The Average Hourly Pay Rate for a Child Care Provider

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The Average Hourly Pay Rate for a Child Care Provider
A child care provider supervises children and takes part in activities. (Stockbroker/Valueline/Getty Images)

When parents are at work or away, they may rely on trusted child care providers to supervise their children. These workers make sure children remain safe and sound. Child care providers teach, nurture and care for children as young as newborns. Some child care providers watch older children after school. Child care providers are also known as child care workers, according to the Occupational Information Network, a website sponsored by the Department of Labor. Learn about the average hourly pay rate for a child care provider.

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National

The mean, or average, hourly pay rate for child care workers was £6.50, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. There were approximately 595,650 child care workers employed in the United States.

Experience

The PayScale website lists the hourly wage of child care workers based on experience. In October 2010, child care workers with less than one year of experience earned anywhere from between £4.80 to 9.80; one to four years, £4.80 to £6.40; five to nine years, £5.2 to £6.70; 10 to 19 years, £5.40 to £7.40; and 20 years or more, £5.3 to £8.10.

High Employment

The child day care services industry employed the largest number of child care workers with an average hourly wage of £5.90, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that employed large numbers were: elementary and secondary schools, £7.30; amusement and recreation industries, £5.90; residential care facilities, £7.10; and civic and social organisations, £6.0.

Top-Paying Industries

The home health care services industry paid the highest average hourly pay above all other industries to child care workers with £9.40, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that offered high pay were: speciality hospitals, £8.90; scientific research and development services, £8.60; personal care services, £8.50; and legal services, £8.40.

Top-Paying Locations

The District of Columbia paid the highest average hourly pay above all other locations to child care workers with £7.60, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other states that offered high pay were: Massachusetts, £7.60; New York, £7.50; California, £7.40; and Alaska, £7.40.

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