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Kindergarten Teachers

Kindergarten teachers teach children from four to six years of age numbers, letter recognition, phonics and offer a simple review of nature and science. A kindergarten teacher helps children advance mentally and socially. They help kindergartners learn to communicate and play with other kids.

Kindergarten teachers provide hands-on-learning and playtime. They give children constructive outlets for their curiosity about various topics. Kindergarten instructors utilize music, games, computers, books, artwork and other tools to teach children basic skills.

Responsibilities

  • Provide Kindergartners with resources and materials they may use for exploration, learning activities and for play
  • Teach basic skills including numbers, letter recognition, colors and shapes
  • Attend meetings of the parent-teacher association and the school board
  • Teach social skills and personal hygiene
  • Discuss with parents their children's progress
  • Monitor and evaluate children's behavior, performance, physical health and social development
  • Establish and enforce rules of behavior
  • Prepare children for later grades
  • Plan and oversee activities
  • Demonstrate activities to Kindergartners

Job Characteristics

Most school districts use an all-day Kindergarten system, however some Kindergarten instructors still teach two Kindergarten classes per day. They sometimes develop lesson plans during after school hours. Sometimes Kindergarten teachers attend late-day meetings. Most Kindergarten teachers work the basic 10-month school year and have a two month summer vacation.

Kindergarten instructors often have to deal with a fast pace. They may occasionally have to deal with unruly children. Kindergarten teachers often get satisfaction in their job by watching the kindergartners advance in their skills and advance socially.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 16 percent growth in employment for Kindergarten teachers from 2006 to 2016. The growth rate will vary by region. In 2008 the median annual salary for Kindergarten teachers was $47,100.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The traditional path for getting a job teaching in public schools is earning a bachelor's degree form a teacher education program and acquiring a license. However, most states provide alterative paths to licensure for people that have a college degree in other subjects. Private school teachers typically need a bachelor's degree but do not have to be licensed.

Education programs for Kindergarten teachers include classes created for those that are preparing to teach. Classes include physical science, literature mathematics, art, music and social science. They also take professional education courses including psychology of learning, philosophy of education and teaching methods.

The Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education provide accreditation for teacher education programs. Graduating from an accredited program is not required for becoming a teacher, however, it may make it easier to fulfill licensure requirements.

Many states provide professional development schools which are partnerships of elementary or secondary schools and universities. These schools combine practice and theory and provide students the opportunity to be involved in a year of teaching under professional guidance. Students may participate in these one year programs after they earn a bachelor's degree.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employers are public schools and private schools.

