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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Childcare Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$30,080
75th Percentile Wage
$24,210
50th Percentile Wage
$19,730
25th Percentile Wage
$17,800
10th Percentile Wage
$16,570

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 $30,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,570. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 81% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $19,730 0.66%
2013 $19,600 0.46%
2012 $19,510 0.41%
2011 $19,430 0.67%
2010 $19,300 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for childcare workers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 2.23%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.46%. We also note that the average annual wage had a very small growth of 0.41% in 2012 and a small growth of 0.67% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Childcare Workers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Childcare Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of childcare workers in 16 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 $25,600. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $18,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$25,600
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,470
Educational Services
$22,870
Manufacturing
$22,680
Construction
$22,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,670
Information
$21,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$21,260
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,960
Retail Trade
$20,530
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,620
Health Care and Social Assistance
$19,330
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$19,140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$18,840

Table 5. 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 $17,490 to $25,100. The highest paying state for childcare workers is New York with a median annual salary of $25,100. The lowest paying state is Virgin Islands with a median annual salary of $17,490. 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
$25,100
Massachusetts
$25,050
District of Columbia
$24,990
Alaska
$24,090
California
$23,090
Vermont
$23,050
Colorado
$22,970
Minnesota
$22,200
Washington
$22,130
Connecticut
$21,840
Illinois
$21,820
New Jersey
$21,510
New Hampshire
$21,310
Oregon
$20,850
Wyoming
$20,690
Maine
$20,660
Maryland
$20,500
Rhode Island
$20,300
Delaware
$20,210
Wisconsin
$20,100
Nevada
$19,670
Michigan
$19,640
Utah
$19,540
Ohio
$19,500
North Carolina
$19,430
Florida
$19,230
Pennsylvania
$19,220
Montana
$19,070
Indiana
$19,040
Virginia
$19,030
Arizona
$19,020
Georgia
$18,910
Kansas
$18,860
Nebraska
$18,790
North Dakota
$18,780
Texas
$18,730
Kentucky
$18,660
Missouri
$18,580
Oklahoma
$18,580
South Dakota
$18,580
Tennessee
$18,530
New Mexico
$18,330
Iowa
$18,260
Hawaii
$18,230
Louisiana
$18,190
West Virginia
$18,180
Alabama
$17,990
Mississippi
$17,970
Idaho
$17,950
South Carolina
$17,950
Arkansas
$17,940
Guam
$17,520
Puerto Rico
$17,490
Virgin Islands
$17,490