How Much do Preschool Teachers Make in California?

Do preschool teachers in California make a lot of money? What is the average pay for California preschool teachers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool teachers in California earn an average of $37,990 a year, equivalent to $18.27 an hour.

This is 10% more than preschool teachers nationwide, but it is 38% less than the typical California worker.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
California Preschool Teacher Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $25.83 $53,720
75th $21.24 $44,170
50th $16.83 $35,000
25th $13.86 $28,820
10th $12.30 $25,590
California Preschool Teachers Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bakersfield $16.48 $34,270
Chico $15.02 $31,250
El Centro $22.37 $46,540
Fresno $16.86 $35,080
Los Angeles $17.12 $35,620
Merced $20.13 $41,860
Modesto $23.17 $48,190
Napa $19.17 $39,880
Oxnard $16.58 $34,490
Redding $14.40 $29,940
Riverside $17.05 $35,460
Sacramento $16.09 $33,470
Salinas $17.60 $36,600
San Diego $17.73 $36,890
San Francisco $21.66 $45,050
San Jose $19.56 $40,690
San Luis Obispo $16.34 $33,990
Santa Barbara $17.67 $36,750
Santa Cruz $19.13 $39,800
Santa Rosa $17.83 $37,090
Stockton $18.33 $38,120
Vallejo $19.91 $41,420
Visalia $19.69 $40,960
Yuba City $16.74 $34,830
California Preschool Teacher Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $18.27 $37,990
2018 $18.20 $37,850
2017 $17.67 $36,760
2016 $17.18 $35,740
2015 $16.48 $34,280
2014 $16.38 $34,070
2013 $16.46 $34,240
2012 $16.18 $33,640
2011 $15.57 $32,380