$24,983
Avg. Salary
$10.39
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$230

Bonus

$375

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Daycare Teacher is $10.39 per hour.

The average pay for a Daycare Teacher is $24,983 per year.

$8.17
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$10.39
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$14.32
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MEDIAN $10.39
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$40k
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MEDIAN $24,983
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$0$40K
Salary $14,301 - $40,299
Bonus $49.18 - $1,211
Profit Sharing $375
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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$16,958 - $30,579
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 520
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $8.17 - $14.32
Hourly Tips $0.13
Overtime $10.32 - $21.04
Annual Data $0$30K
Bonus $49.18 - $1,211
Profit Sharing $375
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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$16,958 - $30,579
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,439

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. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Teacher

Pay by Experience for a Daycare Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Daycare Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 2,606 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Daycare Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,255 salaries. An experienced Daycare Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 988 salaries. A Daycare Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 312 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,030

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

Daycare Teacher Reviews

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

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.

Daycare Teacher in Lindenhurst:
"Hectic, unrealistic working conditions, high responsibility."
Pros: The camaraderie, the children.
Cons: Pay, lack of hours.

Daycare Teacher in Warner Robins:
"Desireable."
Pros: That they give ongoing training and lessons plans that are already set and ready to be implemented. A quality learning environment for children and staff including parents.
Cons: The pretax cut out off pay check.

Daycare Teacher in Omaha:
"I like working with kids."

Daycare Teacher in New York:
"Know Your Rights."
This is a job with lots of responsibilities. It becomes stressful at times, but it can also very rewarding. I consider the daycare teacher as the most important of all levels of teachers. Daycare teachers form the educational foundation in young children, and it is on this foundation that all the other teachers build. Daycare teachers can never be fully compensated for the responsibilities laid upon them. They perform duties such as parents, doctor, lawyer, police, advisor, interpretor etc. Therefore, a daycare teacher must exercise such qualities as love, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, understanding, kindness, gentleness etc. Although daycare teachers are grossly underpaid, they are rewarded with the satisfaction of watching the children grow physically, excel academically, and become functionally productive members of society.

Daycare Teacher in Boston:
"Not Too Bad."
Pros: The family partnerships, impact on the childs life.
Cons: Stress level, lack of follow through, the lack of evaluations, underpaid.

Daycare Teacher in Clark:
"Coworkers Are Friendly."
Pros: I like working with most of the people.
Cons: I don't like that we don't get paid full 8 hours for holidays. I don't like that we get sent home based on ratios. I don't like that they move children to different classrooms all day.

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Key Stats for Daycare Teacher

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1044 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Daycare Teacher Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$22,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Daycare Teacher Salaries

Team Leadership
▲5%

CDA
▲2%

Bilingual
▲2%


National Average
$22,000



Teaching
▼1%

Experience
▼3%



patience
▼4%

CPR
▼7%

Cleaning
▼8%

First Aid
▼13%

Leadership
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1044 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 71%