Childcare workers

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Total Workforce

983k

Average Age

36.3

Average Salary

$16,283

Average Male Salary

$16,390

Average Female Salary

$16,274

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Childcare workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Child day care services is the industry that employs the most Childcare workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Childcare workers, by average wage, is Restaurants & Food Services. Childcare workers are paid most in Coatesville City PUMA, PA but are relatively concentrated in Nampa (Central & East) & Meridian (West) Cities PUMA, ID.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$16,283

AVERAGE SALARY

± $493

In 2018, Childcare workers earned an average of $16,283, $37,605 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Tour & travel guides make somewhat more than Childcare workers while School bus monitors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Childcare workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.45

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Childcare workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.45, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Childcare workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Childcare workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Childcare workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Childcare workers, by number of employees, are Child day care services, Elementary & secondary schools, and Private households.

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Industries by Share

983k

2018 Workforce

± 24,261

1.95%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.44%

The number of people employed as Childcare workers has been growing at a rate of 1.95%, from 964,136 people in 2017 to 982,945 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Childcare workers employed by various industries. Child day care services employs the largest share of Childcare workers at  51.6%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 17.5% and Private households with 13.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Childcare workers in the US. The average age of male Childcare workers in the workforce is 32.4 and of female Childcare workers is 36.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Childcare workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

76.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 6,772

907k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 23,308

92.3% of Childcare workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Childcare workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Childcare workers

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

55.8% of Childcare workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.9% of Childcare workers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Childcare workers.

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Age by Gender

32.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.42

36.6

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.415

The median age of Childcare workers is 36.3, and Male employees are generally 4.22 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Childcare workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Childcare workers is Education but a relatively high number of Childcare workers hold a major in Human Sciences.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Childcare workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Childcare workers need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Childcare workers need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Persuasion.

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