Toddler Teacher Salaries

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  1. carriescandles

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    Do any of you experienced Montessori Teachers have an idea of a salary range that would be reasonable? I am interviewing for the first time in 7 years to make a change and am struggling with this issue. Some schools have said I am paid well while others say I am underpaid. Just thought I would get an idea of others out there. Also in your experience do most Montessori Teachers get the summer off? I have in all 7 years but that seems to also be in question. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Toddle Teacher Salaries

    Depending on your experience I would say between $12-15k a year is reasonable. Or maybe I'm a sucker.

    Last year I worked as an intern, part-time (8AM to 1PM) and made $12K a year.

    This year I got a job as lead teacher, 1 yr experience and was offered $14K a year. (8Am to 3:30PM). It averaged out to $10 an hour.

    Today another school called to offer me a job for same hours as I will be working, but the salary they offered was $13K a year.

    If you had 7 years experience maybe somewhere between $14k-$16K a year might be reasonable, what do others think?
     
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    At the school where I work, the teachers are paid according to a scale.
    Some of the factors that decide the pay rate are Montessori certification, college degree ( a BS or Masters) state of Illinois teaching certification, and years experience. We are a private non for profit school that goes from age 3-6th grade. Our school recently did a pay survey of the public and private schools in our city. They then adjusted the pay scale. A person with a 4 year college degree and Montessori certification would start out around 25,000 a school year.
     
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    Man, I wonder if I can convince my husband to transfer to Illinois then.

    When I was working in SC the highest I had ever hear anyone making was $18K a year and that was from someone who had a 4 yr. degree, ECE Montessori Certification, Elementary 1 and Elementary 2 Montessori Certification and 22 years experience at the same school.

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    Just be prepared to pay more for houses, gas, insurance, etc. LOL
     
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    more than here in Orlando? I already pay close to $1500 a month on rent! My hubby is the one who pays all the bills...I bring in what we call entertainment and relaxation money. I pay for the Satellite dish I pay for vacation and most of my salary goes towards retirement funds :)
     
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    What kind of school do you work at? Is it privately owned? Our is run by a board of parents and is a non for profit. We also get 9 personal days plus the usual breaks. Are you renting an apartment or a house? If you can take the winters, come on up! We are going to be in Orlando in a couple of weeks. I know we are going to melt!
     
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    lol, I used to live in MN not so long ago. I graduated from college yeah 2002. I then moved to SC and worked in Montessori school there, got my training there.

    I moved to Orlando 2 weeks ago. Husband got a job. We're renting a house. Gotta be honest though, it is a beeeeeeeeeeeutiful house, the nicest i'd ever lived in.

    I love Orlando. just would be nice to get more $ :) But isn't that always the case?

    It is a very small private school. 40 students. It is owned by one woman who was a classroom teacher, in fact I've taken over her class because she has been so sick that the doctor actually banned her from the school for 3 months last school year!

    So, she's retiring.

    Jenni
     
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    The salary does seem low to be a lead teacher. What is your yearly tuition? Our is around $5,000 for early childhood. This is full day from 8:30-3:30. The Elementary tuition is slightly more expensive.
     
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    I asked for between $15-17 an hour with holidays and vacation/sick time. That didnt seem to be a problem. I guess it depends on where you live, who owns the school, and how badly they need a teacher with experience. Thanks for all your input.
     

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