Childcare Provider Salary

Women account for the majority of Childcare Providers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $8.98 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.34 per hour, and the top verges on $14.56. In this profession, just under one in four enjoy medical and dental coverage, and around one in seven have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,359 - $50,083
(Median)
$14K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,243
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50%
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$7.34 - $14.56
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,359 - $50,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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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$15,179 - $40,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $14.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$15,179 - $40,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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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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Many Childcare Providers move into a Daycare Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Daycare Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Childcare Providers.

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Childcare Providers report a focused set of job skills. Childhood Education and Activities for Children are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Childcare Provider

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $18K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $21K. Childcare Providers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Childcare Providers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $22K.

Childcare Provider Advice

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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 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Childcare Provider Salaries


National Average
$20,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 10%

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
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 75%