Child Care Provider Salary

Child Care Providers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.44 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.41 per hour, and the top verges on $14.79. Job satisfaction for Child Care Providers is high. Roughly a seventh enjoy medical while around one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,283 - $44,886
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$45K
MEDIAN: $24,212
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$7.41 - $14.79
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,283 - $44,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $290.87  
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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$14,740 - $35,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.41 - $14.79  
   
Overtime
$4.79 - $17.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $290.87  
   
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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$14,740 - $35,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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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Child Care Providers sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Child Care. That role pays $32K per year on average. More commonly, Child Care Providers become Administrative Assistants or Daycare Teachers.

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Child Care Providers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Curriculum Planning and Activities for Children are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Provider

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Child Care Providers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $19K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. Child Care Providers see a median salary of $21K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Child Care Providers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $23K.

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Experience Affects Child Care Provider Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Child Care Provider Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 7%

National Average
$20,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 15% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 83%
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