Daycare Teacher Salary
A Daycare Teacher earns an average wage of $10.17 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
|Salary||$14,781 - $39,123|
|Bonus||$50.68 - $1,493|
|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).)
|$16,858 - $30,338|
|Hourly Rate||$8.11 - $14.20|
|Overtime||$10.71 - $21.03|
|Bonus||$50.68 - $1,493|
|Total Pay (||$16,858 - $30,338|
Job Description for Daycare Teacher
Daycare teachers work daily with children of toddler age during the day. They must incorporate physical and mental awareness to assist the children with their daily activities, plan new activities and projects for them to do each day, and be mindful and aware of their safety at all times. Some of the other daily tasks with the children include reading to them, preparing food and snacks, and playing games. Daycare teachers work with other teachers in a childcare setting--usually lead teachers and teacher aides. Daycare teachers work directly with children, helping them with their playtime, snacks and any learning activities. Daycare teachers also plan activities for the children and keep the classroom clean. Teachers must also be able to interact with the children’s parents and communicate any problems or issues to them. Daycare teachers must also work to facilitate any communications with the children and their parent(s) or guardian(s) if there are problems or goals to reach. Most daycare teachers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years old. Many daycare teachers have an educational background in early childhood education or childhood development. Many daycare teachers also have specialized training such as Montessori, teacher certifications, first aid food handling, and generally have completed a background check.
Daycare Teacher Tasks
- Prepare daily activities and schedule, setting up educational and entertaining offerings.
- Prepare and clean up after snacks and lunch.
- Communicate clearly and concisely with parents about schedules, problems, and offerings.
- Maintain safety and cleanliness of daycare center.
- Oversee child interactions and play, and ensure a safe and supportive environment.
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Pay by Experience for a Daycare Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Daycare Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 2,606 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Daycare Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,255 salaries. An experienced Daycare Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 988 salaries. A Daycare Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 312 salaries.
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