Daycare Director Salary
|Salary||$23,191 - $50,564|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,854|
|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).)
|$20,591 - $48,966|
|Hourly Rate||$9.03 - $19.24|
|Overtime||$0.00 - $30.91|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,854|
|Total Pay (||$20,591 - $48,966|
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.Read More...
As an administrator, the daycare director interviews and hires teachers for the center. They assist with any training and offer frequent performance evaluations. The daycare director often designs a system of educational programs for the children under their care and then oversees how that program is taught by teachers. Additionally, the daycare director oversees the facility at which the child care is provided; this normally includes daily inspections of all areas where children will be present for safety concerns. The director assesses all repair and maintenance needs and sees they are carried out promptly. The director helps develop a budget and establishes fees and tuition for the center, and they ensure the daycare facility has all necessary supplies and equipment to successful administer the programs designed by the director.
To work as a daycare director, a person must typically posses at least a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field. Most daycare facilities also look for extensive teaching and administrative experience before considering a person for this position. Daycare directors typically work early mornings until evenings. They typically have offices in an early childhood educational environment, but they also spend hands-on time with teachers and children as well.
Daycare Director Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
Popular Skills for Daycare Director
Daycare Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Operations Management, People Management, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Activities for Children and People Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Childhood Education indicates knowledge of Activities for Children.
Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $30K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $33K. On average, Daycare Directors make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.
Pay Difference by Location
For Daycare Directors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Daycare Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+24 percent), Charlotte (+22 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (10 percent lower) and Philadelphia (8 percent lower).
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