Schools for Kindergarten Teachers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Kindergarten Teachers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Kindergarten Teachers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 300 $47,650
Birmingham 300 $47,650
Huntsville 220 $46,590
Decatur 130 $54,110
Montgomery 120 $47,560
Mobile 120 $47,740
Dothan 80 $44,840
Auburn 80 $50,130
Opelika 80 $50,130
Muscle Shoals 40 $48,660
Florence 40 $48,660
Tuscaloosa N/A $41,950
Jacksonville N/A $47,060
Anniston N/A $47,060
Oxford N/A $47,060
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fairbanks 330 $78,650
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2240 $41,300
Mesa 2240 $41,300
Phoenix 2240 $41,300
Tucson 310 $36,510
Yuma 170 $38,510
Flagstaff 100 $43,280
Lake Havasu City 70 $37,380
Kingman 70 $37,380
Prescott 60 $40,680
Douglas 60 $43,360
Sierra Vista 60 $43,360
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 480 $44,540
North Little Rock 480 $44,540
Little Rock 480 $44,540
Jonesboro 110 $44,940
Pine Bluff 80 $40,220
Hot Springs 50 $48,200
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 4930 $62,170
Long Beach 4930 $62,170
Anaheim 4930 $62,170
San Bernardino 2330 $69,270
Riverside 2330 $69,270
Ontario 2330 $69,270
San Francisco 2220 $61,030
Hayward 2220 $61,030
Oakland 2220 $61,030
Roseville 1440 $61,460
Arcade 1440 $61,460
Sacramento 1440 $61,460
Arden 1440 $61,460
Carlsbad 1020 $59,080
San Diego 1020 $59,080
Sunnyvale 1000 $66,080
Santa Clara 1000 $66,080
San Jose 1000 $66,080
Lodi 560 $67,260
Stockton 560 $67,260
Porterville 490 $65,620
Visalia 490 $65,620
Fresno 480 $63,490
Bakersfield 470 $67,700
Oxnard 460 $67,530
Ventura 460 $67,530
Thousand Oaks 460 $67,530
Modesto 330 $70,390
Santa Barbara 320 $69,740
Santa Maria 320 $69,740
Salinas 280 $59,940
Merced 230 $60,720
El Centro 150 $66,430
Arroyo Grande 150 $72,510
Paso Robles 150 $72,510
San Luis Obispo 150 $72,510
Yuba City 110 $68,180
Corcoran 100 $64,640
Hanford 100 $64,640
Chico 80 $46,020
Fairfield N/A $59,090
Vallejo N/A $59,090
Santa Cruz N/A $62,550
Watsonville N/A $62,550
Santa Rosa N/A $66,660
Madera N/A $68,550
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1910 $48,770
Lakewood 1910 $48,770
Denver 1910 $48,770
Colorado Springs 510 $42,330
Fort Collins 210 $46,540
Boulder 210 $53,130
Greeley 150 $44,250
Pueblo 80 $42,370
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 520 $76,680
Stamford 520 $76,680
Bridgeport 520 $76,680
Hartford 510 $68,850
East Hartford 510 $68,850
West Hartford 510 $68,850
New Haven 380 $66,910
Danbury 130 $63,530
Waterbury 100 $79,450
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $55,620
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3400 $45,710
Fort Lauderdale 3400 $45,710
Miami 3400 $45,710
Clearwater 1600 $43,380
Tampa 1600 $43,380
St. Petersburg 1600 $43,380
Kissimmee 1410 $45,580
Sanford 1410 $45,580
Orlando 1410 $45,580
Jacksonville 970 $53,690
Winter Haven 420 $43,420
Lakeland 420 $43,420
Fort Myers 370 $44,990
Cape Coral 370 $44,990
Bradenton 330 $47,530
Sarasota 330 $47,530
North Port 330 $47,530
Palm Bay 320 $41,160
Titusville 320 $41,160
Melbourne 320 $41,160
Port St. Lucie 300 $48,630
Ferry Pass 260 $47,260
Pensacola 260 $47,260
Brent 260 $47,260
Tallahassee 250 $42,970
Marco Island 230 $48,140
Immokalee 230 $48,140
Naples 230 $48,140
Gainesville 150 $41,820
Panama City 140 N/A
Sebastian 90 $48,130
Vero Beach 90 $48,130
Deltona 80 $42,730
Ormond Beach 80 $42,730
Daytona Beach 80 $42,730
Punta Gorda 70 $55,170
Ocala N/A $48,000
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3010 $53,750
Atlanta 3010 $53,750
Roswell 3010 $53,750
Savannah 280 $51,920
Gainesville 150 $57,800
Athens 120 $54,930
Clarke County 120 $54,930
Valdosta 90 $48,760
Brunswick 80 $70,380
Hinesville 50 $51,260
Albany N/A $48,150
Macon N/A $53,200
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 80 $44,900
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 210 $48,230
