%
Amarillo, TX 40 $43,230 eks86%
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
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,860 $24,780 eks91%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,450 $25,040 eks92%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 2,080 $31,620 check117%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,400 $29,220 check108%
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 420 $40,280 check148%
El Paso, TX 410 $43,700 check161%
Lubbock, TX 300 $33,050 check122%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 280 $36,060 check133%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 270 $39,780 check147%
Wichita Falls, TX 190 $28,020 check103%
College Station-Bryan, TX 190 $34,210 check126%
Odessa, TX 190 $23,450 eks86%
Amarillo, TX 190 $18,990 eks70%
Longview, TX 170 $32,830 check121%
Tyler, TX 150 $42,280 check156%
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 100 $30,030 check111%
Victoria, TX 80 $44,530 check164%
Abilene, TX 70 $38,460 check142%
Sherman-Denison, TX 60 $24,270 eks89%
Midland, TX 60 $27,380 check101%
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
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,910 $53,800 eks100%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,280 $51,280 eks95%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 1,320 $45,810 eks85%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 890 $60,070 check112%
El Paso, TX 280 $48,740 eks91%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 240 $46,460 eks86%
Corpus Christi, TX 200 $60,520 check112%
Amarillo, TX 180 $46,200 eks86%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 150 $46,200 eks86%
College Station-Bryan, TX 130 $44,870 eks83%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 $46,480 eks86%
Longview, TX 90 $44,930 eks83%
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 70 $44,890 eks83%
Waco, TX 50 $45,610 eks85%
Wichita Falls, TX 40 $40,320 eks75%
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
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 390 $52,270 eks100%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 100 $67,500 check129%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 100 $50,040 eks95%
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 70 $46,240 eks88%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Data source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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