Education Career Opportunities

Education Career Outlook

Overall employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth will remain steady due to the fact that early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Overall employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements.

 

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

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Preschool and Childcare Center Career Information

National

Median Annual Salary
$49,160/year
1% growth increase thru 2029
Bachelor’s degree typically required

Local

Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2021
$32,602/year
Highest paying cities for preschool teachers in Kentucky:
Bowling Green, KY
$38,721
Lexington, KY
$34,482
Louisville, KY
$34,106
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

National

Median Annual Salary
$60,660/year
4% growth increase thru 2029
Bachelor’s degree typically required

Local

Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2021
$42,736/year
Highest paying cities for Elementary School teachers in Kentucky:
Covington, KY
$53,731
Elizabethtown, KY
$52,439
Louisville, KY
$51,400
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Middle School Teachers

National

Median Annual Salary
$60,810/year
4% growth increase thru 2029
Bachelor’s degree typically required

Local

Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2021
$42,736/year
Highest paying cities for Middle school teachers in Kentucky:
Covington, KY
$53,731
Elizabethtown, KY
$52,439
Louisville, KY
$51,400
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

High School Teachers

National

Median Annual Salary
$62,870/year
4% growth increase thru 2029
Bachelor’s degree typically required

Local

Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2021
$42,736/year
Highest paying cities for High school teachers in Kentucky:
Covington, KY
$53,731
Elizabethtown, KY
$52,439
Louisville, KY
$51,400
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions
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