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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 12,670
Average Annual Salary: $20,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,140
Average Experienced Salary: $27,500
Location Quotient: 1.66
Total Jobs: 2,420
Average Annual Salary: $25,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,690
Average Experienced Salary: $31,430
Location Quotient: 1.78
Total Jobs: 20,000
Average Annual Salary: $21,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,450
Average Experienced Salary: $29,520
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 7,950
Average Annual Salary: $25,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,980
Average Experienced Salary: $33,730
Location Quotient: 0.64
Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $24,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,490
Average Experienced Salary: $33,300
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $21,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,390
Average Experienced Salary: $30,020
Location Quotient: 1.21
Total Jobs: 16,990
Average Annual Salary: $22,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,540
Average Experienced Salary: $30,360
Location Quotient: 0.99
Total Jobs: 2,510
Average Annual Salary: $20,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,010
Average Experienced Salary: $24,180
Location Quotient: 1.46
Total Jobs: 2,840
Average Annual Salary: $20,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,220
Average Experienced Salary: $28,500
Location Quotient: 1.53
Total Jobs: 12,570
Average Annual Salary: $20,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,510
Average Experienced Salary: $27,710
Location Quotient: 1.11
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: