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Preschool Teachers in New Jersey

Is New Jersey a good place for you to work as a Preschool Teacher?

12.9% Jobs Projection
$33,430 Median Salary
1,870 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Preschool Teachers in New Jersey is growing faster than average.

  • Preschool Teachers in New Jersey earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Preschool Teachers Work in New Jersey?

There were approximately 15,820 workers employed as Preschool Teachers in this state in 2018.

There were 14,960 Preschool Teachers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 860 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 5,510 Preschool Teachers working in it, which means New Jersey has more Preschool Teachers than average.


Job Projections for New Jersey

Jobs for Preschool Teachers in this state are growing at a rate of 12.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 10.5%.


New Jersey Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,870 annual job openings, and a total of 18,300 jobs for New Jersey Preschool Teachers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 53,600 annual jobs and 528,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Preschool Teachers Make in New Jersey?

In 2018 wages for Preschool Teachers ranged from $22,120 to $70,540 with $33,430 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.64 to $33.91. The median hourly rate was $16.07.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $15.57 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.50.

The median salary in New Jersey is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top New Jersey Metros for Preschool Teachers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 35,280 $40,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,400 $28,100
Trenton, NJ 1,030 $32,380
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 960 $29,640
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 420 $25,090
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 260 n/a
Ocean City, NJ 50 $37,950

Top States for Preschool Teachers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Preschool Teachers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 52,950 $34,600
Texas 34,790 $28,230
New York 30,790 $38,890
Florida 25,940 $24,740
Illinois 24,120 $29,090
Massachusetts 16,360 $35,000
North Carolina 16,110 $26,330
New Jersey 15,820 $33,430
Ohio 15,390 $26,280
Georgia 14,430 $28,750
Pennsylvania 13,480 $27,450
Washington 11,050 $31,530
Wisconsin 10,180 $24,250
Virginia 10,010 $30,680
Maryland 9,400 $31,680
Michigan 9,270 $31,390
Colorado 8,700 $30,440
Minnesota 8,180 $34,200
Oregon 7,100 $29,020
Arizona 6,820 $27,810

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

State Annual Median Salary
New York $38,890
Hawaii $38,840
District of Columbia $38,210
Connecticut $37,030
Massachusetts $35,000
California $34,600
Minnesota $34,200
Maine $34,060
New Jersey $33,430
Vermont $32,530

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