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Childcare Workers in North Carolina

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

10.6% Jobs Projection
$21,540 Median Salary
6,340 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Childcare Workers Work in North Carolina?

In 2018, there were 18,830 Childcare Workers working in the state.

There were 18,210 Childcare Workers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 620 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Childcare Workers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.9%.


North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 6,340 annual job openings, and a total of 43,310 jobs for North Carolina Childcare Workers in 2026.

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

What do Childcare Workers Make in North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Childcare Workers ranged from $16,730 to $31,470 with $21,540 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.04 to $15.13. The median hourly rate was $10.35.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $9.86 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.49.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top North Carolina 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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 5,190 $22,830
Raleigh, NC 3,170 $20,520
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,720 $20,770
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,490 $19,190
Winston-Salem, NC 1,260 $21,650
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,140 $24,260
Asheville, NC 1,000 $24,050
Fayetteville, NC 620 $19,390
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 480 $21,780
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 360 $20,060
Wilmington, NC 350 $20,170
Burlington, NC 290 $20,630
New Bern, NC 250 $18,610
Rocky Mount, NC 210 $20,570
Goldsboro, NC 130 $19,990

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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