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Child Care Center Director Salary

The majority of Child Care Center Directors in the United States — just over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $23K to $52K per year, and the median is $38K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and one-third have dental, as well. Most Child Care Center Directors report high levels of job satisfaction.
$25,226 - $53,007
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MEDIAN: $37,858
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$9.34 - $18.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,226 - $53,007  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,086  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $13,500  
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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$23,380 - $51,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $18.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $13,500  
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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$23,380 - $51,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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


Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $61K.

With a median salary of only $38K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $28K to $50K isn't that wide, either.


Child Care Center Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Childhood Education, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Aptitude in Childhood Education tends to also indicate an understanding of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


For Child Care Center Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. Child Care Center Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $39K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 17%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Administration
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 53%