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Child Care Center Director Salary

With just under three-fifths of Child Care Center Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24K to $52K per year and averages out to $38K per year. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of Child Care Center Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately one-half lack health benefits of any kind, close to one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too.

$25,326 - $53,367
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$25K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,835
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$9.69 - $19.52
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$14
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,326 - $53,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,598  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $6,500  
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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$23,708 - $52,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $19.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,598  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $6,500  
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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$23,708 - $52,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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.

KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 69 percent lower than the top payer ($38K).

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Child Care Center Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People 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. It is often found that people who know Childhood Education are also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

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


For Child Care Center Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. For Child Care Center Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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

Childhood Education
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Operations Management
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People Management
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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 76 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 50%
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