Child Care Jobs: 9 Ways to Get the Salary You Want

Figure out how much you should get paid for your babysitting or nanny job.

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You've decided to look for a nanny job, now you've got to make sure it pays the bills.

Before you look for a position, Care.com's child care expert Carolyn Stolov suggests figuring out the salary you desire and the kind of job you want and have experience with -- part-time, full-time, caring for one baby or perhaps a large brood. You'll also only want to apply for jobs that fall into your salary range.

  1. Research the Going Rate
    Make sure your salary requirements aren't off-base. Learn the average nanny salary in your area by using Care.com's salary calculator.

  2. Update Your Resume
    Make sure to list all of your relevant child care experience, and include any classes you've taken in the field or certifications you've earned Stolov suggests. More experience will not only distinguish you from other candidates, but can help you negotiate a higher salary. Stolov also recommends having written recommendations. Use this sample babysitter resume as a template.

  3. Ask for a Written Contract
    Stolov urges families to create a written job description or nanny contract that outlines duties, a work agreement that details salary and benefits and house rules (if your family doesn't have one, ask for it). If you're considering a job, Stolov urges you to take these documents home to review -- perhaps with a fellow nanny or friend -- before accepting a position. Do they spell out if and when you get a break every day and how overtime will be handled? Will you be reimbursed for gas mileage? Is your schedule clearly defined?

    One of the most important things that a work agreement should spell out is when both sides will meet. Stolov recommends scheduling formal meetings, perhaps once a month, so both sides can talk about any situations -- good or bad, and should agree on dates for performance reviews, especially one at the three-month mark. A nanny can ask for a blank performance review ahead of time to prepare.

    The work agreement should also spell out any situational changes that would alter the pact, like if the hours or duties increased or if a new child was coming into the home. "Make sure you feel comfortable with everything that is documented in the work agreement," she says.

  4. Compare Expectations
    Research sample work agreements to see what they look like or join a nanny support group and find out what other nannies have in their documents, Stolov recommends. And child care providers should familiarize themselves with labor laws to make sure they're being followed.

  5. Play up Strengths
    If the family isn't offering the salary you'd hoped for, Stolov urges nannies to play up their strengths and experience. Perhaps you speak Spanish or played soccer in college and can help the children learn a new skill, she says as an example.

    "It's about advocating for yourself, and what other experiences make you unique," Stolov says.

  6. Make Sure to Include Benefits
    Stolov urges sitters to ask families about getting paid on the books, and providing benefits like two weeks of paid vacation, holiday pay and some sick days, too. Check out the Care.com Nanny Pay Calculator to figure out your take home pay after taxes. And with low-cost nanny health insurance options available, she also suggests that parents pay at least half of their provider's health insurance. Parents should offer an annual raise that is part cost-of-living-based, part performance-based and an annual bonus of a week's salary.

  7. Consider Salary Alternatives
    If you're not happy with the salary and benefits being offered, perhaps there is something a family can offer instead of extra pay, like a gym membership or cell phone. A nanny could ask a potential employer, "'If you can't pay me this amount, are there any other perks in the job that you can offer?'" Stolov says, including more time off.  "I encourage nannies to think outside the box," advises Stolov.

  8. Set Annual Goals and Monthly Meetings
    And if you're still not fully satisfied, but still need or want the job, Stolov says you can ask your family if they can set goals, and agree to an increase if you meet them.

    The good thing about regular communication is that if something serious or urgent comes up, everybody will be used to talking with each other and talking should go smoother. If a family isn't living up to its end of the deal, like for example, not paying their nanny on time, she could ask for a meeting that day to discuss the issue and state directly that she needs to be paid on time.

  9. Consider the Family
    Sometimes a pay cut is acceptable (as long as you can still pay your bills), if the family and the job are exactly what you're looking for. Feel free to ask a family for references you can call to learn more about their management style and family dynamic. In the end, a family and a nanny have to feel comfortable with each other to make it work.

