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Kindergarten Teachers in California

Considering a career as a Kindergarten Teacher in California?

7.7% Jobs Projection
$67,670 Median Salary
1,820 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Kindergarten Teachers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Kindergarten Teachers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Kindergarten Teachers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Kindergarten Teachers Work in California?

In California, there were 11,580 people working as Kindergarten Teachers in the year 2018.

There were 13,900 Kindergarten Teachers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 2,320 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Kindergarten Teachers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,500 Kindergarten Teachers working in it, which means California has more Kindergarten Teachers than average.

Kindergarten Teachers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Kindergarten Teachers in this state are growing at a rate of 7.7% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.0%.

Job Projections for Kindergarten Teachers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,820 annual job openings, and a total of 18,100 jobs for California Kindergarten Teachers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 16,700 annual jobs and 166,700 total jobs in 2026.

What do Kindergarten Teachers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Kindergarten Teachers ranged from $40,080 to $100,220 with $67,670 being the median annual salary.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Kindergarten Teachers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Kindergarten Teachers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Kindergarten Teachers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,540 $69,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,630 $57,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,160 $71,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 780 $65,500
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 630 $81,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 490 $63,330
Bakersfield, CA 360 $70,640
Stockton-Lodi, CA 320 $73,730
Fresno, CA 310 $66,300
Visalia-Porterville, CA 270 $74,750
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 230 $84,220
Santa Rosa, CA 200 $70,570
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 180 $48,290
Merced, CA 170 $67,900
Modesto, CA 120 $93,800

Top States for Kindergarten Teachers Employment

View the list below to see where most Kindergarten Teachers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 15,050 $55,930
California 11,580 $67,670
Florida 10,680 $49,680
Washington 7,870 $63,350
New York 6,120 $73,430
New Jersey 5,120 $63,640
Georgia 4,720 $53,730
Illinois 4,630 $54,270
Virginia 4,010 $60,540
Colorado 3,630 $47,750
Tennessee 3,460 $48,410
Minnesota 3,440 $58,140
Pennsylvania 3,350 $60,220
North Carolina 3,320 $45,810
Arizona 3,040 $43,520
Massachusetts 3,020 $72,990
Ohio 2,890 $58,500
Maryland 2,610 $64,460
Kentucky 2,500 $54,630
South Carolina 2,120 $51,480

Below are the states where Kindergarten Teachers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Connecticut $77,420
New York $73,430
Massachusetts $72,990
Oregon $71,500
Rhode Island $68,750
California $67,670
Maryland $64,460
New Jersey $63,640
Washington $63,350
Alaska $62,140

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