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  • Writer's pictureWyatt Underwood

The Cost of Child Care in the United States

The cost of child care is an overwhelming obstacle for many new parents and families, especially if they have more than one child. The average cost of daycare in the United States is a $11,666 a year (around $972 a month), so it is no wonder that many families struggle to afford it while juggling rent, mortgage, and other living expenses. However, GlassDoor estimates that a child care worker has an average income of $24,146. This infographic reports on the average cost of child care in each state, as well as providing insight into how many families can afford it based on the state’s median family income. It also sheds light on how obtainable child care is for a minimum-wage worker in each state. For more information on the cost of child care, child care assistance and state-by-state resources, visit

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