Child Care Provider Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Child Care Providers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.43 per hour to $14.76. The majority of Child Care Providers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in seven, and about a tenth earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$13,811 - $45,048

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$7.43 - $14.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$13,811 - $45,048  
   
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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$14,948 - $34,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.43 - $14.76  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $17.88  
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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$14,948 - $34,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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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While not commonly seen, Child Care Providers who transition into a Director of Child Care position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Child Care is $32K per year. However, it's more common for Child Care Providers to move into roles as 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


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. Child Care Providers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $23K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Child Care Provider Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

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 56 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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