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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Childcare Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,490
25th Percentile Wage
$19,180
50th Percentile Wage
$22,290
75th Percentile Wage
$26,610
90th Percentile Wage
$32,780

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 $32,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,490. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 87% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of childcare workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$22,290
5.02% 12.47%
2016
$21,170
4.02% -
2015
$20,320
2.90% -
2014
$19,730
0.66% -
2013
$19,600
0.46% -
2012
$19,510
- -

Table 2. Childcare Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of childcare workers in 17 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $26,680. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $20,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$26,680
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,000
Finance and Insurance
$24,940
Educational Services
$24,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,090
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,760
Retail Trade
$23,680
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,640
Federal, State, and Local Government
$23,480
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,090
Information
$23,000
Manufacturing
$22,740
Construction
$22,680
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$21,420
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,410
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,440

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 $17,880 to $29,810. The highest paying state for childcare workers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $29,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,880. For more salary information of childcare workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$29,810
Massachusetts
$26,510
Vermont
$26,440
Colorado
$26,200
New York
$25,760
Washington
$25,620
California
$25,570
Alaska
$24,940
Connecticut
$24,690
Rhode Island
$24,580
New Jersey
$23,930
Oregon
$23,810
Maryland
$23,480
Minnesota
$23,450
Arizona
$23,380
Maine
$23,250
Wyoming
$23,180
New Hampshire
$22,430
Illinois
$22,410
Hawaii
$22,130
North Dakota
$21,960
Nevada
$21,610
Nebraska
$21,480
Delaware
$21,230
Michigan
$20,990
Florida
$20,980
Wisconsin
$20,850
Missouri
$20,730
North Carolina
$20,510
Ohio
$20,500
Montana
$20,460
Virginia
$20,430
Pennsylvania
$20,190
South Dakota
$20,130
New Mexico
$20,080
Indiana
$20,000
Utah
$19,870
Georgia
$19,830
West Virginia
$19,790
Texas
$19,670
Arkansas
$19,380
Kentucky
$19,300
Tennessee
$19,290
Kansas
$19,240
Guam
$19,180
Iowa
$19,130
South Carolina
$19,030
Oklahoma
$18,930
Virgin Islands
$18,820
Idaho
$18,800
Louisiana
$18,610
Alabama
$18,580
Mississippi
$18,380
Puerto Rico
$17,880



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