Childcare workers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
870k
Average Age
36.4
Estimated Job Growth
1.7%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$16,629
Average Male Salary
$16,913
Average Female Salary
$16,604

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Childcare workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Child day care services is the industry that employs the most Childcare workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Childcare workers, by average wage, is Construction. Childcare workers are paid most in Southwest Alabama PUMA, AL but are relatively concentrated in Bedford Park, Fordham North & Norwood PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$16,629
AVERAGE SALARY
± $541

In 2020, Childcare workers earned an average of $16,629, $39,325 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Food preparation and serving related workers, all other make somewhat more than Childcare workers while Other entertainment attendants and related workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Childcare workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.448
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Childcare workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.448, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Childcare workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Childcare workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Childcare workers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Childcare workers, by average wage, are Construction, Performing arts companies, and Lessors of real estate, and offices of real estate agents and brokers.

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Industries by Share

870k
2020 Workforce
± 22,831
−6.32%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.9%

The number of people employed as Childcare workers has been declining at a rate of −6.32%, from 928,643 people in 2019 to 869,910 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Childcare workers employed by various industries. Child day care services employs the largest share of Childcare workers at  52.1%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 16.8% and Private households with 14.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Childcare workers in the US. The average age of male Childcare workers in the workforce is 32.1 and of female Childcare workers is 36.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Childcare workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

69.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,461
801k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 21,909

92% of Childcare workers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Childcare workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Childcare workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

55.5% of Childcare workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.4% of Childcare workers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Childcare workers.

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Age by Sex

32.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.48
36.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.445

The median age of Childcare workers is 36.4, and Male employees are generally 4.68 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Childcare workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Childcare workers is Education but a relatively high number of Childcare workers hold a major in Human Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Childcare workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Childcare workers need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Childcare workers need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Persuasion.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Childcare Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Childcare Workers are expected to see a growth of 1.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

1.7%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Childcare Workers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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