Early Childhood Education Jobs in Texas

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Texas’ early childhood educators enjoy some of the highest salaries in the South, often surpassing average salaries in neighboring states, and throughout the U.S. In fact, Texas has been able to successfully recruit many educators from Oklahoma with its higher salaries. The relatively low cost of living in the Lone Star State also means that salaries for early childhood educators can go further, making jobs in this field even more attractive.

Texas Salary Rankings

#15

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#24

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

#25

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#23

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

#36

in the US for Childcare Workers

#25

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

Early Childhood Jobs in Texas

Texas ranks among the top five states in the nation in terms of the number of jobs for preschool teachers and others working within the broader field of early childhood education. The one exception is with the highly specialized role of special ed teachers working in preschool settings.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Childcare Workers 46,890 $22,150 eks90%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 34,790 $34,960 check102%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 19,510 $48,920 eks98%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 15,050 $54,780 eks94%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 13,470 $57,770 eks91%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 3,110 $48,640 eks90%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,030 $51,010 eks83%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

The state’s 15,000 kindergarten teachers earn Texas the top spot in the nation in terms of employment level, while the state’s 34,790 preschool teachers rank Texas as the second largest employer in the nation for early childhood educators.

Childcare Workers –  Texas’ 46,890 childcare workers earn an average salary of $22,150.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – There are 19,510 child, family, and school social workers employed in Texas. These professionals earn an average salary of $48,920, which is just slightly less than the national average of $49,760.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are 15,050 kindergarten teachers working in Texas earning an average salary of $54,780.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – Texas’ 34,790 preschool teachers earn an average salary of $34,960, which is slightly higher than the national average. The job outlook for this profession is bright, thanks to a projected increase of 10% in the number of jobs through 2026.

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School – There are 13,470 special education teachers in kindergarten and elementary school settings employed in Texas earning an impressive average salary of $57,770.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare –  There are 3,110 education administrators working in Texas. These professionals earn an average salary of $48,640. Jobs in this field are projected to increase by an impressive 11% through 2026.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool – Texas’ 1,030 special education teachers in preschool settings earn $51,010 on average.

City-Level Job Stats

The sheer number of early childhood educator jobs in Texas makes the Lone Star State a national standout. And among this state’s many metropolitan areas, the Dallas-Fort Worth region consistently lands on top among metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for professional working in all aspects of early childhood education.

El Paso also cements a spot among the top paying metro areas for preschool and childcare center education administrators, earning an average salary of $64,970.

 Preschool Teachers

  • Houston-Sugar Land-The Woodlands – 10,130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $35,150
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington – 11,870 licensed teachers with an average salary of $34,370
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels – 2,070 licensed teachers with an average salary of $37,660
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos – 3,470 licensed teachers with an average salary of $34,420
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission – 360 licensed teachers with an average salary of $39,040
  • El Paso – 850 licensed teachers with an average salary of $39,530
  • Brownsville-Harlingen – 360 licensed teachers with an average salary of $40,530
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood – 540 licensed teachers with an average salary of $31,870
  • Corpus Christi –300 licensed teachers with an average salary of $34,570
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur –average salary of $31,810
  • Lubbock – 600 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,330
  • Longview – 160 licensed teachers with an average salary of $49,390
  • Tyler – 260 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,060
  • College Station-Bryan – 300 licensed teachers with an average salary of $27,980
  • Abilene – 100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $34,170
  • Midland – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,360
  • Amarillo – 130 licensed teachers with an average salary of $29,360
  • Texarkana, TX-AR – 160 licensed teachers with an average salary of $24,710
  • Victoria –average salary of $31,850
  • Wichita Falls – 170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $32,040
  • Sherman-Denison –average salary of $28,830
  • San Angelo – 50licensed teachers with an average salary of $26,820
  • Odessa – 120 licensed teachers with an average salary of $30,270

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Houston-Sugar Land-The Woodlands – 3,680 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,270
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington – 4,690 licensed teachers with an average salary of $53,720
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels – 1,220 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,990
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos – 1,170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,820
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission – 270 licensed teachers with an average salary of $51,860
  • El Paso – 310 licensed teachers with an average salary of $72,030
  • Brownsville-Harlingen – 320 licensed teachers with an average salary of $52,750
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood – 170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,750
  • Corpus Christi –260 licensed teachers with an average salary of $62,020
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur –90 licensed teachers with an average salary of $51,720
  • Lubbock – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $41,400
  • Longview – 70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $43,960
  • Tyler – 50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,150
  • College Station-Bryan –110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,870
  • Abilene – 100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,380
  • Midland –average salary of $46,540
  • Waco – 140 licensed teachers with an average salary of $50,390
  • Victoria – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,830
  • Wichita Falls – 50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $45,270
  • Sherman-Denison –40 licensed teachers with an average salary of $49,620
  • San Angelo –60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,000
  • Odessa – 170 licensed teachers with an average salary of $51,350

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington – 380 licensed teachers with an average salary of $56,960
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels –average salary of $46,070
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos – 100 licensed teachers with an average salary of $38,180
  • Abilene – 60 licensed teachers with an average salary of $47,790

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Houston-Sugar Land-The Woodlands – 3,110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $60,560
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington – 4,690 licensed teachers with an average salary of $53,720
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels – 1,340 licensed teachers with an average salary of $60,130
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos – 1,110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $61,230
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission – 750 licensed teachers with an average salary of $55,620
  • El Paso – 330 licensed teachers with an average salary of $59,820
  • Brownsville-Harlingen – 180 licensed teachers with an average salary of $55,690
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood – 270 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,660
  • Corpus Christi –210 licensed teachers with an average salary of $62,630
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur –70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,280
  • Lubbock – 140 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,770
  • Longview – 70 licensed teachers with an average salary of $57,620
  • Tyler – 110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $49,710
  • College Station-Bryan – 150 licensed teachers with an average salary of $46,620
  • Midland –average salary of $55,410
  • Texarkana, TX-AR – 80 licensed teachers with an average salary of $45,630
  • Waco – 110 licensed teachers with an average salary of $50,190
  • Wichita Falls – 80 licensed teachers with an average salary of $48,580
  • Sherman-Denison –50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $67,300
  • San Angelo –50 licensed teachers with an average salary of $44,150

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Houston-Sugar Land-The Woodlands – 1,040 administrators with an average salary of $48,780
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington – 780 administrators with an average salary of $50,290
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels – 200 administrators with an average salary of $46,450
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos – 290 administrators with an average salary of $50,540
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission – 80 administrators with an average salary of $34,050
  • El Paso – 40 administrators with an average salary of $64,970
  • Brownsville-Harlingen – 70 administrators with an average salary of $41,540
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood – 80 administrators with an average salary of $53,450
  • Corpus Christi –average salary of $48,000
  • Lubbock – 50 administrators with an average salary of $54,370
  • College Station-Bryan – 30 administrators with an average salary of $41,770

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