Kindergarten teachers are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, kindergarten teachers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy kindergarten teachers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Childcare worker
3.2
$22k
Distance learning coordinator
3.2
$85k
Preschool teacher
3.2
$24k
Teacher
3.0
$42k
Kindergarten teacher
3.0
$57k
High school teacher
3.0
$59k
School psychologist
3.0
$78k
Elementary school teacher
2.9
$55k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are kindergarten teachers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do kindergarten teachers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as kindergarten teachers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are kindergarten teacher’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are kindergarten teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Are kindergarten teachers happy with their salary?