Becoming a Day Care Worker via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering child day care courses to train individuals to become top-notch day care specialists, social workers, nannies, day care professionals, day care workers, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 51,140 people employed as education administrators, preschool and child care center/program alone in America, and their average annual salary is $48,170. Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Day Care Worker Salary Information

Category: Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program

Total # Employed in the US 51,140
Average Hourly Wage: $23.16/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$12.62 $15.39 $19.74 $27.98 $38.71
Average Yearly Salary $48,170
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$26,250 $32,010 $41,060 $58,190 $80,530
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.7% 5.5% 8.9% 4.9% 22.2% 44.8% 12.9%
Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Oklahoma $28.92/hr $60,150
Florida $28.7/hr $59,710
Virginia $27.33/hr $56,860
North Dakota $26.46/hr $55,030
Colorado $26.05/hr $54,170
Missouri $25.71/hr $53,480
Kansas $25/hr $52,000
Washington $23.63/hr $49,160
West Virginia $23.56/hr $49,000
Maine $23.4/hr $48,680
Delaware $22.86/hr $47,550
Idaho $22.83/hr $47,480
Maryland $22.39/hr $46,560
Alabama $22.17/hr $46,110
Arkansas $21.51/hr $44,730
South Carolina $21.42/hr $44,550
New Jersey $21.26/hr $44,230
Connecticut $21.04/hr $43,760
Mississippi $20.97/hr $43,630
District of Columbia $20.83/hr $43,330
Nebraska $20.68/hr $43,010
New Mexico $20.67/hr $42,990
Kentucky $20.5/hr $42,640
Indiana $20.48/hr $42,600
New Hampshire $20.13/hr $41,870
Puerto Rico $19.61/hr $40,800
Alaska $19.61/hr $40,780
North Carolina $19.39/hr $40,340
New York $19.33/hr $40,210
Utah $19.18/hr $39,900
Nevada $18.99/hr $39,510
Michigan $18.96/hr $39,430
Oregon $18.71/hr $38,920
California $18.62/hr $38,730
Tennessee $18.24/hr $37,930
South Dakota $18.06/hr $37,560
Wyoming $17.7/hr $36,810
Wisconsin $17.34/hr $36,070
Pennsylvania $16.9/hr $35,160
Guam $16.67/hr $34,680
Massachusetts $16.58/hr $34,480
Louisiana $16.13/hr $33,550


Category: Child, family, and school social workers

Total # Employed in the US 277,670
Average Hourly Wage: $20.93/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$12.52 $15.36 $19.21 $25.2 $32.38
Average Yearly Salary $43,540
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$26,050 $31,950 $39,960 $52,410 $67,360
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.2% 6.2% 10.4% 6.0% 42.3% 32.2% 1.6%
Child, family, and school social workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Delaware $29.66/hr $61,690
Nebraska $26.36/hr $54,820
Virginia $26.04/hr $54,170
North Dakota $25.77/hr $53,610
Kansas $25.59/hr $53,230
Florida $24.66/hr $51,290
Oklahoma $24.44/hr $50,830
New York $24.23/hr $50,400
Colorado $24.2/hr $50,340
Mississippi $23.85/hr $49,600
Montana $23.81/hr $49,520
Indiana $23.68/hr $49,250
Missouri $22.21/hr $46,200
Alaska $21.4/hr $44,500
Connecticut $21.33/hr $44,370
Massachusetts $20.99/hr $43,660
Oregon $20.71/hr $43,090
Maine $19.89/hr $41,370
Alabama $19.6/hr $40,760
Hawaii $19.47/hr $40,500
Michigan $19.33/hr $40,200
Puerto Rico $19.16/hr $39,860
Guam $19.15/hr $39,840
Pennsylvania $18.98/hr $39,480
Louisiana $18.92/hr $39,360
Tennessee $18.91/hr $39,330
North Carolina $18.79/hr $39,090
South Carolina $18.39/hr $38,240
Maryland $18.01/hr $37,450
Wyoming $17.9/hr $37,230
Idaho $17.75/hr $36,910
Utah $17.69/hr $36,790
Arkansas $17.58/hr $36,560
West Virginia $17.25/hr $35,870
Ohio $17.2/hr $35,780
Iowa $17.13/hr $35,630
California $17.13/hr $35,620
New Mexico $17.07/hr $35,510
New Jersey $17.01/hr $35,390
Kentucky $16.82/hr $34,990
Wisconsin $16.6/hr $34,530
New Hampshire $16.31/hr $33,910
South Dakota $15.91/hr $33,090
Washington $15.69/hr $32,630
Nevada $15.34/hr $31,910


