$35,651
Avg. Salary
$13.34
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$506

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Daycare Director is $13.34 per hour.

The average pay for a Daycare Director is $35,651 per year.

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$9.17
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$13.34
50%
$19.39
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MEDIAN $13.34
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$24k
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$36k
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$51k
90%
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MEDIAN $35,651
$24,033 - $50,506
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MEDIAN: $35,651
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$0$50K
Salary $24,033 - $50,506
Bonus $0.00 - $3,036
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
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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$20,837 - $48,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 430
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.17 - $19.39
Overtime $6.93 - $27.29
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,036
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
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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$20,837 - $48,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 327

Job Description for Daycare Director

A daycare director oversees the day-to-day operations of a daycare center. The daycare center not only provides parents with adult supervision of their children, but they are often expected to offer early childhood education programs to prepare the child for kindergarten and elementary school. It is the job of the daycare director to ensure that these expectations are met in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Daycare Director Tasks
  • Oversee day-to-day operations including human resources, quality assurance, and facility operations.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate daycare employees to ensure optimal center operations.
  • Manage the financial aspect of business by creating budgets and ensuring that those budgets are realistic and adhered to.
  • Act as liaison between staff and families, providing high-quality customer service.

Daycare Director Job Listings

Popular Skills for Daycare Director


Daycare Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Operations Management, People Management, and Activities for Children are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Activities for Children as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Director

Pay by Experience for a Daycare Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Daycare Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 158 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Daycare Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Daycare Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 129 salaries. A Daycare Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 67 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

30%

National Average: $32,253

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

For those looking to make money, Daycare Directors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Daycare Directors will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+22 percent), Charlotte (+20 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Nashville and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Daycare Director Reviews

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

Daycare Director in Lewistown:
"A lot of work, little pay."
Pros: Make a difference with kids. Set schedule.
Cons: Poor pay for amount of work. Lots of turnover.

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Key Stats for Daycare Director

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Daycare Director Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$32,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Daycare Director Salaries


National Average
$32,000


People Management
▼10%

Activities for Children
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 69%