Day care workers tend to children in a formal center. The average annual salary for a day care worker was $21,490 as of May 2013, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The level of education required and duties performed affect the rate.
Day care workers in Washington, DC, earned the highest rate among all the states, with an average annual pay of $33,360, according to the BLS. Massachusetts was next at $25,950 per year, followed by New York, California and Vermont, all of which had average salaries above $24,000. At the top end, 10 percent of workers made at or above $29,770 per year.