Child Care Center Director Salary

The majority of Child Care Center Directors in the United States — about three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $25K to $56K per year, and the median is $41K annually. Total cash compensation to Child Care Center Directors approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $56K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, half have medical insurance and two in five receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Child Care Center Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,694 - $58,705
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,785
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$10.02 - $20.41
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.71
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$0$58K
Salary $28,694 - $58,705
Bonus $0.00 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,817
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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$25,016 - $56,424
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 449
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.02 - $20.41
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $11.84 - $26.09
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,817
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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$25,016 - $56,424
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 167

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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.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Center Director


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For Child Care Center Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Child Care Center Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Director of Preschool.

Child Care Center Director Job Listings

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 $57K.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Survey results suggest that Child Care Center Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Childhood Education are also skilled in People Management and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

Pay by Experience for a Child Care Center Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Child Care Center Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 229 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Child Care Center Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 219 salaries. An experienced Child Care Center Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 289 salaries. A Child Care Center Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 156 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,424

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Child Care Center Directors, Washington provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Child Care Center Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+23 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Austin (+2 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with St. Louis Child Care Center Directors earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 24 percent less in San Antonio and 21 percent less in Harrisburg, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Child Care Center Director Reviews

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

Child Care Center Director in Philadelphia:
Pros: Talking with children, parents.
Cons: Disrespectful employees.

Child Care Center Director in Pineville:
"Rewarding but challenging."
Pros: Team work.
Cons: Not enough pay.

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 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Child Care Center Director Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$38,000

▼1%

▼3%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries



National Average
$38,000

Childhood Education
▼5%

Administration
▼14%

Curriculum Planning
▼19%

Program Management
▼24%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 49%
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