|Quick Facts: Childcare Workers|
$27,490 per year
$13.22 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
What Childcare Workers Do
Childcare workers attend to children's needs while helping to foster early development.
Childcare workers typically work in childcare centers, their own home, or private households. Part-time work and irregular hours are common.
How to Become a Childcare Worker
Education and training requirements for childcare workers vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to certification in early childhood education.
The median hourly wage for childcare workers was $13.22 in May 2021.
Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 170,100 openings for childcare workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
State & Area Data
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for childcare workers.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of childcare workers with similar occupations.
More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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