Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification. Exclude "Child Care Workers" (39-9011) and "Special Education Teachers" (25-2041 through 25-2043).

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Industry profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
367,300 1.5 % $10.45 $21,730 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.46 $7.54 $9.26 $12.13 $16.30
Annual Wage (2) $13,430 $15,690 $19,270 $25,230 $33,900

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Child day care services 261,390 $9.38 $19,510 1 29
Elementary and secondary schools 52,980 $15.14 $31,500 2 3
Individual and family services 13,880 $10.44 $21,720 3 20
Local government (OES designation) 5,760 $12.59 $26,190 4 8
Civic and social organizations 5,610 $9.97 $20,740 5 25

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Business, computer and management training 150 $16.42 $34,140 23 1
Educational support services 50 $15.23 $31,670 29 2
Elementary and secondary schools 52,980 $15.14 $31,500 2 3
Technical and trade schools 100 $14.43 $30,020 25 4
Junior colleges 1,590 $14.35 $29,850 11 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Utah 4,790 $9.57 $19,900 0.459% 530
North Carolina 16,700 $8.51 $17,710 0.450% 624
Connecticut 7,240 $12.12 $25,210 0.441% 495
Georgia 16,640 $9.46 $19,680 0.440% 587
Massachusetts 13,860 $11.63 $24,180 0.433% 564

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 28,270 $12.93 $26,900 0.341% 525
Alaska 780 $12.53 $26,060 0.272% 370
New Jersey 11,820 $12.32 $25,630 0.306% 548
Vermont 710 $12.32 $25,620 0.242% 355
District of Columbia 1,420 $12.22 $25,420 0.239% 346

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Greenville, NC MSA 490 $7.92 $16,470 0.737%
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 310 $7.74 $16,110 0.711%
Manchester, NH PMSA 720 $9.40 $19,560 0.706%
Goldsboro, NC MSA 290 $7.43 $15,460 0.677%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 440 $7.00 $14,550 0.674%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hagerstown, MD PMSA 90 $16.70 $34,740 0.140%
New York, NY PMSA 13,980 $15.51 $32,260 0.350%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 370 $14.78 $30,750 0.215%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 160 $13.73 $28,560 0.271%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 2,310 $13.54 $28,170 0.365%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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