How Much Do Daycare Workers Get Paid?

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Daycare workers provide children with activities to stay busy.
Daycare workers provide children with activities to stay busy. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Daycare workers provide an important service for parents nationwide. They provide child care and education to children while parents are away at work throughout the workweek. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for child care workers is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 to 2018.

Average Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 611,280 individuals employed as child care workers in 2010. As of May 2010, the average hourly wage made by these workers was $10.15 or an annual salary of $21,110. Daycare workers worked in child care centers, schools, residential care facilities and civil and social organizations.

Pay Scale

An examination of the pay scale of the money earned by day care workers provides some insight into the average salary for those working in this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most workers earned somewhere between $8.28 and $11.46 per hour, or $17,210 and $23,830 annually. The median pay for these workers was $9.28 per hour or $19,300 per year. At the top end of the pay scale were workers who made more than $14.08 per hour or $29,280. The lowest-paid workers made $7.65 per hour or $15,900 per year.

Employers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, daycare workers who worked in more traditional daycare facilities made an average hourly wage of $9.30 or $19,330, as of 2010. The highest-paid childcare workers worked in psychiatric hospitals making $29,810 annually or about $14.33 per hour. Also notable were daycare workers working in residential care facilities who made an average annual salary of $22,880 or $11.00 per hour.

Location

Location plays a role in determining the pay of child care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paying state for daycare workers was Massachusetts with an average hourly wage of $12.11 or $25,180 per year, as of 2010. New York and Alaska were the next highest-paying states with annual salaries of 24,300 and $24,040. Pay was considerably less in Texas, even though Texas had the third-highest number of daycare workers. Texas daycare workers made $18,830 annually or $9.05 per hour.

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