Average Daycare Teacher Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Daycare Teacher is $10.52.
MEDIAN $10.52
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $14
$46 - $1,023
Profit Sharing
$135 - $1,900
Total Pay
$17,170 - $30,673

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Job Description for Daycare Teacher

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.
The top respondents for the job title Daycare Teacher are from the companies KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc and La Petite Academy, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc where the average pay is $12.56. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, earning around $11.98 and $11.79, respectively. Childcare Network, Inc. pays the lowest at around $9.66. Childtime Learning Center and La Petite Academy, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.23 and $10.34, respectively.

Career Paths

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Daycare Teacher
Preschool Teacher, (but not Special Educ...
Assistant Director, Child Care
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Daycare Teacher

Skills in Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Teacher

An entry-level Daycare Teacher with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.69 based on 286 salaries. An early career Daycare Teacher with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.08 based on 3,585 salaries. A mid-career Daycare Teacher with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.94 based on 1,695 salaries. An experienced Daycare Teacher with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.43 based on 1,581 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Daycare Teacher in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 27.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (22.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (6.7% less), Cincinnati, Ohio (1.6% less) and Houston, Texas (1.5% less).

Years of Experience

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