Salary for Childcare Workers

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Also known as:  Au Pair, Baby Sitter, Before and After School Daycare Worker, Childcare Aide, Childcare Attendant, Childcare Worker, Day Care Attendant, Day Care Worker, Daycare Aide, Daycare Provider helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Although childcare workers are not the most highly paid individuals relative to their training, many people consider working with children as the highest human calling. People typically take care of children in private practices or as part of public universities or teaching colleges, where they can often receive the same benefits available to teachers and administration. A degree in early childhood education can often advance the career prospects available.

A Childcare Worker can receive an average pay level of between $18,380 - $37,720 depending on the level of education. can receive an average pay level of twenty-six thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars per year.

have the best average pay in District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of approximately $37,760. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can get an average job salary of $36,110.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.92 percent nationwide in that time.


Childcare Workers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Retail Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)