Baby-sitters, day-care, nannies. Parents are spending bucket loads of money on child care, and it's not getting any cheaper.
Nearly one in three families spend 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care, according to the latest survey by Care.com. The report interviewed 1,000 parents nationwide.
Here are some of the highlights:
The average cost of day-care for infants is about $10,468 a year, but prices ranged from $6,605 to $20,209 a year, according to Care.com.
The average cost of day-care for toddlers is about $9,733, but prices ranged from $8,043 to $18,815 a year. On the other hand, the average cost of a nanny who cares for one child is about $28,905. However, prices ranged from $27,019 to $32,677.
Where you live can make a big difference. According to the survey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Arkansas are the least affordable states for a nanny. District of Columbia, Oregon and California are the least affordable states for day-care.
Which are the most affordable states? New Hampshire, New Jersey and Maryland are the most affordable states for a nanny. North Dakota, Utah and Delaware are the most affordable for daycare.