Early Years Professional Salary

The average salary for a Early Years Professional in the UK is:


Job profile for a Early Years Professional

Early Years Professionals are graduates who work alongside Early Years staff and other professionals (Nursery Nurses, management, social workers, child protection agencies etc) to improve provision in Early Years settings, and thus outcomes for the babies, toddlers and young children in their care, through effective implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The job entails long hours for low pay (£14 -£16k is an average starting salary for an EYP with Professional Status), and the job involves dealing with difficult situations such as child behavioural problems, complaints from parents, and child protection issues. You have to be able to think on your feet, be approachable, creative, have common sense, and an absolute love for all children, regardless of gender, race, ability or behaviour. EYPs work in their settings as an "Agent of Change", recognising areas of practice that need improving, and motivating and working with staff in order to effectively bring about positive changes that benefit the nursery, the staff, the parents, but most importantly, the children.

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Early Years Professional Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £20,250.

The average salary in 2010 was £83,460, based on 6 respondents (a difference of 0% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2011 was £19,750, based on 2 respondents (a difference of -76% from the 2010 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £15,552, based on 2 respondents (a difference of -21% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a Early Years Professional based on all salary survey responses is: £16,060

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for Early Years Professional is £8.36.

Assorted Early Years Professional Salary Information

£19,000East of England21-July-13
£15,959Yorkshire and North East3-May-13

Early Years Professional Salary By UK Region

These figures use non-job specific statistical weighting from our salary data pool and also include for comparison the salaries for a Early Years Professional job in US Dollars based on a recent exchante rate (last rate update 02/05/2013 with a pound to dollar exchange rate 1.56) for comparisons for our international visitors
Salary US Dollars Region
£14722 $22966.32 North West
£18235 $28446.6 London
£13384 $20879.04 Yorkshire and North East
£14555 $22705.8 South West
£17231 $26880.36 South East
£14220 $22183.2 Scotland
£15057 $23488.92 Northern Ireland
£14053 $21922.68 Wales
£15558 $24270.48 Midlands
£13886 $21662.16 East of England

With regard to age and impact on salary for a Early Years Professional, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £12,547 for a worker in their 20s, £16,395 (30s), £19,406 (40s) and £19,406 (50s).
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The average salary figure above for a Early Years Professional is considered highly likely to be representative of the UK market average due to the high number of respondents who had this exact job title.

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