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Child Care Worker Statistics in the US

The average employee age for child care workers is 37 years. The child care worker workforce reached a whopping 201,933 in 2020!

Among child care workers, we discovered that 74.2% of them are women, while 20.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among child care workers is White, which makes up 65.3% of all child care workers. Comparatively, there are 17.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Child care workers are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, child care workers are more likely to find a job in the non profits industry.

From where do we know all information about child care worker demographics? We analyzed 27,851 child care workers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Child Care Worker Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as child care workers. Keep reading to find out what the results for child care workers were.

Child Care Worker Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among child care workers is White, which makes up 65.3% of all child care workers. Comparatively, there are 17.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 65.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.1%
  • Black or African American, 10.1%
  • Asian, 4.3%
  • Unknown, 2.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Child Care Workers

The chart below shows that 73.8% of child care workers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.7% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 73.8%
  • French, 6.7%
  • Portuguese, 2.3%
  • German, 2.2%
  • Japanese, 2.2%
  • Other, 12.8%

Most Common Degree for Child Care Worker

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for child care workers. The most common degree for child care workers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 36% of child care workers earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 19% and rounding it off is associate degree with 15%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 36%
  • High School Diploma degree, 19%
  • Associate degree, 15%
  • Diploma degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 26%

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Child Care Worker Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among child care workers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Child Care Worker Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the child care worker position over time.

Male
Female
12%
10%
7%
5%
2%
0%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Child Care Worker Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of child care workers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of child care workers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Child Care Worker

By looking over 27,851 child care workers resumes, we figured out that the average child care worker enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Child Care Worker Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of child care worker employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of child care workers is 40+ years old, which represents 42% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Child Care Workers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, camp boss and valet have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Daycare Owner7%89%
Infant Childcare Provider8%91%
Doula8%87%
Child Care Worker21%74%
Intramural Director75%20%
Valet78%18%
Camp Boss79%13%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Camp Boss
Valet
Intramural Director
Child Care Worker
Doula
Infant Childcare Provider
Daycare Owner
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Child Care Workers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to child care workers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Child Care Worker7.79%
Research Subject9.99%
Caregiver Assistant10.00%
Recreation Aide15.07%
Table Games Supervisor18.13%
Residential Director22.41%
Doorman23.15%

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How Much Do Women Make Compared To Men As Child Care Worker?

male-income
Male Income
$26,628
female-income
Female Income
$24,649

Child Care Worker Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Black or African American men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$28,020
$27,261
$26,503
$25,744
$24,986
$24,228
$23,469
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Child Care Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$25,236
Some College/ Associate Degree$26,984
Bachelor's Degree$29,907
Master's Degree$32,444

Child Care Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$34,499
$32,444
$30,390
$28,336
$26,282
$24,228
$22,173
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Child Care Worker Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a child care worker can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of child care workers is $24,800. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Child Care Workers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where child care workers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Child Care Workers Located?

By looking through more than 27,851 resumes, we found that the most popular places for child care workers are NY, New York and PA, Philadelphia.

Number of Child Care Workers

Where Are Child Care Workers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country child care workers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Child Care Worker Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ child care workers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most child care workers is the non profits industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire child care workers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Child Care Worker Work In

Employees with the child care worker job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most child care workers prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

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Private

Education

Public

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ child care workers. Those industries include non profits, health care and hospitality.

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Non Profits

Health Care

Professional

Hospitality

Manufacturing