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How much money will I make working in a child day care?


                                                            by: Metrodaycare.com Staff   11/24/2011

Thinking about a job in child day care center or nursery? The first question many people ask is,

"How much does child care pay?"



Well, the answer is it depends! However, statistics show the average medium salary is $28,075 and 50% of all providers in the U.S. make between $24,310 & $32,894 per year. The remainder that make more than $32,894 usually cap out at $37,281 and for those unfortunate enough to make less, usually make at least $20,883 per year. This data is current as of November 2011 and comes from www.salary.com. Since these number vary so much from state to state, below we have compiled all the average salaries for child care workers around the U.S. So, just scroll to your state and see first hand the average wages for child care workers in your area!


State by State listing of average wages for day care workers



Alabama Average Child Care Wages -- Average wage $24,976


Montgomery, AL -- $23,976 medium salary day care center teacher.
Birmingham, AL -- $26,222 medium salary day care center teacher.
Tuscaloosa, AL -- $25,184 medium salary day care center teacher.
Dothan, AL -- $24,229 medium salary day care center teacher.
Mobile, AL -- $25,268 medium salary day care center teacher.



Alaska Average Child Care Wages


Anchorage, AK -- $32,034 medium salary day care center teacher.
Fairbanks, AK -- $32,231 medium salary day care center teacher.
Juneau, AK -- $31,781 medium salary day care center teacher.



Arizona Average Child Care Wages


Flagstaff, AZ -- $24,734 medium salary day care center teacher.
Mesa, AZ -- $27,823 medium salary day care center teacher.
Phonenix, AZ -- $27,823 medium salary day care center teacher.
Tucson, AZ -- $25,212 medium salary day care center teacher.



Arkansas Average Child Care Wages


Fayetteville, AR -- $23,836 medium salary day care center teacher.
Fort Smith, AR -- $23,696 medium salary day care center teacher.
Little Rock, AR -- $25,071 medium salary day care center teacher.
Pine Bluff, AR -- $24,510 medium salary day care center teacher.



California Average Child Care Wages


Los Angeles, CA -- $30,827 medium salary day care center teacher.
Orange County, CA -- $28,075 medium salary day care center teacher.
San Francisco, CA -- $33,690 medium salary day care center teacher.
San Diego, CA -- $29,704 medium salary day care center teacher.



Colorado Average Child Care Wages


Boulder, CO -- $28,862 medium salary day care center teacher.
Colorado Springs, CO -- $26,419 medium salary day care center teacher.
Denver, CO -- $28,918 medium salary day care center teacher.
Fort Collins, CO -- $26,672 medium salary day care center teacher.
Pueblo, CO -- $25,549 medium salary day care center teacher.



Connecticut Average Child Care Wages


Bridgeport, CT -- $31,697 medium salary day care center teacher.
Hartford, CT -- $30,546 medium salary day care center teacher.
Stamford, CT -- $32,231 medium salary day care center teacher.



Delaware Average Child Care Wages


Wilmington, DE -- $29,339 medium salary day care center teacher.



District of Columbia Average Child Care Wages


Washington, DC -- $30,602 medium salary day care center teacher.



Florida Average Child Care Wages


Gainesville, FL -- $25,240 medium salary day care center teacher.
Miami, FL -- $27,233 medium salary day care center teacher.
Orlando, FL -- $25,914 medium salary day care center teacher.
Tampa, FL -- $26,363 medium salary day care center teacher.



Georgia Average Child Care Wages


Atlanta, GA -- $28,132 medium salary day care center teacher.
Macon, GA -- $26,447 medium salary day care center teacher.
Savannah, GA -- $25,296 medium salary day care center teacher.



Hawaii Average Child Care Wages


Honolulu, HI -- $31,023 medium salary day care center teacher.



Idaho Average Child Care Wages


Boise, ID -- $26,391 medium salary day care center teacher.



Illinois Average Child Care Wages


Chicago, IL -- $29,788 medium salary day care center teacher.
Peoria, IL -- $26,391 medium salary day care center teacher.
Springfield, IL -- $27,205 medium salary day care center teacher.



