Published data show that workforce compensation varies based on role and the setting in which an Early Educator works.
The average salary for child care providers in 2007 was $19,030. In 2008, the average salary increased only by $60 to $19,090, with hourly pay reported at $9.18; up one cent from 2007 (NACRRA).
Learn more! What Child Care Providers Earn
Head Start Staff
The average salary for a Head Start teacher in 2009 was $23,561. In 2008, it was $23,177 (CLASP PIR Profiles).
Compensation in Head Start programs includes salary, bonuses, periodic payments, severance pay, the value of any vacation time, the value of a compensatory or paid leave benefit not excluded by subparagraph (B), and the fair market value of any employee perquisite or benefit not excluded by subparagraph (B) and excludes any Head Start agency expenditure for a health, medical, life insurance, disability, retirement, or any other employee welfare or pension benefit.
PreK Teacher Compensation
The minimum compensation for a PreKteacher with up to one year of experience working in a non-public school program was $26,260 – $26,680 and may include salary, salary plus health OR retirement benefits or salary plus health AND retirement benefits (based on 05-06 NCDPI Teacher Salary Schedule).
Public School Teacher (Licensed)
A licensed public school teacher in North Carolina, with up to one year of experience working is scheduled to earn $30,430 over a 10-month period (NCDPI).
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To view current salaries, click on the links below. A directory of early childhood careers and education and compensation levels may be downloaded from here.
In North Carolina, the minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage.
Wage & Hour Law - Adhering to state and federal Wage and Hour Laws is critical for attracting and retaining early are and education and school age care professionals. Contact the NC Department of Labor (www.nclabor.com) and visit the link above for more information.
Wage & Hour Tip Sheets
Developed with help from the NC Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Bureau and the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
Salary supplements are a critical workforce support that reduces turnover and supports increased education levels for early childhood teachers working in regulated programs. Salary supplements are needed statewide. Salary supplements through Child Care WAGE$ provide increases based on education earned. The supplements in turn help committed teachers remain in the field and support hundreds of small businesses retain their educated teachers.
While salary supplements are a proven strategy that benefits our state, teachers, children, families and communities they are not available to all early childhood teachers due to limited funding allocated to this vital support.
Child Care WAGE$ Materials
Workforce turnover rates for those working directly with young children vary based on program auspice (i.e. center, home, Head Start, etc.) and the types of supports provided. For example, those working in a regulated program and receiving a salary supplement through Child Care WAGE$® had turnover rate of only 15% in North Carolina in 2008-2009; an overall significant improvement compared to the 31% full time teacher turnover rate in our state prior to the implementation of WAGE$.
In 2008, Head Start programs also reported staff turnover at a rate of 15%.
Benefits for Certified Early Educators
Together as a certified profession we save on hundreds of every day purchases from early childhood supplies to movie tickets as well as purchases of products from computers to cell phones. Click here to access EEC Rewards & Benefits details.
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Health insurance is a form of risk management that protects against any loss someone may suffer as a result of physical, mental, social, and/or long-term health impairment. Losses can range from the temporary inability to perform certain functions of one’s daily routine (having to stay home sick from work), to more extensive impairment that can negatively
affect one’s ability to work and earn a wage (long term health issues).
Learn more about health insurance and resources available to support Early Educators understanding and accessing coverage.
Life Insurance is a promise that an insurance company makes to you to pay a specific amount of money upon your death. It is a premium-paid benefit designed to make payment to designated beneficiary(ies) in the event of loss of life.
Learn more about life insurance by reviewing the attached overview and exploring the resources provided.
Planning for retirement is a task that is easy to put off until next month or next year. The older you are, the harder it is to find the time and the energy. Planning for retirement is especially important for women, who live on average four years longer than men and as a result need more income.
Learn about the facts and learn how to plan for the future in the Institute Guide to investing in your future!
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