How Much Do Preschool and Childcare Principals Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Preschool and Childcare Center Principals

Preschool and Childcare Center Principals plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$54940 per year
Hourly wage
$26 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$31,380 to $38,000 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $31,380 to $38,000 per year or $15 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $41 $86,040
Senior (Top 25%) $31 $63,520
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $49,160
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $38,000
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $31,380

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $42 $86,470
NY $38 $79,530
DE $31 $64,890
CT $31 $64,610
MN $30 $62,810
DC $30 $62,260
NV $29 $60,650
AK $29 $59,610
SD $29 $59,590
NE $28 $59,010

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Preschool and Childcare Principals are in the states of NJ, NY, DE, CT and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $85910 $41.30
Elementary and Secondary Schools $73250 $35.21
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $72730 $34.96
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $71940 $34.59
Junior Colleges $68770 $33.06
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $67830 $32.61
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $65000 $31.25
Management of Companies and Enterprises $64780 $31.15
Local Government $63520 $30.54
Religious Organizations $62420 $30.01
Employment Services $60430 $29.05
Civic and Social Organizations $60250 $28.96
Individual and Family Services $60210 $28.95
Grantmaking and Giving Services $57450 $27.62
Social Advocacy Organizations $56530 $27.18
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $54740 $26.32
Other Residential Care Facilities $53770 $25.85
Other Schools and Instruction $53500 $25.72
Educational Support Services $52900 $25.44
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $51570 $24.79
Child Day Care Services $51550 $24.78
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $50690 $24.37

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