Child Care Center Director Salary
Child Care Center Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $24K to $54K per year, median earnings come to $39K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Child Care Center Directors can bottom out near $24K or peak near $54K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession — about one-half — do not have any health coverage, one-half do receive medical benefits and about two-fifths have dental insurance. For the most part, Child Care Center Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Most child care centers have operating hours that begin around 6 a.m. and end between 6 and 7 p.m. Most children enrolled in these programs are under 10; however, special circumstances (such as a child care facility at a hospital) may include working with older children as well. Some programs operate only to supervise children during daytime hours (for example, while parents or guardians are at work), but some facilities also provide educational programs.
Each state establishes licensing requirements that must be met by all applicants for director positions. Education generally must include either a bachelor's degree in a child care-related field with one year of relevant job experience; an associate's degree in a child care-related field with coursework in early childhood education and one year of relevant job experience; or a Childcare Development Associate (CDA) certification with two years of relevant job experience and one year supervisory experience.
Child Care Center Director Tasks
- Allocate funds for staff, supplies, materials and equipment.
- Recruit, select and retain quality staff.
- Set educational standards and goals, and establish programs to carry them out.
- Ensure an educational, caring and safe environment for children enrolled in child care.
- Direct operation of child care center or preschool.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Child Care Center Director
Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc offers the most; Child Care Center Directors earn $58K on average there.
Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director
Child Care Center Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Care Center Directors make a median salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Child Care Center Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $40K.