Child Care Provider Salary

Most Child Care Providers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.31 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.34 per hour on the lower end to $14.74 on the higher end. Around one in seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one-tenth collect dental insurance. The majority of Child Care Providers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$12,941 - $50,880
(Median)
$13K
$25K
$51K
MEDIAN: $24,619
10%
50%
90%

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$7.34 - $14.74
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,941 - $50,880  
   
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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$14,780 - $35,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $14.74  
   
Overtime
$4.86 - $19.80  
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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$14,780 - $35,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306

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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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Though some Child Care Providers move into positions like Director of Child Care (where the average salary is $32K), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Child Care Providers become Administrative Assistants or Daycare Teachers.

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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 many Child Care Providers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $19K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $21K. Child Care Providers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $21K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $22K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Child Care Provider Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 85%