Women make up the vast majority of Daycare Directors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $35K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Daycare Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third enjoy medical while somewhere between a fifth and a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-sixth. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,514 - $50,813
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,176
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50%
90%

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$9.01 - $18.93
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,514 - $50,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$25.00  
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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$20,413 - $49,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $18.93  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $31.44  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00  
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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$20,413 - $49,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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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Popular Skills for Daycare Director


Survey takers who work as 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 as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people familiar with Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $33K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Daycare Directors make a median salary of $35K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $34K.

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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

People Management
up arrow 9%

Activities for Children
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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