Women comprise the majority of Daycare Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.56 per hour on average. Job satisfaction for Daycare Assistants is high. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to around one in ten, and less than 10 percent earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$15,442 - $33,046
(Median)
$15K
$26K
$33K
MEDIAN: $25,508
10%
50%
90%

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$7.95 - $12.02
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$15,442 - $33,046  
   
Bonus
$75.00  
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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$16,509 - $26,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $12.02  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $18.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$75.00  
   
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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$16,509 - $26,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Job Description for Daycare Assistant

  • Clean and organize facility.
  • Prepare and disseminate activity and lesson materials and supplies.
  • Assist child care leads with activities and daily supervision of children.
  • Communicate concerns, problems and needs to supervisor.

Common Career Paths for Daycare Assistant


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Daycare Assistants who transition into an upper level Daycare Teacher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Daycare Teacher makes $21K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Daycare Assistant

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 $20K. Daycare Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. Daycare Assistants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $22K.

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Experience Affects Daycare Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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