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Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead their staffs, design program plans, oversee daily activities, and prepare budgets.
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Education
About 58% of education administrators have a graduate-level education, and 83% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by education administrators
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More education administrators have graduate degrees than 94% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Preschool and childcare center/program administrators, with 66,700 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for preschool and childcare center/program administrators are expected to grow by 7%, and should have about 5,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Preschool and childcare center/program administrators are less likely to be automated than 87% of other careers.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 51% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for preschool and childcare center/program administrators. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most preschool and childcare center/program administrators.
This job's median $48KAll jobs' median $39K$48K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 63% of education administrators -- that's a larger percentage than 78% of other jobs.
Gender of education administrators
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For education administrators, the median men's salary was 26% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 20% of education administrators are minority, and 8% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of education administrators
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (8%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 68% of education administrators, and 73% have company-sponsored health insurance (21% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for education administrators
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 82% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
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Injury and Illness
About 21 preschool and childcare center/program administrators become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, which reflects fewer events than in 74% of other careers. The most common specific illnesses or injuries are detailed following.
Bruises and contusions
Sprains, strains, tears
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of preschool and childcare center/program administrators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (90%)
  • Consequence of Error (67%)
  • Time Pressure (66%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (48%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (39%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do education administrators earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group education administrators, which combines the data for 4 careers, including preschool and childcare center/program administrators. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for preschool and childcare center/program administrators, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for preschool and childcare center/program administrators compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for preschool and childcare center/program administrators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all education administrators, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for education administrators compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for education administrators (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where preschool and childcare center/program administrators work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Education administrators (ACS)
Private for-profit (19.2%)
Private not-for-profit (26.7%)
Local government (25.6%)
State government (24.5%)
Federal government (0.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.2%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of education administrators by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of education administrators, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of preschool and childcare center/program administrators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty preschool and childcare center/program administrators, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$48K$70K$47K$62K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for education administrators

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Education administrators and gender

With 63% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 78% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Education administrators
Men (37%)
Women (63%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%, and the difference for education administrators tops that, with the median salary for men 26% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$63K$80K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Education administrators have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 72% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of education administrators

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority education administrators falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of education administrators
White (78% )
Black (13% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for education administrators by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$53K$60K$62K$64K$64K$65K$68K$72K$0$50K$100K$150KOtherAmerican IndianMultiracialPacific IslanderBlackHispanicAsianWhite
Distribution: Salaries for education administrators by nativity
$64K$70K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Education administrators and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 10% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 52% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time education administrators is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by preschool and childcare center/program administrators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), preschool and childcare center/program administrators typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as education administrators as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for education administrators.

Education attained by education administrators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for preschool and childcare center/program administrators

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have at least a bachelor’s degree, but educational requirements vary by state. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree, or at least some postsecondary coursework, in early childhood education. These programs teach child development, provide strategies for instructing young children, and show how to observe and document children’s progress.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for preschool and childcare center/program administrators

States may require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states have more requirements, such as requiring staff to have certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

Some employers have additional requirements, such as the CDA credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Candidates need to pay a fee, take coursework, obtain experience in the field, and be observed while working with children. This credential needs to be renewed every 3 years.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for education administrators? Below we see the distribution of education administrators salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as education administrators, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$48K$41K$42K$42K$55K$79K$89K$101K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (5%)Some College (8%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (24%)Master's Degree (44%)Professional Deg/Doct (5%)Doctorate (9%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by education administrators

This table shows the college majors held by people working as education administrators. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Education administrators with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
11.7%
$0$200K$52K
7.7%
$0$200K$50K
5.7%
$0$200K$53K
3.2%
$0$200K$58K
2.8%
$0$200K$63K
2.7%
$0$200K$55K
2.3%
$0$200K$63K
1.9%
$0$200K$53K
1.6%
$0$200K$55K
1.6%
$0$200K$55K
1.5%
$0$200K$68K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as education administrators, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by education administrators given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

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How your college major impacts salary
What college major is your best entry?

