Daycare Director Salary

Women account for the majority of Daycare Directors in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $32K per year. Compensation ranges from $20K on the lower end to $45K per year on the higher end. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Daycare Directors. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,156 - $47,181

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$9.16 - $16.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,156 - $47,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,464  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$19,982 - $45,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $16.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$19,982 - $45,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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Job Description for Daycare Director

A daycare director oversees the day-to-day operations of a daycare center. The daycare center not only provides parents with adult supervision of their children, but they are often expected to offer early childhood education programs to prepare the child for kindergarten and elementary school. It is the job of the daycare director to ensure that these expectations are met in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Daycare Director Tasks

  • Manage the financial aspect of business by creating budgets and ensuring that those budgets are realistic and adhered to.
  • Act as liaison between staff and families, providing high-quality customer service.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations including human resources, quality assurance, and facility operations.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate daycare employees to ensure optimal center operations.

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Daycare Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Childhood Education, Operations Management, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. Operations Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director

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


Daycare Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. Daycare Directors see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Daycare Director with more than 20 years of experience can earn $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Daycare Directors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 61 percent above the national average. Daycare Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent) and Milwaukee (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent.

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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$30,000

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 68%
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