Child Care Center Director Salary

With over one-half of Child Care Center Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24K to $52K per year and averages out to $38K annually. Total cash compensation to Child Care Center Directors approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $52K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under a half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,361 - $53,003
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$25K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,707
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$9.69 - $19.62
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,361 - $53,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,701  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,879  
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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$23,804 - $51,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 599
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Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $19.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,701  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,879  
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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$23,804 - $51,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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

  • Ensure an educational, caring and safe environment for children enrolled in child care.
  • Direct operation of child care center or preschool.
  • Set educational standards and goals, and establish programs to carry them out.
  • Allocate funds for staff, supplies, materials and equipment.
  • Recruit, select and retain quality staff.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Child Care Center Director


For Child Care Center Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $64K, the highest in the area.

KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $38K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $29K to $51K.

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 People Management, Operations Management, Childhood Education, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Curriculum Planning and Oral / Verbal Communication as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Childhood Education tend to be well versed in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. For Child Care Center Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $39K.

Child Care Center Director Reviews

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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Experience Affects Child Care Center Director Salaries



National Average
$35,000



Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries


Operations Management
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Childhood Education
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National Average
$35,000

Administration
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 51%
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