Child Care Center Director Salary

Child Care Center Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $24K to $52K per year, median earnings come to $38K per year. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $17K, overall incomes of Child Care Center Directors spread between $24K and $52K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little less than one-half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Work is enjoyable for Child Care Center Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,990 - $53,776
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,259
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$9.75 - $19.89
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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
$24,990 - $53,776  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,490  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,452  
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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$23,621 - $52,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 787
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $19.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,452  
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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$23,621 - $52,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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 leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $59K.

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 People Management, Operations 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. Curriculum Planning and Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Childhood Education are similarly competent in People Management and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


For many Child Care Center Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $40K.

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



Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries



Childhood Education
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National Average
$36,000

Administration
up arrow 7%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 18%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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