Daycare Director Salary (United States)

A Daycare Director earns an average salary of $32,097 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Daycare Director Total Pay (?
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$20,709 - $48,095
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MEDIAN: $32,096
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Daycare Director Total Pay (?
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$9.03 - $16.57
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,709 - $48,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$19,985 - $45,270  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $16.57  
   
Overtime
$0.23 - $22.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
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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$19,985 - $45,270  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 466
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
National Average
$30,000
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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$30,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%
National Average
$30,000
Operations Management
up arrow 1%
People Management
up arrow 4%
Activities for Children
up arrow 31%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 67%
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