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.

$14,651 - $39,182
$15K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $24,830
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$8.14 - $14.24
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$0$39K
Salary $14,651 - $39,182
Bonus $50.34 - $1,521
Profit Sharing $100.00
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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$16,936 - $30,426
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 292
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.14 - $14.24
Hourly Tips $0.38
Overtime $10.28 - $20.78
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $50.34 - $1,521
Profit Sharing $100.00
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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$16,936 - $30,426
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,339

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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


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.

Common Career Paths for Daycare Teacher


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Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Teacher

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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,838

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

Daycare Teacher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Daycare Teacher?

Daycare Teacher in Kaufman:
"Great hours."
Pros: The hours are perfect for moms as we follow the school calendar and hours, allowing me to be home when my children are.
Cons: Low pay and poor management. No merit pay and no sick days.

Daycare Teacher in Brooklyn Heights:
Pros: I love interacting with the kids and actually watching them grow and learn. The atmosphere is relaxed. To know that I am teaching these kids something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Cons: Dirty pampers, disrespectful parents.

Daycare Teacher in New Haven:
"Working in a daycare setting."
Pros: What I like most about my career is the joy of seeing the children learning new task. Take for example child A has just learned how to ask for more juice and now knows how to catch the ball when I toss the ball towards him.
Cons: What I care least about in my career is that there not guaranteed that there will be enough staff to to cover the classroom and that some days there might only be 2 teachers to cover a class that has a room full of Infants.

Daycare Teacher in Houston:
Pros: Playing with the kids, is like having a lot of kids of your own .
Cons: Just like when yoi get stressed with your children. Some picky parents. Some of them like to blame you for everything.

Daycare Teacher in Bryan:
"Daycare."
Pros: You get to see the children grow, hours are great when you are a full time college student.
Cons: Stressful, having to clean up body fluids everyday, having to be the only person trying to discipline a child because the parents won't do it.

Daycare Teacher in Louisville:
"Culture."
Pros: Easy work.
Cons: The student.

Daycare Teacher in Troy:
"I feel like you should have your heart into teaching."
Pros: I really love my students.
Cons: To many things that need attention too.

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Key Stats for Daycare Teacher

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 528 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Daycare Teacher Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$22,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Daycare Teacher Salaries

Team Leadership
▲6%

CDA
▲3%

Bilingual
▲3%



Teaching
▼0%

National Average
$22,000


Experience
▼2%



patience
▼3%

CPR
▼6%

Cleaning
▼7%

First Aid
▼12%

Leadership
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 528 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 70%
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