View our Early Care & Education Workforce findings.

The Early Care & Education Workforce: What They’re Earning

We know that Louisiana’s child care workforce is highly credentialed, and the majority also indicate they enjoy their work and feel committed to their program. However, wages in early care and education are typically low in comparison to similar professions.

At any given time, one-third of these educated, experienced staff members are considering leaving a job they enjoy – and the majority indicate higher wages would make the difference. The lack of competitive compensation results in high turnover rates for child care employees, who tend to leave the profession early making it difficult for Louisiana child care businesses to find and retain talent.

These survey results provide current wage and benefit information for all types of child care staff, not just teachers and directors. These staff include janitorial and food workers, as well as office managers and assistant teachers.