Does your major impact your salary? About 0% of people working as education administrators have at least a bachelor's degree. In the chart below, each dot represents a college major held by workers in the field. The dots to the right correspond to the majors most frequently working as education administrators, and the dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career. The shading shows the percentage who have a graduate education in addition to their bachelor's degree. The dotted line shows the median salary for everyone working as education administrators.

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%2.0%4.0%6.0%8.0%10.0%12.0%Percentage with this major$40,000$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000$100,000Median salary with this major
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for education administrators

What jobs will most education administrators hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of education administrators reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Education administratorsManagers (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersSecretaries and administrative assistantsChildcare workersPostsecondary teachersCounselorsEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Chief executives and legislatorsTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Secondary school teachersGeneral office clerks
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for education administrators

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 10 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as education administrators as well as 1% of respondents after working as education administrators. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for education administrators
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Secretaries and administrative assistants
380,700
$0$200K$37K
Postsecondary teachers
180,200
$0$200K$63K
Childcare workers
177,900
$0$200K$20K
Elementary and middle school teachers
161,600
$0$200K$52K
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
Secondary school teachers
85,900
$0$200K$54K
Counselors
62,300
$0$200K$45K
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$44K
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
32,600
$0$200K$54K
Chief executives and legislators
21,100
$0$200K$96K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for education administrators: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as education administrators? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of education administrators surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for education administrators
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Secretaries and administrative assistants
380,700
$0$200K$37K
2.6%
Postsecondary teachers
180,200
$0$200K$63K
2.3%
Childcare workers
177,900
$0$200K$20K
1.6%
Elementary and middle school teachers
161,600
$0$200K$52K
3.8%
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
2.7%
Secondary school teachers
85,900
$0$200K$54K
1.2%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
72,400
$0$200K$25K
1.2%
Counselors
62,300
$0$200K$45K
1.6%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$44K
1.4%
Education administrators
49,700
$0$200K$70K
49.7%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
32,600
$0$200K$54K
1.5%
Office and administrative support workers
29,800
$0$200K$41K
1.1%
Chief executives and legislators
21,100
$0$200K$96K
1.4%
No occupation
3.2%
Read about preschool and childcare center/program administrators
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Preschool and childcare center directors typically do the following:

  • Supervise preschool teachers and childcare workers
  • Hire and train new staff members
  • Provide professional development opportunities for staff
  • Establish policies and communicate them to staff and parents
  • Develop educational programs and standards
  • Maintain instructional excellence
  • Assist staff in communicating with parents and children
  • Meet with parents and staff to discuss students’ progress
  • Prepare budgets and allocate program funds
  • Ensure that facilities are maintained and cleaned according to state regulations

Some preschools and childcare centers are independently owned and operated. In these facilities, directors must follow the instructions and guidelines of the owner. Sometimes, the directors are the owners, so they decide how to operate them.

Other preschools and childcare centers are part of a national chain or franchise. The director of a chain or franchise must ensure that the facility meets the parent organization’s standards and regulations.

In addition, some preschools and childcare centers, such as Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding. Directors need to follow the requirements set by Department of Health and Human Services for program, staff, and facilities. 

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of preschool and childcare center/program administrators? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Business skills
Preschool and childcare center directors manage childcare centers and need to be able to operate the business effectively.
Communication skills
Directors inform parents and staff about the children’s progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information.
Interpersonal skills
Preschool and childcare center directors must be able to develop relationships with parents, children, and staff.
Leadership skills
Preschool and childcare center directors need leadership skills to supervise staff and inspire diligence. They also must enforce rules and regulations.
Organizational skills
Directors need to maintain clear records about children and staff. In addition, they must be able to multitask when several people or situations require their attention.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for preschool and childcare center/program administrators
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 51% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for preschool and childcare center/program administrators. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for preschool and childcare center/program administrators are anticipated to grow by 7% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 63% of other jobs.

The projected employment for preschool and childcare center/program administrators is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most preschool and childcare center/program administrators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as preschool and childcare center/program administrators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all education administrators, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where preschool and childcare center/program administrators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for education administrators compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for education administrators.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all education administrators, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrators (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which preschool and childcare center/program administrators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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