Indiana Average Child Care Wages


Evansville, IN -- $25,352 medium salary day care center teacher.
Fort Wayne, IN -- $26,756 medium salary day care center teacher.
South Bend, IN -- $27,374 medium salary day care center teacher.



Iowa Average Child Care Wages


Cedar Falls, IA -- $24,369 medium salary day care center teacher.
Des Moines, IA -- $25,998 medium salary day care center teacher.
Sioux City, IA -- $23,359 medium salary day care center teacher.



Kansas Average Child Care Wages


Kansas City, KS -- $27,542 medium salary day care center teacher.
Topeka, KS -- $26,026 medium salary day care center teacher.
Wichita, KS -- $26,335 medium salary day care center teacher.



Kentucky Average Child Care Wages


Hopkinsville, KY -- $25,324 medium salary day care center teacher.
Lexington, KY -- $25,633 medium salary day care center teacher.
Louisville, KY -- $26,615 medium salary day care center teacher.



Louisiana Average Child Care Wages


Baton Rouge, LA -- $25,886 medium salary day care center teacher.
New Orleans, LA -- $28,525 medium salary day care center teacher.
Shreveport, LA -- $25,492 medium salary day care center teacher.



Maine Average Child Care Wages


Bangor, ME -- $25,296 medium salary day care center teacher.
Portland, ME -- $28,412 medium salary day care center teacher.



Maryland Average Child Care Wages


Baltimore, MD -- $29,676 medium salary day care center teacher.



Massachusetts Average Child Care Wages


Boston, MA -- $31,360 medium salary day care center teacher.
New Bedford, MA -- $29,479 medium salary day care center teacher.
Springfield, MA -- $28,862 medium salary day care center teacher.



Michigan Average Child Care Wages


Detroit, MI -- $29,086 medium salary day care center teacher.
Grand Rapids, MI -- $28,019 medium salary day care center teacher.
Lansing, MI -- $28,132 medium salary day care center teacher.



Minnesota Average Child Care Wages


Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN -- $28,075 medium salary day care center teacher.



Mississippi Average Child Care Wages


Biloxi, MS -- $23,780 medium salary day care center teacher.
Jackson, MS -- $25,464 medium salary day care center teacher.



Missouri Average Child Care Wages


Kansas City, MO -- $27,542 medium salary day care center teacher.
Springfield, MO -- $25,268 medium salary day care center teacher.
St. Louis, MO -- $28,075 medium salary day care center teacher.



Montana Average Child Care Wages


Billings, MT -- $24,622 medium salary day care center teacher.



Nebraska Average Child Care Wages


Lincoln, NE -- $24,706 medium salary day care center teacher.
Omaha, NE -- $26,251 medium salary day care center teacher.



Nevada Average Child Care Wages


Las Vegas, NV -- $27,963 medium salary day care center teacher.



New Hampshire Average Child Care Wages


Manchester, NH -- $29,198 medium salary day care center teacher.
Portsmouth, NH -- $28,665 medium salary day care center teacher.



New Jersey Average Child Care Wages


Atlantic City, NJ -- $31,136 medium salary day care center teacher.
Newark, NJ -- $32,989 medium salary day care center teacher.
Trenton, NJ -- $31,922 medium salary day care center teacher.



New Mexico Average Child Care Wages


Albuquerque, NM -- $27,177 medium salary day care center teacher.
Santa Fe, NM -- $26,082 medium salary day care center teacher.



New York Average Child Care Wages


Albany, NY -- $28,693 medium salary day care center teacher.
Buffalo, NY -- $26,980 medium salary day care center teacher.
New York, NY -- $33,326 medium salary day care center teacher.
Queens, NY -- $28,075 medium salary day care center teacher.
Rochester, NY -- $27,907 medium salary day care center teacher.
Utica, NY -- $26,138 medium salary day care center teacher.



