Child Care Center Director Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Child Care Center Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $24K to $55K per year, but median earnings come to around $40K per year. Cash earnings for Child Care Center Directors — which sometimes include more than $5K from bonuses — stretch from around $24K to approximately $55K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Child Care Center Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under a half have medical coverage and two in five have dental coverage, one-half claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,067 - $57,204
$27K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,737
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$10.01 - $20.50
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MEDIAN: $14.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,067 - $57,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
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$24,387 - $54,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $20.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.00 - $25.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$24,387 - $54,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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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

  • Maintain school paperwork, keeping files on each child, attendance and incident reports, and proof of meeting government regulations.
  • Manage the budget, paying expenses for facilities, authorizing purchases, and ensuring adequate revenue is coming in.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate facility staff, provide mentoring and training to help teachers improve their skills.
  • Plan, manage, market, and direct a preschool or childcare program.
  • Meet with parents to discuss student progress and answer questions about school programs.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Center Director


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Many Child Care Center Directors move into a Director of Preschool role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Preschool on average bring in a similar salary to Child Care Center Directors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Child Care Center Director


Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $57K on average.

Popular Skills for Child Care Center Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People 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. Program Management and Curriculum Planning also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Childhood Education also know People Management and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Center Director

Pay by Experience for a Child Care Center Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Child Care Center Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 229 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Child Care Center Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 219 salaries. An experienced Child Care Center Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 289 salaries. A Child Care Center Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 156 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,464

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Child Care Center Directors, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Child Care Center Directors will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+26 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in San Antonio and Harrisburg earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (22 percent less and 19 percent less, respectively).

Child Care Center Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Child Care Center Director

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Child Care Center Director Salaries

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$37,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Child Care Center Director Salaries



National Average
$37,000

Childhood Education
▼2%

Administration
▼12%

Curriculum Planning
▼17%

Program Management
▼22%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 51%
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