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Comments (180)
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Diana F.
Hi
I have been trying to find a nanny position for s few months now. I have gotten slot of interest and actually hired but the dad decided to be a stay at home dad. I have a masters degree and always wanted to be a nanny and have over 10 years experience. What should I do? By saying I have a masters is that intimidating the families? I moved to Texas a few months ago and have been unemployed and becoming very frustrated. I have updated my profile and don't know what else to do.
Posted: April 17, 2014 at 1:34 AM
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Adrianna H.
Wow very interesting and extremely helpful!
Thank you!
Posted: April 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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Shanika F.
Laura,
Even with salary pay you are entitled to overtime pay as well as breaks. If you work more than 10 or 12 hrs in a day you are entitled to an extra hours pay. You need to definitely renegotiate your salary for 2 children. An extra child means extra responsibilities which in turn means a pay increase as well.
Posted: March 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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Laura K.
Okay so I have two different situations:
1. I care for a 17 month old and was hired on when he was just over a year. I was not told at the time of being hired that baby number two would be on it's way this summer. Which is understandable in some ways, she was not very far along and wanted to wait it out, I guess you can say. Anyway, they both work odd hours each month, never the same amount and never the same schedule. I may work a 2 night stay over where I am full time caregiver for those two days(little breaks here and there)to working a regular day shift or few hour shift. I'm averaging in the few months 106-181 hours a month. Okay let's say one number is one months and the other is another month. They do salary per month(I get paid weekly) and it will always stay that first amount we talked about, as of right now with just one. When the second one comes along same situation just two and then the older one will occasionally go to a daycare/preschool. Also I do the dishes any time they are there, their laundry in my downtime as well as have organized their closets. I always like things neat, clean and organized. Especially so that the parents can then have all the time they need with their child.

Thoughts on my salary situation on asking for either more now or more when the baby comes? I'm stuck because I never know the schedule. They have been awesome to me and I love their child with all my heart. I won't say my salary but it is decent I just feel I could be worth more. Some months I'm paid $14hr and others $9hr. So if that helps any. Thanks for any advice.
Posted: March 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM
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Michelle R.
I have a couple of questions. 1. If I will be keeping two children from two different families, how much do I charge each one?

