Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

39-9011 Childcare Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play. Excludes "Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education" (25-2011) and "Teacher Assistants" (25-9041).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
624,520 1.0 % $10.25 $21,310 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.85 $8.46 $9.38 $11.51 $14.19
Annual Wage (2) $16,340 $17,600 $19,510 $23,940 $29,510


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 297,850 37.00 $9.48 $19,710
Elementary and Secondary Schools 138,250 1.67 $11.51 $23,940
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 34,480 3.18 $9.56 $19,880
Civic and Social Organizations 30,960 8.05 $9.52 $19,800
Other Residential Care Facilities 25,980 16.47 $11.07 $23,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 297,850 37.00 $9.48 $19,710
Other Residential Care Facilities 25,980 16.47 $11.07 $23,020
Civic and Social Organizations 30,960 8.05 $9.52 $19,800
School and Employee Bus Transportation 8,290 4.15 $10.97 $22,820
Religious Organizations 7,070 3.84 $10.78 $22,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $14.41 $29,980
Outpatient Care Centers 920 0.14 $13.34 $27,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $13.00 $27,030
Legal Services (8) (8) $12.96 $26,950
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $12.43 $25,850


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 68,460 8.01 1.67 $11.91 $24,770
Texas 56,480 5.34 1.11 $9.17 $19,070
California 56,220 3.93 0.82 $11.76 $24,460
Florida 36,550 5.03 1.05 $9.74 $20,260
Pennsylvania 29,560 5.28 1.10 $9.88 $20,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 68,460 8.01 1.67 $11.91 $24,770
Kentucky 14,000 7.93 1.65 $9.08 $18,890
South Dakota 2,740 6.88 1.43 $8.73 $18,160
Wyoming 1,890 6.79 1.42 $11.09 $23,070
Nebraska 6,160 6.73 1.40 $8.85 $18,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,600 2.44 0.51 $14.66 $30,490
Massachusetts 11,860 3.70 0.77 $12.26 $25,500
New York 68,460 8.01 1.67 $11.91 $24,770
California 56,220 3.93 0.82 $11.76 $24,460
Colorado 8,090 3.64 0.76 $11.74 $24,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 43,050 8.35 1.74 $12.36 $25,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,410 3.98 0.83 $11.61 $24,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,970 5.67 1.18 $8.73 $18,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 13,330 5.89 1.23 $9.66 $20,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,680 6.41 1.34 $10.14 $21,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 11,190 4.77 1.00 $11.46 $23,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,400 2.58 0.54 $11.46 $23,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,360 4.47 0.93 $10.08 $20,980
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 8,170 6.68 1.39 $13.36 $27,780
St. Louis, MO-IL 7,730 6.06 1.26 $9.66 $20,090