Assistant Director, Preschool Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Assistant Preschool Directors in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.89 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.40 per hour on the low end to $17.23 on the higher side. Although 44 percent have medical coverage and about a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Assistant Director, Preschool Salary (?
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$23,357 - $46,390
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MEDIAN: $31,975
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Assistant Director, Preschool Salary (?
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$9.40 - $17.23
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,357 - $46,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,968 - $42,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.40 - $17.23  
   
Overtime
$1.48 - $24.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,968 - $42,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Job Description for Assistant Director, Preschool

The principal function of an assistant director for a preschool is to assist and work closely with the director of the preschool, performing a number of tasks that help ensure the facility functions effectively. They help create and develop the preschool's curriculum, as well as ensure curriculum implementation. Assistant directors for preschools work closely with the director to manage all aspects of the classroom experience; they also interact regularly with instructors, providing training, guidance, and discipline as necessary. These professionals may work directly with children in a variety of settings, helping to create a safe and fun learning environment. Additionally, assistant directors communicate directly with parents, helping resolve concerns, handling payment issues, and providing information on children's progress. The assistant director may also handle logistical elements of the business, such as scheduling, advertising, and marketing.
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Assistant Director, Preschool Tasks
  • Maintain center paperwork, keeping files on each child and proof of meeting government regulations.
  • Supervise and evaluate teachers, provide mentoring and training to help teachers improve their skills.
  • Teach and monitor children when needed.
  • Work with the director and teachers to establish, evaluate, and revise curriculum.
  • Assist the director with planning, managing, marketing, and directing a preschool.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Director, Preschool

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As Assistant Preschool Directors transition into upper-level roles, they may see an upturn in salary. For instance, it is not uncommon for a Preschool Director to earn an extra $3,488 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Survey results suggest that Assistant Preschool Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Oral / Verbal Communication, Team Leadership, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Curriculum Planning. Competency in Childhood Education frequently indicates knowledge of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Director, Preschool

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Assistant Preschool Directors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $28K can reach $30K. Earnings total $31K after one to two decades. Though minimal, Assistant Preschool Directors continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

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Experience Affects Assistant Director, Preschool Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$30,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Assistant Director, Preschool Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 47%
Team Leadership
up arrow 21%
Budget Management
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People Management
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National Average
$30,000
Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 54%