Facts In Action
Care Salaries Remain Low
Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW) has released a report
presenting national salary information from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) for preschool teachers and child care workers.
The BLS defines a preschool teacher as a person
who instructs children in a preschool program, day care center,
or other child development facility in activities designed to promote
social, physical and intellectual growth. On the other hand,
a child care worker is defined as a person who
attends to children in schools, businesses, households, and child
care institutions by dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing
play. These BLS distinctions are a bit misleading because
most teaching and caregiving staff members take part in both types
of activities during the course of a day, regardless of their job
to the BLS, in 2000:
the average hourly wage for all U.S. child care workers
average hourly wage for preschool teachers was $9.66;
average hourly wage for a kindergarten teacher was $26.82.
to the CCW, the child care workforce suffers from a higher concentration
of poverty-level jobs than almost any other occupation in the United
States. With an estimated annual turnover rate between 30 and 40
percent throughout the country, clearly current wages are insufficient
to secure a skilled and stable child care workforce or to guarantee
high-quality services for children and families.
Current Data on Child Care Salaries and Benefits in the United
States, Center for the Child Care Workforce, March 2002.
contact: Center for the Child Care Workforce, 733 15th Street NW,
Suite 1037, Washington, DC 20005-2112, call (202) 737-7700, or look
online at www.ccw.org/pubs/2002Compendium.pdf
Facts in Action, October 2002
|Goodbye from the printed version of Facts in Action.