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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Child Care Teacher Salary

$12.26 hourly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$25,500 yearly

Entry level Salary
$17,000 yearly
$17,000
10 %
$25,500
Median
$36,000
90 %

How much does a Child Care Teacher make?

Child care teachers make $25,500 per year on average, or $12.26 per hour, in the United States. Child care teachers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $36,000.

Location impacts how much a child care teacher can expect to make. Child care teachers make the most in Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Child Care Teachers

The darker areas on the map show where child care teachers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Child Care Teacher average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Vermont$32,047$15.41194
2Nevada$28,791$13.84729
3Montana$29,216$14.05382
4Oregon$34,377$16.53806
5Minnesota$29,281$14.081,738
6Maine$30,310$14.57289
7New Hampshire$27,285$13.12500
8Washington$36,291$17.451,271
9North Dakota$30,007$14.43180
10California$35,087$16.875,186
11Arizona$24,556$11.811,783
12Massachusetts$31,874$15.321,014
13Illinois$23,524$11.313,302
14Wisconsin$25,520$12.271,130
15Idaho$27,119$13.04300
16Connecticut$26,372$12.68626
17Hawaii$29,158$14.02149
18Colorado$24,601$11.831,449
19Wyoming$22,113$10.63155
20Utah$27,204$13.08466
21Michigan$21,650$10.412,170
22Alaska$29,094$13.9982
23South Dakota$24,081$11.58204
24Rhode Island$24,007$11.54204
25New Mexico$19,978$9.60526
26Iowa$21,098$10.14788
27Delaware$21,170$10.18279
28New York$25,210$12.121,772
29Nebraska$20,658$9.93443
30Pennsylvania$22,042$10.601,381
31Missouri$18,902$9.091,396
32North Carolina$18,527$8.912,235
33Florida$20,890$10.041,886
34District of Columbia$22,981$11.05284
35Ohio$17,896$8.602,101
36Louisiana$18,153$8.73661
37New Jersey$20,708$9.961,396
38Virginia$20,096$9.661,822
39Mississippi$17,539$8.43468
40West Virginia$17,871$8.59256
41Texas$19,332$9.292,347
42Maryland$17,511$8.421,612
43South Carolina$17,011$8.18996
44Oklahoma$16,370$7.87768
45Kansas$16,996$8.17619
46Indiana$17,867$8.59778
47Kentucky$17,388$8.36630
48Alabama$17,684$8.50704
49Georgia$16,738$8.051,955
50Tennessee$17,342$8.34562
51Arkansas$16,511$7.94228

Highest Paying Cities For Child Care Teachers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$38,441$18.48
2Seattle, WA$36,478$17.54
3Boston, MA$31,943$15.36
4Minneapolis, MN$29,323$14.10
5Norwalk, CT$25,696$12.35
6Madison, WI$24,899$11.97
7New York, NY$24,874$11.96
8Glendale, AZ$24,765$11.91
9Denver, CO$24,612$11.83
10Crystal Lake, IL$24,389$11.73
11Washington, DC$22,991$11.05
12Philadelphia, PA$21,966$10.56
13Detroit, MI$21,528$10.35
14Jersey City, NJ$21,138$10.16
15Des Moines, IA$20,864$10.03

Child Care Teacher Salary Details

Child Care Teacher Salary

What is a Child Care Teacher's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
75th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
Average$25,500$2,125$12
25th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10
10th Percentile$17,000$1,417$8

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Teacher Internship$51,461$4,288$24.74105,496
Teacher Aide$28,088$2,341$13.50106,207
Teacher$47,494$3,958$22.8371,918
Infant Teacher$27,744$2,312$13.3463,079
Preschool Teacher$31,862$2,655$15.3255,298
Head Teacher$47,303$3,942$22.7473,756

Which Companies Pay Child Care Teachers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Children's Hospital Colorado and Scripps Health are the highest paying companies for child care teachers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Children's Hospital Colorado$34,051$16.3711
2Scripps Health$33,934$16.3175
3Menlo School$32,648$15.702
4Skidmore College$32,437$15.595
5Nationwide Children's Hospital$31,727$15.2596
6Sanford Health$31,676$15.23305
7Novant Health$30,320$14.58102
8University of Washington$30,193$14.5256
9University of Southern California$29,596$14.2375
10Taylor$29,533$14.20
11INTEGRIS Health$29,255$14.0653
12The Arc Montgomery County$28,496$13.708
13Learning Care Group$28,187$13.551484
14The Learning Experience$28,184$13.55692
15Kids 'R' Kids$28,143$13.5392
16Intermountain Healthcare$28,135$13.5358
17UNC Health Care$28,115$13.52129
18Bright Horizons$27,975$13.45815
19Goddard School$27,969$13.45757
20St. Ambrose University$27,901$13.4111

Child Care Teacher Salary Trends

Average Child Care Teacher Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Child Care Teacher Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$25,500$12.26+3.4%
    2021$24,600$11.84+3.3%
    2020$23,800$11.45+2.6%
    2019$23,200$11.15+3.2%
    2018$22,400$10.79+2.0%

    Recently Added Child Care Teacher Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    EbenezerChild Care TeacherMinneapolis, MN05/31/2022$37,566
    Primrose School of CupertinoChild Care Preschool Prekindergarten Teacher for Daycare CenterSan Jose, CA05/30/2022$41,740
    Bright Horizons Family SolutonsChild Care Teacher-Capitol Hill and First HillSeattle, WA05/28/2022$41,740
    Right at SchoolChild Care Teacher-Before & After SchoolSeattle, WA05/28/2022$41,740
    Primrose SchoolChild Care TeacherApple Valley, MN05/27/2022$33,392
    Bright Horizons Family SolutonsChild Care TeacherBoston, MA05/27/2022$45,392
    Brightpath Kids USAChild Care Lead Teacher-The Children's HouseCincinnati, OH05/27/2022$27,131
    Bright Horizons Family SolutonsChild Care Assistant TeacherCharlotte, NC05/25/2022$28,696
    Bright HorizonsChild Care Assistant TeacherGreenville, SC05/25/2022$26,401
    Bright HorizonsChild Care TeacherCharlotte, NC05/25/2022$31,305

    Child Care Teacher Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Child Care Teachers the most?

    Washington pays Child Care Teachers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $36,291 per year, or $17.45 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Child Care Teacher?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Child Care Teacher if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $35,087 per year.

    What type of Child Care Teacher gets paid the most?

    Teacher Internship gets paid the most. Teacher Internship made a median salary of $51,461. The best-paid 10 percent make $59,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $44,000.

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