Idaho Falls 40 $34,860
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 200 $47,200
Springfield 150 $48,620
Bloomington 140 $48,670
Urbana 90 $44,570
Champaign 90 $44,570
Decatur 80 $52,320
Rockford 70 $59,220
Danville 50 N/A
Marion 40 $46,530
Carbondale 40 $46,530
Kankakee 30 $45,280
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 600 $44,680
Indianapolis 600 $44,680
Carmel 600 $44,680
Fort Wayne 230 $45,020
Goshen 110 $45,830
Elkhart 110 $45,830
Terre Haute 50 $37,930
Columbus 40 $50,030
Bloomington 40 $52,360
La Porte 30 $51,360
Michigan City 30 $51,360
Kokomo N/A $45,790
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 200 $53,070
West Des Moines 200 $53,070
Iowa City 80 $45,540
Cedar Rapids 70 $53,280
Dubuque 40 $39,090
Cedar Falls 30 $47,150
Waterloo 30 $47,150
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 330 $45,770
Topeka 160 $48,760
Lawrence 50 $43,750
Manhattan 50 $43,780
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 230 $53,700
Fayette 230 $53,700
Bowling Green 90 $48,050
Fort Knox 90 $56,040
Elizabethtown 90 $56,040
Owensboro 80 $49,870
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 670 $48,170
New Orleans 670 $48,170
Baton Rouge 430 $48,540
Bossier City 320 $49,120
Shreveport 320 $49,120
Lafayette 270 $46,570
Monroe 120 $48,070
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 250 $56,920
Portland 250 $56,920
Bangor 80 $51,160
Auburn 70 $41,720
Lewiston 70 $41,720
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1120 $55,320
Columbia 1120 $55,320
Baltimore 1120 $55,320
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 100 $70,950
New Bedford 70 $68,910
Gardner 50 $70,510
Leominster 50 $70,510
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1180 $50,010
Detroit 1180 $50,010
Dearborn 1180 $50,010
Ann Arbor 140 $58,720
Lansing 130 $48,590
East Lansing 130 $48,590
Flint 120 $51,560
Muskegon 90 $51,790
Portage 70 $54,260
Kalamazoo 70 $54,260
Benton Harbor 40 $52,180
Niles 40 $52,180
Monroe 40 $54,370
Jackson 30 $29,700
Wyoming N/A $60,940
Grand Rapids N/A $60,940
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 120 $50,880
Rochester 110 $46,280
North Mankato 30 $46,420
Mankato 30 $46,420
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 280 $38,280
Gulfport 200 $43,220
Pascagoula 200 $43,220
Biloxi 200 $43,220
Hattiesburg 50 $40,290
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $39,390
Joplin N/A $41,350
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 60 $48,490
Great Falls 40 $47,050
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 170 $50,200
Grand Island 100 $54,020
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 830 $48,490
Henderson 830 $48,490
Las Vegas 830 $48,490
Reno 230 $48,070
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 140 $50,100
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 190 $57,840
Atlantic City 140 $60,550
Hammonton 140 $60,550
Vineland 110 $61,060
Bridgeton 110 $61,060
Ocean City 50 $61,270
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 410 $60,560
Farmington 320 $47,770
Santa Fe 50 $70,600
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 610 $59,800
Buffalo 610 $59,800
Cheektowaga 610 $59,800
Rochester 460 $56,800
Albany 390 $58,580
Schenectady 390 $58,580
Troy 390 $58,580
Syracuse 210 $59,900
Binghamton 160 $58,280
Rome 140 $57,690
Utica 140 $57,690
Elmira 100 $58,180
Kingston 70 $74,900
Glens Falls 60 $61,120
Ithaca 40 $52,030
Fort Drum N/A $46,730
Watertown N/A $46,730
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 760 $43,960
Chapel Hill 300 $42,060
Durham 300 $42,060
Salem 290 $39,180
Winston 290 $39,180
Fayetteville 260 $37,190
Greensboro 260 $43,530
High Point 260 $43,530
Asheville 170 $42,200
Rocky Mount 60 $38,760
Wilmington 30 N/A
Burlington N/A $37,300
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 120 $46,280
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1240 $50,810
Elyria 1190 $47,560
