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Child Care Provider Salary (United States)

Child Care Providers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.25 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.34 per hour, and the top verges on $14.42. Nearly one-seventh report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. Most Child Care Providers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Child Care Provider Salary (?
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$13,747 - $56,672
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26K
36K
57K
MEDIAN: $25,542
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Child Care Provider Salary (?
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$7.34 - $14.42
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$13,747 - $56,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
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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$14,878 - $35,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $14.42  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $18.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
   
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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$14,878 - $35,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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Job Description for Child Care Provider

Child care providers supervise children in a facility, providing education and keep them safe until the guardians return. These professionals must provide engaging activities that are age appropriate and promote appropriate behavior. Their typical day consists of welcoming the children in the morning and taking attendance, followed by directly working with the children for the remainder of the day; these interactions could include guided play, free play, education, and meals. At the end of the day, logs must be maintained to show exactly what the children did and if any educational progress was made; these logs are typically shared with the guardians when the children are picked up.
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Child Care Provider Tasks
  • Interact with other adults, including parents and fellow child care workers, on behalf of children.
  • Contribute to facility's planning and administration.
  • Provide a safe, orderly environment in which children's needs (physical, emotional, social, etc.) are met effectively.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Provider

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It's not very common for Child Care Providers to move on to become Directors of Child Care. Typical pay for a Director of Child Care is $32K annually. Typical career progression for a Child Care Provider involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Nanny or Aupair, roles that pay $11K more and $4K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Provider

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Child Care Providers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $19K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $21K. On average, Child Care Providers make $21K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $21K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-eighth.

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Experience Affects Child Care Provider Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 85%