Most Childcare Providers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.87 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Roughly a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-tenth collect dental insurance. Most Childcare Providers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$14,237 - $61,868
$14K
$31K
$62K
MEDIAN: $31,227
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$7.60 - $14.71
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$15
MEDIAN: $9.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$14,237 - $61,868  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
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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$15,502 - $40,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $14.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$10.21 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
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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$15,502 - $40,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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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

  • Provide a safe, orderly environment in which children's needs (physical, emotional, social, etc.) are met effectively.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation.
  • Interact with other adults, including parents and fellow child care workers, on behalf of children.
  • Contribute to facility's planning and administration.

Common Career Paths for Childcare Provider


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For Childcare Providers, progressing to an Administrative Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Administrative Assistant can earn $31K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Childcare Provider

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $19K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $21K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $26K. For some reason, Childcare Providers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $24K.

Childcare Provider Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Childcare Provider?

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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Key Stats for Childcare Provider

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Childcare Provider Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$21,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Childcare Provider Salaries

Activities for Children
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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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