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Childcare Workers in Iowa

Is Iowa a good place for you to work as a Childcare Worker?

10.3% Jobs Projection
$19,580 Median Salary
2,540 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Childcare Workers in Iowa are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Childcare Workers in Iowa is growing faster than average.

  • Childcare Workers in Iowa earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Childcare Workers Work in Iowa?

In 2018, there were 8,770 Childcare Workers working in the state.

There were 8,200 Childcare Workers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 570 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 7,890 Childcare Workers working in it, which means Iowa has more Childcare Workers than average.


Job Projections for Iowa

Jobs for Childcare Workers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.9%.


Iowa Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 2,540 annual Childcare Workers job openings in Iowa, and 17,400 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 189,100 annual jobs and 1,300,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Childcare Workers Make in Iowa?

In 2018 wages for Childcare Workers ranged from $16,510 to $30,450 with $19,580 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $7.94 to $14.64. The median hourly rate was $9.41.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $9.2 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.21.

The median salary in Iowa is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Iowa Metros for Childcare Workers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Childcare Workers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 5,730 $23,220
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 2,290 $25,520
Iowa City, IA 870 $21,450
Cedar Rapids, IA 820 $23,010
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 660 $20,670
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 650 $18,880
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 280 $19,740
Ames, IA 250 $18,190
Dubuque, IA 250 $18,320

Top States for Childcare Workers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Childcare Workers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 60,460 $26,360
New York 47,260 $26,780
Texas 46,890 $20,070
Florida 30,070 $21,870
Pennsylvania 25,370 $21,270
North Carolina 18,830 $21,540
Ohio 18,630 $20,820
New Jersey 18,490 $24,470
Michigan 17,510 $22,150
Illinois 17,440 $22,380
Georgia 14,790 $19,660
Virginia 14,410 $22,210
Massachusetts 13,300 $27,680
Missouri 12,930 $21,550
Minnesota 11,830 $24,150
Kentucky 11,340 $19,840
Arizona 10,450 $23,930
Tennessee 9,660 $19,760
Connecticut 9,490 $25,720
Nebraska 9,090 $22,510

Below are the states where Childcare Workers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $30,880
Massachusetts $27,680
Vermont $27,600
Washington $27,270
Alaska $26,930
Colorado $26,880
New York $26,780
California $26,360
Connecticut $25,720
Rhode Island $25,280


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