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Child Care Provider Salary

Most Child Care Providers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.39 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.37 per hour and $14.79. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to around a seventh, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,917 - $52,125
(Median)
$13K
$25K
$52K
MEDIAN: $24,753
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$7.37 - $14.79
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$12,917 - $52,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $325.00  
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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$14,794 - $35,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.37 - $14.79  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $19.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $325.00  
   
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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$14,794 - $35,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309

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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. Moving from a Child Care Provider to Administrative Assistant or Daycare Teacher is a more common career path, however.

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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $19K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $21K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $22K.

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Experience Affects Child Care Provider Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 84%
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