Daycare Director Salary

Daycare Directors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $33K per year for pay. Pay ranges from $20K on the low end to $46K per year on the high end. Geography and experience level 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. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while just under a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a seventh. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,184 - $48,697
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,007
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90%

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$9.13 - $17.44
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,184 - $48,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$19,857 - $45,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $17.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.41  
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$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$19,857 - $45,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. Daycare Directors bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,431

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Daycare Directors, 37 percent higher than the national average. Daycare Directors will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+31 percent) and Chicago (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$30,000

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 5%

Activities for Children
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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