Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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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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)
368,870 1.7 % $10.67 $22,190 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.57 $7.71 $9.53 $12.51 $16.59
Annual Wage (2) $13,670 $16,040 $19,820 $26,010 $34,500

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 263,500 $9.58 $19,930 1 28
Elementary and secondary schools 54,700 $15.21 $31,640 2 3
Individual and family services 13,370 $10.79 $22,440 3 22
Civic and social organizations 5,480 $10.30 $21,420 4 26
Local government (OES designation) 5,180 $12.90 $26,830 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Business, computer and management training 200 $16.47 $34,260 22 1
Educational support services 80 $15.88 $33,030 27 2
Elementary and secondary schools 54,700 $15.21 $31,640 2 3
Junior colleges 1,720 $14.62 $30,410 11 4
Colleges and universities 2,130 $14.15 $29,440 10 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
North Carolina 17,450 $8.78 $18,260 0.471% 669
Massachusetts 13,970 $11.89 $24,740 0.440% 611
Utah 4,460 $9.15 $19,030 0.428% 593
Connecticut 6,770 $12.26 $25,500 0.413% 545
New Hampshire 2,480 $10.41 $21,660 0.410% 531

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 11,910 $13.33 $27,720 0.308% 549
Rhode Island 1,360 $12.93 $26,890 0.287% 405
New York 28,520 $12.70 $26,420 0.345% 589
Alaska 870 $12.32 $25,620 0.298% 425
Minnesota 6,240 $12.30 $25,590 0.240% 578

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
Great Falls, MT MSA 250 $7.49 $15,580 0.789%
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 320 $7.61 $15,840 0.768%
Goldsboro, NC MSA 310 $7.52 $15,650 0.750%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 650 $13.12 $27,280 0.716%
Greenville, NC MSA 450 $8.54 $17,770 0.702%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hagerstown, MD PMSA 90 $17.03 $35,420 0.150%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 760 $15.44 $32,110 0.385%
New York, NY PMSA 13,030 $15.26 $31,750 0.328%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 2,460 $15.24 $31,700 0.385%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 340 $15.12 $31,460 0.192%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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