North Carolina Average Child Care Wages


Charlotte, NC -- $27,851 medium salary day care center teacher.
Raleigh / Durham, NC-- $28,075 medium salary day care center teacher.
Wilmington, NC -- $25,043 medium salary day care center teacher.



North Dakota Average Child Care Wages


Bismarck, ND -- $25,717 medium salary day care center teacher.



Ohio Average Child Care Wages


Cincinnati, OH -- $27,795 medium salary day care center teacher.
Columbus, OH -- $27,795 medium salary day care center teacher.
Toledo, OH -- $27,374 medium salary day care center teacher.



Oklahoma Average Child Care Wages


Oklahoma City, OK -- $25,829 medium salary day care center teacher.
Tulsa, OK -- $26,363 medium salary day care center teacher.



Oregon Average Child Care Wages


Medford, OR -- $26,980 medium salary day care center teacher.
Portland, OR -- $28,805 medium salary day care center teacher.



Pennsylvania Average Child Care Wages


Erie, PA -- $26,615 medium salary day care center teacher.
Philadelphia, PA -- $29,676 medium salary day care center teacher.
Pittsburgh, PA -- $27,205 medium salary day care center teacher.



Rhode Island Average Child Care Wages


Providence, RI -- $29,507 medium salary day care center teacher.



South Carolina Average Child Care Wages


Columbia, SC -- $26,222 medium salary day care center teacher.
Greenville, SC -- $26,672 medium salary day care center teacher.
Sumter, SC -- $25,380 medium salary day care center teacher.



South Dakota Average Child Care Wages


Pierre, SD -- $24,173 medium salary day care center teacher.



Tennessee Average Child Care Wages


Chattanooga, TN -- $25,268 medium salary day care center teacher.
Memphis, TN -- $26,194 medium salary day care center teacher.
Nashville, TN -- $26,587 medium salary day care center teacher.



Texas Average Child Care Wages


Austin, TX -- $26,728 medium salary day care center teacher.
Corpus Christi, TX -- $26,251 medium salary day care center teacher.
Dallas, TX -- $27,991 medium salary day care center teacher.
Houston, TX -- $27,851 medium salary day care center teacher.
San Antonio, TX -- $25,998 medium salary day care center teacher.



Utah Average Child Care Wages


Salt Lake City, UT -- $27,289 medium salary day care center teacher.



Vermont Average Child Care Wages


Burlington, VT -- $28,272 medium salary day care center teacher.



Virginia Average Child Care Wages


Norfolk, VA -- $26,335 medium salary day care center teacher.
Richmond, VA -- $27,402 medium salary day care center teacher.
Roanoke, VA -- $25,521 medium salary day care center teacher.



Washington Average Child Care Wages


Kennewick, WA -- $29,479 medium salary day care center teacher.
Seattle, WA -- $30,883 medium salary day care center teacher.
Spokane, WA -- $28,665 medium salary day care center teacher.



West Virginia Average Child Care Wages


Charleston, WV -- $25,240 medium salary day care center teacher.
Huntington, WV -- $25,380 medium salary day care center teacher.
Parkersburg, WV -- $26,672 medium salary day care center teacher.



Wisconsin Average Child Care Wages


Greenbay, WI -- $27,233 medium salary day care center teacher.
Madison, WI -- $26,475 medium salary day care center teacher.
Milwaukee, WI -- $27,991 medium salary day care center teacher.



Wyoming Average Child Care Wages


Casper, WY -- $25,745 medium salary day care center teacher.
Cheyenne, WY -- $25,521 medium salary day care center teacher.
Laramie, WY -- $25,549 medium salary day care center teacher.



Obviously, these are just medium salaries and should give you a rough idea of how much money a child day care teacher will make or get paid in your area. All salaries are somewhat negotiable and many factors affect them. Such as overall state of the economy, unemployment rates, company profitability, staffing budget, urgency to fill the position, etc., etc...

You have to remember that working with children is very satisfying in itself and the your salary shouldn't be the only factor when consisting a career in the field of child care. Your happiness at work and life in general is determined by what you do with your life and working with children can bring you happiness that doesn't come from a big paycheck!