A Daycare Teacher earns an average wage of $9.80 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.
Daycare Teacher Total Pay (?
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$14,825 - $41,082
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MEDIAN: $26,032
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Daycare Teacher Total Pay (?
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$7.76 - $13.35
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,825 - $41,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $434.41  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $1,867  
Commission
$0.00 - $300.00  
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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$16,143 - $29,789  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $13.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33 - $1.45  
Overtime
$6.24 - $19.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $434.41  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $300.00  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $1,867  
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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$16,143 - $29,789  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,311
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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.
Daycare Teacher Tasks
  • Maintain safety and cleanliness of daycare center.
  • Oversee child interactions and play, and ensure a safe and supportive environment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with parents about schedules, problems, and offerings.
  • Prepare daily activities and schedule, setting up educational and entertaining offerings.
  • Prepare and clean up after snacks and lunch.
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Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Teacher
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Daycare Teacher Salaries

National Average
$21,000

Skills That Affect Daycare Teacher Salaries

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Activities for Children
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$21,000
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Team Leadership
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Gender
Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 62%
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