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Childcare Workers in Tennessee

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7.1% Jobs Projection
$19,760 Median Salary
3,530 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Childcare Workers Work in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, there were 9,660 people working as Childcare Workers in the year 2018.

There were 8,120 Childcare Workers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,540 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Childcare Workers in this state are growing at a rate of 7.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.9%.


Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 3,530 annual job openings, and 24,280 total jobs in 2026 for Childcare Workers in this state.

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

What do Childcare Workers Make in Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Childcare Workers ranged from $16,430 to $28,660 with $19,760 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $7.9 to $13.78. The median hourly rate was $9.5.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $9.28 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.22.

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


Top Tennessee 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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 3,250 $22,410
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,310 $19,230
Knoxville, TN 1,530 $18,550
Chattanooga, TN-GA 940 $20,550
Clarksville, TN-KY 600 $18,330
Jackson, TN 260 $18,170
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 200 $19,210
Johnson City, TN 200 $20,190
Cleveland, TN 150 $18,000
Morristown, TN 40 $18,350

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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