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Childcare Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of childcare workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of childcare workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The childcare workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Childcare Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,190
25th Percentile Wage
$18,680
50th Percentile Wage
$21,170
75th Percentile Wage
$25,490
90th Percentile Wage
$31,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for childcare workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) childcare workers is $31,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,190. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 84% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of childcare workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201621,1704.02%7.84%
201520,3202.90%-
201419,7300.66%-
201319,6000.46%-
201219,510--

Table 2. Childcare Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of childcare workers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for childcare workers occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $26,430. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $19,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$26,430
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$26,340
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$24,180
Educational Services
$24,030
Federal, State, and Local Government
$22,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,620
Retail Trade
$22,490
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,420
Information
$22,350
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,290
Manufacturing
$21,950
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,320
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,890

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Childcare Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only childcare workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of childcare workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,780 to $26,700. The highest paying state for childcare workers is New York with a median annual salary of $26,700. The lowest paying state is Virgin Islands with a median annual salary of $17,780. For more salary information of childcare workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$26,700
Alaska
$25,950
Massachusetts
$25,770
Colorado
$25,630
California
$25,190
Vermont
$25,080
District of Columbia
$24,730
Washington
$24,100
Connecticut
$23,410
Maryland
$23,030
Oregon
$23,030
Minnesota
$23,000
New Jersey
$22,830
Wyoming
$22,730
Illinois
$22,590
Maine
$22,410
New Hampshire
$21,860
Rhode Island
$21,500
Arizona
$21,370
North Dakota
$20,890
Nevada
$20,670
Nebraska
$20,570
Wisconsin
$20,350
Delaware
$20,270
Michigan
$20,200
Florida
$20,160
Ohio
$20,140
North Carolina
$19,990
Virginia
$19,750
Indiana
$19,740
South Dakota
$19,650
Utah
$19,640
Pennsylvania
$19,590
Hawaii
$19,540
Missouri
$19,540
West Virginia
$19,450
Montana
$19,350
New Mexico
$19,260
Georgia
$19,240
Texas
$19,240
Iowa
$19,190
Tennessee
$19,160
Guam
$19,140
Kentucky
$19,000
Arkansas
$18,890
Kansas
$18,830
Oklahoma
$18,750
Louisiana
$18,520
South Carolina
$18,510
Mississippi
$18,420
Idaho
$18,390
Alabama
$18,280
Puerto Rico
$17,860
Virgin Islands
$17,780


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