Child Care Center Director Salary

Child Care Center Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a 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. Total incomes of Child Care Center Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $18K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $52K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. While approximately half report receiving no health benefits, approximately one-half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Child Care Center Directors.

$25,328 - $52,823
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,739
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$9.71 - $19.54
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$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,328 - $52,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,675  
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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$23,755 - $51,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 606
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $19.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,675  
   
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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$23,755 - $51,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc — the median salary there is $64K.

Offering a median salary of only $38K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $29K to $51K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Child Care Center Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Childhood Education, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Curriculum Planning and Oral / Verbal Communication as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. Child Care Center Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
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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: 30% employee benefits None: 51%
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