Child Care Center Director Salary

Child Care Center Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of Child Care Center Directors. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $54K per year, but expected earnings average $39K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K, overall incomes of Child Care Center Directors generally spread between $24K and $54K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Approximately one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, about one-half report medical coverage and two in five claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Child Care Center Directors is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,514 - $55,976
$27K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,124
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90%

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$10.00 - $20.12
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,514 - $55,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$24,208 - $53,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.49 - $25.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$24,208 - $53,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 217

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Job Description for Child Care Center Director

Child care center directors oversee the administrative and day-to-day operations of day care centers, preschools, and other short-term child care facilities. Their duties include ensuring a safe and education environment for children, evaluating the finances of their facility, and advising teachers and other subordinates in curriculum and activities. They also monitor services to ensure that all licensing standards are met, represent the child care center in the accreditation process, brainstorm and implement marketing campaigns, and serve as tour guide of the facility. These directors may also play a role in enrolling children, and they play a role in ensuring all services meet the expectations of parents and children.

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Child Care Center Director Tasks

  • Maintain school paperwork, keeping files on each child, attendance and incident reports, and proof of meeting government regulations.
  • Manage the budget, paying expenses for facilities, authorizing purchases, and ensuring adequate revenue is coming in.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate facility staff, provide mentoring and training to help teachers improve their skills.
  • Plan, manage, market, and direct a preschool or childcare program.
  • Meet with parents to discuss student progress and answer questions about school programs.

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Child Care Center Directors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Director of Preschool. Median pay for Directors of Preschool is $35K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Child Care Center Director


The biggest paychecks can be found at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc — the median salary there is $57K.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Child Care Center Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Childhood Education, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Program Management and Curriculum Planning also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Childhood Education tend to be well versed in People Management and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Child Care Center Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. On average, Child Care Center Directors make $38K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Child Care Center Director generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $40K.

Child Care Center Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Child Care Center Director?

Child Care Center Director in Boise:
"Childcare Center Director."
Pros: Working with the employees and the children.
Cons: Everyone's complaints come straight to me.

Child Care Center Director in Raleigh:
"Hands On Experience Working In A Fast Paced Environment With Challenges."
Pros: I love puttting a smile on child's face daily because it is a rewarding experience reaching one child one day at a time. I love mentoring teachers, and seeing their fullest potential come out.
Cons: Dealing with unprofessional people who do not need to work with children no how.

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Key Stats for Child Care Center Director

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Child Care Center Director Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries



Childhood Education
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Administration
▼9%

Curriculum Planning
▼14%

Program Management
▼19%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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