When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $17.50 per hour) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash. ($14.03), Chicago, Ill. (about $13.75), and Cincinnati, Ohio ($12.39) are the next top-paying cities. Columbus, Ohio ranks low on the pay scale — at $11.10, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — around $13.64 per hour on average.
Assistant Child Care Directors represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $15.38 per hour — though Preschool Teachers, Toddler Teachers, and Head Teachers also do fairly well at around $12.77, $11.87, and approximately $11.66, respectively. Teacher Assistants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of about $10.54.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $12.58 per hour on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. employees (41 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $11.34 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Early Childhood Educator s earn $12.93 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Employees who have a Master of Arts (MA) make the most here, hauling in $15.21 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Customer Service in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $15.77 per hour. Childhood Education also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a fair number of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Activities for Children, Curriculum Planning, and Oral / Verbal Communication.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
28 percent receive paid vacation, and only 8 percent get sick leave. Close to one-half of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. The larger part of employees have health insurance, and benefits for more than half of workers also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, day care, and life insurance.