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Daycare Director Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Daycare Directors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $32K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $20K to $45K per year. Career length and the particular city 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 a third, and roughly one in five earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Daycare Director Salary (?
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$20,292 - $46,593
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MEDIAN: $31,661
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Daycare Director Salary (?
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$9.18 - $17.07
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,292 - $46,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$19,945 - $44,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $17.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$19,945 - $44,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Childhood Education, Operations Management, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. Childhood Education and Operations Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Daycare Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $29K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $30K. For Daycare Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$30,000
Nashville
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San Antonio
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Chicago
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In Chicago, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Houston (16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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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
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 69%