Category: Preschool teachers, except special education

Total # Employed in the US 389,660
Average Hourly Wage: $13.2/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.9 $9.27 $11.8 $15.5 $20.95
Average Yearly Salary $27,450
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,420 $19,280 $24,540 $32,240 $43,570
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.0% 15.9% 23.7% 14.0% 31.8% 11.9% 0.8%
Preschool teachers, except special education — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $16.24/hr $33,770
Oklahoma $15.83/hr $32,920
Florida $15.71/hr $32,680
Missouri $15.44/hr $32,120
Virginia $15.21/hr $31,630
Montana $15.08/hr $31,370
Nebraska $14.93/hr $31,050
Indiana $14.84/hr $30,860
Colorado $14.66/hr $30,500
Delaware $14.45/hr $30,050
Connecticut $14.35/hr $29,850
Alaska $14.08/hr $29,300
Mississippi $13.94/hr $29,000
Maine $13.76/hr $28,610
Kansas $13.62/hr $28,320
Puerto Rico $13.53/hr $28,140
Michigan $13.17/hr $27,390
North Carolina $13/hr $27,040
Maryland $12.98/hr $27,000
Wyoming $12.83/hr $26,690
South Dakota $12.77/hr $26,560
Louisiana $12.72/hr $26,460
West Virginia $12.68/hr $26,380
Pennsylvania $12.36/hr $25,720
Ohio $12.35/hr $25,690
Washington $12.34/hr $25,660
Utah $12.31/hr $25,610
California $12.3/hr $25,570
Arkansas $12.23/hr $25,440
Hawaii $12.1/hr $25,170
Alabama $12.04/hr $25,050
Tennessee $11.88/hr $24,710
Idaho $11.75/hr $24,440
Wisconsin $11.68/hr $24,290
Kentucky $11.61/hr $24,140
New Hampshire $11.55/hr $24,030
District of Columbia $11.52/hr $23,960
New York $11.46/hr $23,840
New Mexico $11.21/hr $23,330
Guam $11.05/hr $22,980
New Jersey $11.04/hr $22,970
Nevada $10.85/hr $22,570
Oregon $10.83/hr $22,530
South Carolina $10.64/hr $22,130
Massachusetts $10.43/hr $21,690
Iowa $9.56/hr $19,880


Category: Child care workers

Total # Employed in the US 595,650
Average Hourly Wage: $10.07/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.37 $8.0 $9.25 $11.49 $14.24
Average Yearly Salary $20,940
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,340 $16,640 $19,240 $23,900 $29,620
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
16.2% 36.5% 25.4% 8.4% 11.2% 1.8% 0.3%
Child care workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $11.82/hr $24,590
Missouri $11.77/hr $24,480
Oklahoma $11.56/hr $24,040
Colorado $11.41/hr $23,730
Alaska $11.38/hr $23,670
Delaware $11.19/hr $23,280
Connecticut $11/hr $22,890
North Dakota $10.92/hr $22,710
Virginia $10.83/hr $22,530
Puerto Rico $10.63/hr $22,100
South Carolina $10.59/hr $22,030
Kansas $10.58/hr $22,010
Mississippi $10.55/hr $21,940
Michigan $10.47/hr $21,780
Montana $10.38/hr $21,590
Tennessee $10.26/hr $21,340
North Carolina $9.87/hr $20,520
Nebraska $9.78/hr $20,340
Utah $9.7/hr $20,170
District of Columbia $9.63/hr $20,030
Arkansas $9.6/hr $19,970
New Hampshire $9.56/hr $19,880
New York $9.55/hr $19,850
Hawaii $9.45/hr $19,660
Indiana $9.45/hr $19,660
Louisiana $9.23/hr $19,210
Maine $9.13/hr $18,980
Ohio $9.12/hr $18,960
Kentucky $9.11/hr $18,940
Oregon $9.04/hr $18,800
Guam $8.96/hr $18,640
Maryland $8.86/hr $18,430
Idaho $8.83/hr $18,360
West Virginia $8.8/hr $18,300
Wyoming $8.75/hr $18,210
Massachusetts $8.74/hr $18,190
New Mexico $8.73/hr $18,150
Washington $8.64/hr $17,960
South Dakota $8.59/hr $17,880
Iowa $8.58/hr $17,850
Wisconsin $8.56/hr $17,800
New Jersey $8.53/hr $17,740
Alabama $8.44/hr $17,560
Pennsylvania $8.38/hr $17,440
Nevada $8.15/hr $16,950
California $8.05/hr $16,750


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