How Much Do Different Child Care Options Cost?

August 22, 2015  |  

There’s no way around it, child care is expensive. Year over year, it’s the largest annual household expense, averaging $18,000 for families in the United States. And it’s an ongoing topic of discussion for parents everywhere.

The 2015 Care.com Report states that the weekly average cost of a nanny for one child is $477, while only $488 for two children. The average weekly cost of a day care center  is $188 for one child and $341 for two. A family day care provider (also called in-home day care) is the least expensive option at $140 for one child and $267 for two. And an au pair is $360 a week for either one or two children.

Care.com is committed to helping families manage all their all family care needs, whether it’s finding nannies or babysitters, day care connections, au pair matching, housekeepers, tutors, pet care or senior care help. But honestly, what we can’t do is control the cost.

We can, however, share insights on how to budget, save and use Flexible Spending Accounts and tax breaks to help rein in your care costs, and even offer some suggestions about how your employers can help as well.

  • *Five Most Expensive States for a Nanny:
  1. New Mexico
  2. Arkansas
  3. Idaho
  4. Mississippi
  5. Arizona
  • *Five Most Affordable States for a Nanny:
  1. District of Columbia
  2. Maryland
  3. New Jersey
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Connecticut
  • National Average Weekly Rate for a Day Care Center (for two kids): $341.21
  • **Five Most Expensive States for Day Care:
  1. New York
  2. Vermont
  3. Oregon
  4. Nevada
  5. Minnesota
  • **Five Most Affordable States for Day Care:
  1. Louisiana
  2. Tennessee
  3. South Dakota
  4. Mississippi
  5. South Carolina

*Local data based on the percentage of nanny costs for one child (regardless of age) in relation to average state median income for a two-parent family, as reported by Care.com.

** Local data based on the percentage of day care costs for a 4-year old child in relation to average state median income for a two-parent family, as reported by Care.com.

Below is the 2nd Annual Cost of Care infographic, breaking down the different costs and effects of child care options on families and companies. Learn more about the 2015 Cost of Care survey.

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