Earnings for child care workers depend on their education level, the type of employer, the number of children being cared for, and geographic location. Those in formal child-care settings usually earn higher wages. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual earnings for child care workers in May 2018 were $23,240 for full-time work, or approximately $11.17 per hour. The department also reports that 10 percent of child care workers earned less than $8.53 per hour (approximately $17,750 annually based on a 40-hour workweek). At the high end of the pay scale, 10 percent of child care workers made more than $16.55 per hour (approximately $34,430 annually based on a 40-hour workweek). Few child care workers receive full benefits from their employers. Some large day care centers and preschools, however, do offer limited health care coverage and vacation pay.
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