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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
438,520 1.6 % $ 13.31 $ 27,680 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Childcare Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.91 $ 10.88 $ 13.22 $ 14.47 $ 17.99
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,540 $ 22,640 $ 27,490 $ 30,100 $ 37,430


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 236,360 29.37 $ 12.40 $ 25,790
Elementary and Secondary Schools 93,210 1.15 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 19,590 1.76 $ 11.34 $ 23,590
Civic and Social Organizations 16,070 6.15 $ 12.35 $ 25,690
Individual and Family Services 12,790 0.48 $ 14.15 $ 29,440

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 236,360 29.37 $ 12.40 $ 25,790
Other Residential Care Facilities 12,330 8.17 $ 14.89 $ 30,970
Civic and Social Organizations 16,070 6.15 $ 12.35 $ 25,690
Religious Organizations 4,040 2.25 $ 14.25 $ 29,630
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 19,590 1.76 $ 11.34 $ 23,590

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 120 0.05 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.02 $ 19.64 $ 40,860
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 70 0.10 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Real Estate (8) (8) $ 17.52 $ 36,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $ 17.50 $ 36,410


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.



Map of employment of childcare workers by state, May 2021


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 43,200 3.53 1.14 $ 11.43 $ 23,770
New York 41,720 4.81 1.55 $ 15.89 $ 33,060
California 28,240 1.71 0.55 $ 17.02 $ 35,390
Florida 27,740 3.22 1.04 $ 13.25 $ 27,560
Georgia 17,600 4.02 1.29 $ 11.48 $ 23,880


Map of location quotient of childcare workers by state, May 2021


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 3,730 9.44 3.03 $ 12.22 $ 25,410
Nebraska 7,600 7.93 2.55 $ 12.31 $ 25,610
Maine 4,190 7.08 2.28 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
South Dakota 2,780 6.61 2.12 $ 11.41 $ 23,720
Kentucky 10,930 5.94 1.91 $ 11.62 $ 24,170


Map of annual mean wages of childcare workers by state, May 2021


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 1,150 1.74 0.56 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
California 28,240 1.71 0.55 $ 17.02 $ 35,390
Massachusetts 12,050 3.55 1.14 $ 16.79 $ 34,920
Washington 5,560 1.73 0.56 $ 16.35 $ 34,020
Colorado 8,370 3.19 1.03 $ 16.03 $ 33,340



Map of employment of childcare workers by area, May 2021


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 37,220 4.29 1.38 $ 16.33 $ 33,970
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,610 2.98 0.96 $ 14.24 $ 29,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11,290 3.15 1.01 $ 12.19 $ 25,360
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 10,980 4.48 1.44 $ 13.33 $ 27,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,110 3.49 1.12 $ 11.61 $ 24,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 9,600 3.71 1.19 $ 12.36 $ 25,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 9,160 3.54 1.14 $ 16.84 $ 35,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,810 1.37 0.44 $ 16.39 $ 34,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,780 2.65 0.85 $ 16.01 $ 33,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,560 4.15 1.33 $ 14.71 $ 30,590


Map of location quotient of childcare workers by area, May 2021


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)
Fargo, ND-MN 1,380 10.11 3.25 $ 11.98 $ 24,910
Bismarck, ND 670 9.59 3.08 $ 12.74 $ 26,490
Lincoln, NE 1,600 9.38 3.01 $ 12.38 $ 25,750
Muncie, IN 400 9.23 2.97 $ 12.62 $ 26,240
Manhattan, KS 320 8.65 2.78 $ 10.22 $ 21,260
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 3,940 8.47 2.72 $ 12.61 $ 26,220
Portland-South Portland, ME 1,660 8.39 2.70 $ 15.30 $ 31,820
Sioux Falls, SD 1,280 8.24 2.65 $ 11.51 $ 23,930
Ithaca, NY 360 7.79 2.50 $ 15.03 $ 31,270
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 350 7.36 2.37 $ 14.51 $ 30,170