These Are The 10 States With The Highest Childcare Provider Salaries

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do in-home childcare providers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for in-home childcare providers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how in-home childcare provider salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for in-home childcare providers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for in-home childcare providers after this adjustment? That would be Michigan. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for in-home childcare provider salaries:

  1. Michigan
  2. Illinois
  3. Colorado
  4. Washington
  5. Wyoming
  6. Utah
  7. Ohio
  8. Minnesota
  9. Tennessee
  10. Missouri

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined in-home childcare provider pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for in-home childcare providers from the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their “Occupational Employment Statistics”.

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $26,050, so our index value would be:

$26,050 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,168

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for in-home childcare providers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of In-Home Childcare Provider Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $24,876 $22,140 89.0
2 Illinois $24,524 $23,200 94.6
3 Colorado $24,152 $25,070 103.8
4 Washington $23,868 $25,110 105.2
5 Wyoming $23,845 $21,890 91.8
6 Utah $23,580 $21,930 93.0
7 Ohio $23,400 $21,950 93.8
8 Minnesota $23,263 $23,450 100.8
9 Tennessee $22,527 $20,140 89.4
10 Missouri $22,522 $20,360 90.4
11 Georgia $22,516 $20,580 91.4
12 Nebraska $22,467 $20,580 91.6
13 Indiana $22,446 $20,090 89.5
14 North Carolina $22,342 $20,980 93.9
15 Kentucky $22,320 $20,200 90.5
16 Texas $22,315 $20,240 90.7
17 Virginia $22,261 $22,440 100.8
18 Kansas $22,068 $19,840 89.9
19 Wisconsin $21,983 $21,280 96.8
20 Arizona $21,755 $21,320 98.0
21 Nevada $21,626 $22,340 103.3
22 Florida $21,576 $21,210 98.3
23 Arkansas $21,515 $18,740 87.1
24 Mississippi $21,513 $18,480 85.9
25 Oklahoma $21,468 $19,150 89.2
26 Delaware $21,439 $21,740 101.4
27 West Virginia $21,359 $19,950 93.4
28 Oregon $21,115 $24,410 115.6
29 Idaho $20,944 $19,290 92.1
30 New Mexico $20,860 $20,130 96.5
31 Iowa $20,802 $18,930 91.0
32 Pennsylvania $20,719 $21,010 101.4
33 North Dakota $20,674 $20,550 99.4
34 Vermont $20,520 $24,850 121.1
35 Alabama $20,493 $18,690 91.2
36 Montana $20,327 $20,490 100.8
37 New Jersey $20,147 $24,560 121.9
38 New York $20,061 $26,280 131.0
39 Maine $20,027 $22,190 110.8
40 Louisiana $19,905 $18,870 94.8
41 Massachusetts $19,737 $26,330 133.4
42 South Dakota $19,652 $20,380 103.7
43 Alaska $19,557 $25,640 131.1
44 Maryland $19,474 $24,440 125.5
45 South Carolina $19,395 $19,240 99.2
46 California $19,168 $26,050 135.9
47 Connecticut $19,083 $24,370 127.7
48 New Hampshire $18,974 $22,200 117.0
49 Rhode Island $18,806 $22,700 120.7
50 Hawaii $12,078 $20,280 167.9