Child Care Center Director Salary

Child Care Center Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $38K per year on average but can range from $24K to $52K per year. In the world of Child Care Center Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $18K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $52K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most Child Care Center Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around half lack coverage. On the flip side, half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans.

$25,167 - $52,587

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$9.73 - $19.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,167 - $52,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,796  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,879  
Total Pay (?
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$23,661 - $51,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $19.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,796  
   
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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$23,661 - $51,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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 $62K.

KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $38K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $29K to $51K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Survey results suggest that Child Care Center Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. For most people, competency in Childhood Education indicates knowledge of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Child Care Center Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Care Center Directors make a median salary of $37K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $39K.

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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
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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: 48% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 51%
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