The average wage for a Daycare Teacher is $10.09 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Degree and Team Leadership. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$15,540 - $39,683
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MEDIAN: $25,236
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$8.02 - $13.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,540 - $39,683  
   
Bonus
$97.17 - $1,472  
Profit Sharing
$1,550  
Total Pay (?
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$16,710 - $30,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $13.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$10.35 - $21.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$97.17 - $1,472  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,550  
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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$16,710 - $30,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,973
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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 Difference by Location

National Average: $21,304

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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 Appleton:
"Early Childhood is a rewarding career."
Pros: I most enjoy seeing the smile on the children's faces when the realize they have reach a developmental milestone. Comforting them when another child has hurt them. Teaching them skills they will need when they get into school.
Cons: Bad management, teacher that complain about the way things are in the center.

Daycare Teacher in Burlington:
"A Journey of Learning."
Pros: Working with children. Seeing their faces light up when they learn something new.
Cons: Lack of communication between management and employees.

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Experience Affects Daycare Teacher Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Daycare Teacher Salaries

Degree
up arrow 17%

Team Leadership
up arrow 13%

CPR
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

CDA
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 4%

First Aid
up arrow 10%

Cleaning
up arrow 14%

Leadership
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 419 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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