Daycare Director Salary

Women comprise the majority of Daycare Directors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $35K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,191 - $50,564
$23K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,401
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50%
90%

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$9.03 - $19.24
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,191 - $50,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,854  
Profit Sharing
$525  
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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$20,591 - $48,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $19.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.91  
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 - $3,854  
   
Profit Sharing
$525  
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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$20,591 - $48,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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

  • 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.

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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

National Average: $32,103

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Daycare Director

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Experienced
▲10%

Late-Career
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries


National Average
$32,000


People Management
▼10%

Activities for Children
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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