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Childcare Provider Salary

Most Childcare Providers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.00 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.34 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.91. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to between a fifth and a fourth, and just under one in five earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Childcare Providers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$14,440 - $50,868
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,523
10%
50%
90%

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$7.34 - $14.91
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,440 - $50,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $984  
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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$15,193 - $40,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $14.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $984  
   
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).
)
$15,193 - $40,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Daycare Teacher. Median pay for Daycare Teachers is $20K.

Child Care / Day Care Worker Job Listings

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Childcare Providers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $18K. Childcare Providers see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Childcare Providers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $24K.

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 30%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Childcare Provider Salaries


National Average
$20,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 74%
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