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Child Care Center Director Salary

Just under three-fifths of Child Care Center Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $24K to $52K per year, and the average comes out to $38K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by about one-half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. For the most part, Child Care Center Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$25,350 - $53,023
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,128
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$9.65 - $19.68
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,350 - $53,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,740  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $8,844  
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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$23,651 - $51,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $19.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.66  
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 - $4,740  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $8,844  
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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$23,651 - $51,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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


Child Care Center Directors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc, where the average salary comes to $64K.

KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $37K, 73 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Childhood Education, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Curriculum Planning and Oral / Verbal Communication as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Childhood Education also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $39K on average.

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
$36,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries



Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Administration
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 23%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 50%