What Is the Salary of a Child Care Assistant?

Child care assistants are not paid well, earning an average annual salary of $21,710 in May 2014 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data). Read on to learn about how the salaries will vary by location and employer along with other factors. Schools offering Child Care Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Salary Overview

The average salary for child care assistants or child care workers is low, but can increase with education, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov. The average annual salary was $21,710 annually or $10.44 per hour in May 2014. The BLS also found that the median salary was $19,730 yearly or $9.48 hourly at that time. Workers in the bottom ten percentile of wages made $16,570 or less a year, while those in the top ten percentile of wages made $30,080 or more per year.

Important Facts About Child Care Assistants

Required Education High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
Key Skills Patience, Interpersonal communication, Multitasking, Empathy
Work Environment School, Daycare center, and home office
Similar Occupations Preschool Teacher, Teacher Assistant, Guidance Counselor

Salary by Location

Pay also varies considerably by state. In May 2014, the BLS gave the following data concerning mean annual salaries of child care workers in states that employ the most workers in this field:

  • Texas $19,740
  • California $24,810
  • New York $25,730
  • Florida $20,790
  • North Carolina $20,520

These workers make more money in some states for a variety of reasons. The following are statistics taken from BLS regarding states that paid top mean wages in May 2012:

  • District of Columbia: $26,470
  • Massachusetts: $25,890
  • New York: $25,730
  • Alaska: $25,080
  • California: $24,810

Salary by Industry

Child care workers can work in many different industries. Some, such as healthcare facilities, may require certification or additional experience, while others don't. The BLS reported the following mean salaries for the industries employing the most of these professionals as of May 2012:

  • Child day care services: $20,270
  • Religious Organizations: $22,780
  • Other amusement and recreation industries: $20,320
  • Civic and social organizations: $20,310
  • Other residential care facilities: $24,250

The BLS also reported that the following industries had the highest mean wages for this career in May 2012:

  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals: $37,060
  • State Government: $31,300
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $28,620
  • Business Schools and Computer and Management Training: $27,790
  • School and Employee Bus Transportation: $27,430

Job Outlook

The BLS expects average growth for child care workers over the 2014-2024. Growth is estimated to be 5% over this period, which results in an additional 69,300 jobs. Since there's a lot of turnover in this field, the BLS expects good prospects for individuals with and without formal education.

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