According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, childcare workers do not make a salary but rather an hourly wage. The median hourly wage in 2012 was $9.38, which is $19,510 per year. The top 10 percent of childcare workers made $14.19, while the bottom 10 percent made $7.85 in 2012.
In 2012, childcare workers were paid less than the median hourly wage for all occupations in that same year. Pay varies based on education and the type of work setting. Workers with higher levels of education are paid higher wages. The BLS explains that day care workers help to monitor children when parents are unable to due to employment or other responsibilities. Childcare workers often provide long or unusual hours of care based on the parents' needs.