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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 "Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education" (25-9042).


National estimates for Childcare Workers
Industry profile for Childcare Workers
Geographic profile for Childcare Workers

National estimates for Childcare Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Childcare Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
494,360 1.4 % $ 12.88 $ 26,790 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Childcare Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.84 $ 10.05 $ 12.24 $ 14.78 $ 18.13
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,380 $ 20,900 $ 25,460 $ 30,750 $ 37,720


Industry profile for Childcare Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Childcare Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 254,390 32.11 $ 12.05 $ 25,060
Elementary and Secondary Schools 105,780 1.28 $ 14.56 $ 30,280
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 27,370 2.70 $ 11.76 $ 24,460
Civic and Social Organizations 19,320 6.75 $ 11.99 $ 24,930
Other Residential Care Facilities 16,830 10.51 $ 14.01 $ 29,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Childcare Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 254,390 32.11 $ 12.05 $ 25,060
Other Residential Care Facilities 16,830 10.51 $ 14.01 $ 29,150
Civic and Social Organizations 19,320 6.75 $ 11.99 $ 24,930
Religious Organizations 6,660 3.55 $ 13.68 $ 28,460
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 27,370 2.70 $ 11.76 $ 24,460

Top paying industries for Childcare Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 150 0.06 $ 20.69 $ 43,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.02 $ 18.47 $ 38,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 (7) $ 17.98 $ 37,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $ 17.25 $ 35,890


Geographic profile for Childcare Workers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Childcare Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 51,770 4.28 1.20 $ 11.24 $ 23,370
New York 49,160 5.66 1.59 $ 15.14 $ 31,500
California 44,760 2.72 0.77 $ 16.27 $ 33,840
Florida 25,100 2.97 0.84 $ 12.50 $ 26,000
New Jersey 20,000 5.29 1.49 $ 14.39 $ 29,930




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Childcare Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 3,110 7.78 2.19 $ 12.27 $ 25,510
Nebraska 6,940 7.36 2.07 $ 12.03 $ 25,030
South Dakota 2,480 6.04 1.70 $ 10.93 $ 22,730
New York 49,160 5.66 1.59 $ 15.14 $ 31,500
Montana 2,530 5.56 1.56 $ 11.45 $ 23,810




Top paying states for Childcare Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,840 2.68 0.76 $ 18.16 $ 37,760
Vermont 1,320 4.70 1.32 $ 16.34 $ 33,990
California 44,760 2.72 0.77 $ 16.27 $ 33,840
Washington 5,140 1.61 0.45 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
Massachusetts 11,480 3.43 0.96 $ 15.92 $ 33,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Childcare Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 51,860 5.87 1.65 $ 15.29 $ 31,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,050 2.76 0.78 $ 16.49 $ 34,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,960 4.17 1.17 $ 11.97 $ 24,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,150 4.09 1.15 $ 11.23 $ 23,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,630 2.67 0.75 $ 13.37 $ 27,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 10,010 3.31 0.93 $ 15.33 $ 31,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 8,700 3.30 0.93 $ 10.23 $ 21,270
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 8,640 3.32 0.93 $ 15.94 $ 33,160
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,560 3.41 0.96 $ 12.99 $ 27,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,100 3.00 0.85 $ 12.22 $ 25,410




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Childcare Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa City, IA 980 11.39 3.21 $ 10.71 $ 22,270
Hammond, LA 450 10.60 2.98 $ 10.65 $ 22,140
Muncie, IN 450 10.36 2.91 $ 12.64 $ 26,300
Kingston, NY 520 9.55 2.69 $ 13.65 $ 28,400
Great Falls, MT 320 9.39 2.64 $ 11.59 $ 24,100
Ithaca, NY 420 9.06 2.55 $ 14.68 $ 30,540
Fargo, ND-MN 1,180 8.80 2.48 $ 11.74 $ 24,430
Binghamton, NY 810 8.75 2.46 $ 13.24 $ 27,530
Bismarck, ND 570 8.41 2.37 $ 12.32 $ 25,620
Ames, IA 350 8.10 2.28 $ 9.48 $ 19,710