Childcare Provider Salary

Childcare Providers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.17 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges from $7.35 per hour on the lower end to $14.89 on the higher end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to just over one in five, and approximately one in six earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,913 - $51,521
(Median)
$17K
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$52K
MEDIAN: $30,311
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$7.35 - $14.89
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$16,913 - $51,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
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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$15,360 - $40,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.35 - $14.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
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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$15,360 - $40,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Job Description for Childcare Provider

Childcare providers' tasks vary, but they mostly revolve around watching over young children and providing them with any needed support or assistance. This often includes tasks such as meal preparation, playing with children under their care, setting up activities, and sometimes transporting children to various locations. There is a high emphasis on safety and careful supervision, so full attention throughout work hours is mandatory. Childcare providers must be comfortable working with children, as well as the ability to stay in control while keeping things fun.

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Childcare 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 Childcare Provider


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Childcare Providers do not often transition into Administrative Assistant roles. The role averages $31K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Childcare Provider

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $19K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Childcare Providers make a median salary of $28K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $23K on average.

Childcare Provider Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Childcare Provider in 60613:
"Negotiate Terms, Salary And Benefits In Writing."
The childcare provider field of work can be rewarding and fulfilling in so many ways. It brings joy to you each day to see the children grow and develop under your care. The downside is if you are used to working in an administrative professional environment where you receive excellent compensation benefits and perks, it is difficult to work in an environment as an independent provider, on a part time basis, with absolutely no benefits (medical, dental). Where it's your word against the employer and they usually have the upper hand in any discussion. Benefits and job conditions discussed and not put in writing can and will be changed at any given moment as well as added responsibilities with no compensation. The hard work and long hours sometimes goes unappreciated, and you seldom get any credit when milestones are reached and exceeded. Many employers expect nanny qualities but most times you are expected to perform tasks that should not be the job of a nanny but a housekeeper.

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Experience Affects Childcare Provider Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Childcare Provider Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

National Average
$21,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 74%
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