How Much do Kindergarten Teachers Make?

Do kindergarten teachers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for kindergarten teachers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, kindergarten teachers in the United States earn an average of $60,210 a year. Kindergarten teachers make 13% more than the average American worker.

Kindergarten teachers in Connecticut are the best paid, making $78,720 a year, while kindergarten teachers in Hawaii make the least at $37,570.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Kindergarten Teacher Wages by Percentile
Percentile Annually
90th $90,180
75th $71,470
50th $56,850
25th $45,720
10th $37,420
Kindergarten Teacher Wages by State

In what states do kindergarten teachers make the most? In what states do kindergarten teachers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Annually
Alabama $46,190
Alaska $65,420
Arizona $45,310
Arkansas $48,100
California $73,480
Colorado $50,920
Connecticut $78,720
Delaware $61,040
Florida $56,970
Georgia $57,490
Hawaii $37,570
Idaho $47,800
Illinois $57,810
Indiana $51,730
Iowa $51,720
Kansas $51,100
Kentucky $53,880
Louisiana $45,200
Maine $53,260
Maryland $70,240
Massachusetts $77,970
Michigan $60,320
Minnesota $62,410
Mississippi $45,510
Missouri $52,670
Montana $51,900
Nebraska $60,030
Nevada $56,070
New Hampshire $58,030
New Jersey $68,800
New Mexico $52,290
New York $78,140
North Carolina $48,700
North Dakota $55,290
Ohio $58,960
Oklahoma $45,360
Oregon $74,700
Pennsylvania $66,160
Rhode Island $78,180
South Carolina $54,710
South Dakota $43,060
Tennessee $50,390
Texas $55,340
Utah $64,710
Vermont $57,340
Virginia $68,720
Washington $63,710
West Virginia $46,980
Wisconsin $58,060
Wyoming $57,420
Metro Areas Where Kindergarten Teachers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Annually
Merced, CA $97,220
Modesto, CA $91,230
Kingston, NY $89,850
Redding, CA $87,720
Bloomington, IL $84,820
Bridgeport, CT $84,270
Bakersfield, CA $84,030
Los Angeles, CA $83,610
Visalia, CA $81,160
Santa Barbara, CA $80,700
Kindergarten Teacher Wages by Year
Year Annually
2019 $60,210
2018 $58,370
2017 $57,110
2016 $55,460
2015 $54,510
2014 $53,480
2013 $52,840
2012 $53,030
2011 $52,350