A Childcare Worker earns an average wage of $9.88 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$13,235 - $43,588
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$13K
$28K
$44K
MEDIAN: $28,060
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$7.73 - $14.40
(Median)
$7
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$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,235 - $43,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
Total Pay (?
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$16,101 - $31,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $14.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.65  
Overtime
$9.19 - $21.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$16,101 - $31,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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Job Description for Childcare Worker

For a person who enjoys reading Dr. Seuss, playing with Play-doh or creating masterpieces with crayons, a career as a childcare worker may be very enticing. Not many people get to play at work, but that is exactly one of the responsibilities of a childcare worker. They not only play with children but also plan activities that are both enriching and educational. Childcare workers also help children develop good social skills, which are very important to a child’s development. Working in this field is much more than child’s play, however. The safety and well-being of the children they watch are in the hands of the childcare workers. Workers must therefore be vigilant and enthusiastic to keep up with the demands of energetic young children.

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Childcare Worker 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Childcare Worker

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

Childcare Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Childcare Worker?

Childcare Worker in Lauderhill:
"Summary."
Pros: Being a Childcare Worker allows me to instill education in children while their young. At the same time being a Childcare Worker creates a beautiful bond between the children and I, and allows me to explore all my areas of creativity.
Cons: My work environment and all the job entails can become stressful with deadlines, temper tantrums, and paperwork.

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Experience Affects Childcare Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$21,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Childcare Worker Salaries

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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