Daycare Director Salary

Women comprise the majority of Daycare Directors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $33K per year on average. Pay ranges from $20K on the low end to $46K per year on the high end. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. Most Daycare Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,184 - $48,697
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,007
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90%

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$9.13 - $17.44
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,184 - $48,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$19,857 - $45,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $17.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$19,857 - $45,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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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Typical Daycare Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Operations Management, People Management, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Activities for Children and People Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Many workers who know Childhood Education also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare 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 beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Daycare Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,431

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

For Daycare Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Daycare Directors will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+31 percent) and Chicago (+16 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$30,000

Operations Management
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People Management
up arrow 5%

Activities for Children
up arrow 30%

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
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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