Child Development Career Salary
Careers in child development involve working with children in any of the stages of childhood or adolescence. Salaries were current as of May 2012, and vary depending on the level of education required and the type of employer, such as government agency, public or private school, day care center or family. Preparation for child development careers requires at least a high school degree and post-secondary certification, or associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Salaries in teaching depend on the level taught, the teacher’s degree, years of experience and location. Generally, teachers of younger children have salaries somewhat lower than teachers of older children. Nationally, for example, kindergarten teachers’ salaries have a mean of $52,350; and elementary school teachers’ mean salaries are $55,270. Middle school teachers’ salaries have a mean of $55,780 nationally, while high school teachers’ mean salaries are $56,760.
Preschool or Daycare Worker
Salaries of preschool teachers vary depending on the definition of preschool. Preschools can be held in churches, community centers and private or public schools. The national mean salary for preschool teachers is $30,150, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the average salary for a childcare worker nationally is $19,560.
Nannies are childcare workers who typically work in the home of their employer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual salary for this type of work to be $19,300; however, the BLS category includes other childcare workers. Nannynetwork.com states that live-in nannies typically earn from $400 to $1,000 weekly, depending on their age, education and experience. Live-out nannies are typically paid hourly, ranging from $18 to $20 per hour in major metro markets and $9 to $12 per hour in smaller markets. Nannies receive higher pay if they care for an infant or for more than one child. If they work more than 40 hours in a week they are paid 1.5 times their normal hourly pay for the extra time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives the national salary for guidance counselors as $56,540. While child development salaries in other jobs tend to be lower for those working with younger students, the opposite is true for guidance counselors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for elementary and secondary school guidance counselors in public and private schools is $60,000. The mean annual salary for college guidance counselors is $44,610, for both public and private colleges and professional schools.
The mean national salary for a child, family or school social worker is $44,410, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social workers in schools tend to earn higher salaries $54,260 than those working in government agencies $39,750 to $47,130.