|Quick Facts: Preschool Teachers|
$30,210 per year
$14.52 per hour
|15% (Much faster than average)|
What Preschool Teachers Do
Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten.
Preschool teachers typically work in public and private schools or childcare centers. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work year-round.
How to Become a Preschool Teacher
Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. Preschool teachers typically need at least an associate’s degree.
The median annual wage for preschool teachers was $30,210 in May 2021.
Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 63,100 openings for preschool teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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