These Are The 10 Best States For Childcare Providers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Childcare Providers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as childcare providers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since childcare providers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where childcare providers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for childcare providers. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s childcare providers:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Alaska
  3. Ohio
  4. Washington
  5. Vermont
  6. Wyoming
  7. Michigan
  8. South Dakota
  9. North Dakota
  10. Missouri

So there you have it — Kentucky is the best of the best when it comes to being a childcare providers.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for childcare providers and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a childcare provider

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for childcare providers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how wellchildcare providers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for childcare providers in California is $26,050 and the average salary in Illinois is $23,200, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for childcare providers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for childcare providers.

1. Kentucky

Best States For Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,670
Average Annual Salary: $20,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,140
Average Experienced Salary: $27,500
Location Quotient: 1.66

2. Alaska

Best States For Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,420
Average Annual Salary: $25,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,690
Average Experienced Salary: $31,430
Location Quotient: 1.78

3. Ohio

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,000
Average Annual Salary: $21,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,450
Average Experienced Salary: $29,520
Location Quotient: 0.91

4. Washington

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,950
Average Annual Salary: $25,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,980
Average Experienced Salary: $33,730
Location Quotient: 0.64

5. Vermont

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $24,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,490
Average Experienced Salary: $33,300
Location Quotient: 0.8

6. Wyoming

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $21,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,390
Average Experienced Salary: $30,020
Location Quotient: 1.21

7. Michigan

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,990
Average Annual Salary: $22,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,540
Average Experienced Salary: $30,360
Location Quotient: 0.99

8. South Dakota

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,510
Average Annual Salary: $20,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,010
Average Experienced Salary: $24,180
Location Quotient: 1.46

9. North Dakota

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,840
Average Annual Salary: $20,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,220
Average Experienced Salary: $28,500
Location Quotient: 1.53

10. Missouri

Best States For In-Home Childcare Providers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,570
Average Annual Salary: $20,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,510
Average Experienced Salary: $27,710
Location Quotient: 1.11

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a childcare provider these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a childcare provider in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Delaware
  3. Wisconsin

Detailed List Of The Best States For Childcare Providers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Kentucky $20,200 $16,140 12,670
2 Alaska $25,640 $19,690 2,420
3 Ohio $21,950 $17,450 20,000
4 Washington $25,110 $19,980 7,950
5 Vermont $24,850 $19,490 1,000
6 Wyoming $21,890 $16,390 1,430
7 Michigan $22,140 $17,540 16,990
8 South Dakota $20,380 $18,010 2,510
9 North Dakota $20,550 $16,220 2,840
10 Missouri $20,360 $16,510 12,570
11 Utah $21,930 $16,280 5,420
12 Montana $20,490 $17,240 2,560
13 California $26,050 $19,220 59,690
14 Oregon $24,410 $19,430 4,850
15 Colorado $25,070 $18,030 8,260
16 Georgia $20,580 $16,160 21,820
17 West Virginia $19,950 $17,090 2,610
18 Arkansas $18,740 $16,160 8,190
19 New Jersey $24,560 $18,120 18,420
20 New York $26,280 $18,770 42,520
21 Rhode Island $22,700 $18,890 2,100
22 Nebraska $20,580 $17,230 6,450
23 Maine $22,190 $17,120 2,830
24 Tennessee $20,140 $16,040 10,150
25 North Carolina $20,980 $16,260 24,570
26 Minnesota $23,450 $17,650 9,580
27 Illinois $23,200 $18,250 16,670
28 Texas $20,240 $16,140 56,950
29 Massachusetts $26,330 $19,170 12,320
30 Indiana $20,090 $16,250 10,570
31 Mississippi $18,480 $15,970 6,690
32 New Mexico $20,130 $16,610 2,880
33 Oklahoma $19,150 $16,010 7,350
34 Alabama $18,690 $15,970 8,460
35 Pennsylvania $21,010 $16,250 21,950
36 Connecticut $24,370 $19,200 7,910
37 Idaho $19,290 $16,050 2,120
38 Maryland $24,440 $17,430 9,310
39 Virginia $22,440 $16,240 14,310
40 South Carolina $19,240 $16,010 5,710
41 Kansas $19,840 $16,080 5,570
42 Florida $21,210 $17,380 33,860
43 Arizona $21,320 $17,410 6,790
44 Iowa $18,930 $16,030 7,280
45 Nevada $22,340 $16,420 2,250
46 Louisiana $18,870 $16,020 8,270
47 New Hampshire $22,200 $16,730 2,590
48 Wisconsin $21,280 $16,370 7,880
49 Delaware $21,740 $17,150 1,410
50 Hawaii $20,280 $16,670 2,510

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