Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
354,800 1.6 % $11.51 $23,940 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.93 $8.08 $10.09 $13.15 $17.52
Annual Wage (2) $14,400 $16,800 $20,980 $27,340 $36,440

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Child day care services 248,670 $9.96 $20,720
Elementary and secondary schools 56,500 $17.68 $36,770
Individual and family services 13,090 $11.80 $24,550
Civic and social organizations 7,090 $10.66 $22,160
Religious organizations 6,440 $11.61 $24,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and secondary schools 56,500 $17.68 $36,770
Educational support services 130 $17.65 $36,720
Junior colleges 1,750 $16.94 $35,240
Colleges and universities 1,690 $15.12 $31,450
Employment services 720 $14.00 $29,130

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
North Carolina 18,670 $8.84 $18,380 0.502%
Massachusetts 13,370 $13.15 $27,350 0.428%
Connecticut 6,720 $12.28 $25,540 0.411%
Oklahoma 5,740 $9.20 $19,130 0.404%
New Hampshire 2,440 $11.02 $22,930 0.398%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Rhode Island 1,480 $13.84 $28,780 0.308%
New Jersey 11,900 $13.76 $28,630 0.307%
Alaska 480 $13.55 $28,190 0.164%
Massachusetts 13,370 $13.15 $27,350 0.428%
District of Columbia 1,510 $12.96 $26,950 0.250%

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 500 $8.23 $17,120 0.765%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 520 $7.34 $15,260 0.755%
Goldsboro, NC MSA 300 $7.73 $16,070 0.693%
Fayetteville, NC MSA 720 $7.48 $15,550 0.656%
Wilmington, NC MSA 730 $8.75 $18,200 0.654%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 14,580 $22.47 $46,750 0.366%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 710 $17.14 $35,650 0.297%
Hagerstown, MD PMSA 100 $16.05 $33,390 0.156%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 510 $15.70 $32,660 0.272%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 80 $15.68 $32,620 0.104%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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: June 02, 2005

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