Cleveland 1190 $47,560
Dayton 740 $52,910
Toledo 310 $65,900
Massillon 180 $55,000
Canton 180 $55,000
Akron 170 $51,060
Lima 120 $53,080
Springfield 40 $49,950
Mansfield N/A $50,730
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 740 $38,100
Tulsa 640 $49,040
Lawton 90 $36,660
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 80 $50,240
Medford 80 $52,620
Salem 80 $53,890
Bend 50 $58,870
Redmond 50 $58,870
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 970 $51,010
Barre 300 $51,020
Wilkes 300 $51,020
Scranton 300 $51,020
Hazleton 300 $51,020
York 280 $45,790
Hanover 280 $45,790
Carlisle 250 $48,400
Harrisburg 250 $48,400
Reading 180 $56,550
Lancaster 150 $50,400
Erie 110 $47,920
East Stroudsburg 110 $63,240
Williamsport 70 $47,190
Johnstown 70 $49,300
Bloomsburg 40 $46,270
Berwick 40 $46,270
Altoona 40 $49,000
Lebanon 30 $55,550
Waynesboro N/A $46,500
Chambersburg N/A $46,500
State College N/A $54,670
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 110 $18,260
Carolina 110 $18,260
San Juan 110 $18,260
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 490 $53,770
Mauldin 490 $53,770
Greenville 490 $53,770
Columbia 410 $49,900
North Charleston 290 $49,820
Charleston 290 $49,820
Florence 160 $49,870
Spartanburg 160 $58,690
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 200 $40,690
Rapid City 80 $46,300
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 1000 $55,650
Davidson 1000 $55,650
Murfreesboro 1000 $55,650
Nashville 1000 $55,650
Knoxville 540 $46,330
Johnson City 90 $45,600
Cleveland 90 $47,180
Jackson 70 $45,170
Morristown 70 $45,940
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 4480 $53,530
Arlington 4480 $53,530
Fort Worth 4480 $53,530
The Woodlands 4180 $53,780
Sugar Land 4180 $53,780
Houston 4180 $53,780
San Antonio 1230 $53,580
New Braunfels 1230 $53,580
Austin 870 $47,060
Round Rock 870 $47,060
Mission 500 $51,110
McAllen 500 $51,110
Edinburg 500 $51,110
El Paso 490 $50,220
Brownsville 310 $46,390
Harlingen 310 $46,390
Killeen 290 $54,480
Temple 290 $54,480
Corpus Christi 250 $62,070
Waco 190 $47,630
Midland 150 $48,910
Port Arthur 140 $47,700
Beaumont 140 $47,700
Odessa 130 $47,490
Longview 120 $42,720
Lubbock 80 $37,950
Denison 80 $46,440
Sherman 80 $46,440
San Angelo 70 $44,420
Tyler 70 $45,550
Victoria 70 $46,060
Wichita Falls 60 $42,470
College Station 60 $44,200
Bryan 60 $44,200
Abilene 50 $40,330
Amarillo 50 $45,700
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 220 $39,270
Orem 110 $43,110
Provo 110 $43,110
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $59,380
Burlington 120 $59,380
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 920 $55,920
Lynchburg 160 $44,790
Charlottesville 160 $47,080
Roanoke 130 $48,060
Blacksburg 100 $60,180
Radford 100 $60,180
Christiansburg 100 $60,180
Harrisonburg 80 $45,420
Waynesboro 80 $47,340
Staunton 80 $47,340
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 2110 $56,390
Tacoma 2110 $56,390
Bellevue 2110 $56,390
Spokane 330 $56,010
Spokane Valley 330 $56,010
Richland 240 $53,890
Kennewick 240 $53,890
Yakima 230 $51,430
Tumwater 150 $53,070
Olympia 150 $53,070
Bremerton 120 $59,580
Silverdale 120 $59,580
Bellingham 100 $58,700
Wenatchee 80 $53,180
Mount Vernon 70 $57,940
Anacortes 70 $57,940
Longview 60 $54,110
Walla Walla 40 $59,040
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 170 $46,350
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 340 $54,440
Milwaukee 340 $54,440
Waukesha 340 $54,440
Madison 320 $48,630
Eau Claire 160 $40,350
Appleton 160 $47,690
Green Bay 60 $50,470
Racine N/A $43,300

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Kindergarten Teachers

To find out more about building a career as Kindergarten Teachers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Kindergarten Teachers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 165,130 94% $47,860
Social Service 8,380 4% $28,680
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