2. How do I handle days that a child might be kept at home (sick or vacation) as far as pay goes? Do I charge less for those months?
Posted: March 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM
Ariana B.
I was recently hired for a nanny job and was so relieved to have a job (I've been unemployed for 2 months) that I didn't negotiate the price. They are paying me $180 per weekend (it's a Friday-Sunday job) for a one-year old and five-year old. It's approximately 39 hours in 3 days. By my calculation this is only about $4.70 per hour for two kids. The minimum wage for my area is $7.25. Families I used to babysit for paid me on average $8 per hour. I'm not sure what I should do as I don't know if the family can pay more. What should I do? Also, I have 8 years of experience babysitting.
Posted: March 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM
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Jennifer V.
I totally agree with Lois. We are caring for their most precious gift and they don't want to pay. Then they wonder why they can't keep anyone good. I still keep in contact with my families and visit when ever possible. The kids loved me and I always had a great relationship with the parents. When we are with the children longer than the parents we are molding that child and teaching that child for the future. I have always loved my job as a nanny but it does get frustrating when you are not taken seriously . Jenny
Posted: March 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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Lois S.
I agree with what most of what is being said here. My biggest pet peeve is parents who are willing to spend thousands and thousands of dollars for a house then furnish it with only the top of the line furniture. They think nothing of buying a new car every few years again for thousands and thousands of dollars but when it comes to childcare they want bottom dollar rates. I am caring for what should be the most important people in their lives and yet they think nothing of trying to nickel and dime you. I have so many years experience as a mother and a care giver. My references are excellent, parents will attest to my caring and knowledgeable attitudes with their children and also confirm my continued interest in the lives of their children long after they have grown up. I am certified in 1st aid and cpr and I do volunteer work for a hospital. I will not accept less than $15 an hour because it will be money well spent by the parents. I will guarantee them that much. Their children will not just be safe but they will be happy and loved by me. Stand together for better rates nannies, we deserve it.
Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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Joni M.
I agreed with Rosanna M. How did childcare get to be such a low wage??? I have been doing nannying for 17 years. When I started I made $8/hr for 1 child and $10/hr for 2. After about 5 years I worked myself up to $15/hr for 1 child. And, ever since I have not worked for under $15/hr. Plus I got 3 days sick time, at least 1 week paid vacation, and holiday pay. Now I'm looking again and the going rate with my experience in my area says $9/hr. I am a professional and career nanny. Living on my own. That is not a living wage. What really gets me is families who want to pay $3-4/hr. If a family cannot paid at least $10/per then someone in that family should not be working and should be staying home with their children. It really hard for me to go down from at $15/hr. Another thing that is very disappointing is that we as nannying are measure on how often and how fast we response back to a family, however, a family is not. I cannot tell you how many applications I have applied to and a get no responses. My profile is good. My feeling is that I am 58 and am at the top of the pay scale because of my experience. Nannying really do need to stop agreeing to working at these low wages. It is a job, it is an important job. Parents are leaving their most precious with us. What kind of parent would leave their child with someone who they are paying $4/hr?? Plus it is such a disrespect to our professional.
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM
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Margaret B.
Georgia, you are not even being paid minimum wage! There is no way she would be able to put her child in day care for $100/week! I would suggest you find another family to work for. There are plenty of families who are willin and able to pay you what you are worth. I would suggest hving a conversation with your employer to try to come to a resolution that works for both of you before moving on to another family and keep things amicable where possible. You certainly should be making well over $100 for 50 hours of work!
Posted: February 09, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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Shekinah R.
Kaitlin, I was in a similar situation. But, I kept venting to my husband, getting all worked up about the work I did for this gentleman & his toddler twins. My husband "thank God" was always right there to give me good advice. No matter where we go, where we work, it's never gonna be enough money. We're always going to feel spread so thin for little pay. But, you have to look at it this way. That's what you agreed on, they let you bring your child which that's a plus, I would wait 90 days from when you started. Write down your mileage when you working & save gas receipts. Then you have something to show them & why you need more money. Good luck, I know how it is! (-:
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 5:38 PM
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Kaitlin C.
Hi. So, I have tons of experience babysitting, and have done nannying work as a backup nanny before, but this is my first official nanny position of my own. I was so excited about getting the job that I did not negotiate at all! Here's the situation:
My family pays me $250 per week before taxes for approximately 27 hours of work. 2 days a week, I am expected to take the child out for the day in my own vehicle. The closest locations are about 17 miles away, but usually we go to one that's about 27 miles away. They pay for the entrance fee, but I do not receive any gas reimbursement. I also do not get ANY other benefits; no sick pay, no holiday pay, no vacation, no insurance, nothing.
Now I understand I am not a nanny with 20 years of experience, but after reading this article, I feel that my situation is a little unfair. So far, I love my family, and they let me bring my son with me some of the days. I desperately need some advice on how to approach negotiating better pay/benefits with them. I don't even make the going rate in the area... And if they refuse, should I try to find a different family? Also important I suppose: I've only been working for them for one month. Should I wait until 3 months to even bring it up?
Thanks in advance for any advice!!
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM
Georgia P.
I have been baby sitting for a 1 year old boy, who walks but prefers me to hold him. His mother pays me $2.00 an hour, $100.00 a week for 50 hours. She says this is all she can afford as she has bills to pay. Should I tell her to get another sitter, or remain as her sitter.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM
Joan H.
What is the average rate for pet sitting? For 12 days, and feeding 3 dogs and 4 ferrets, 2x"s a day, and traveling 25miles one way?
Posted: January 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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Rosanna M.
It's been almost one year since i joined care and i have had no success in obtaining a job. i have upgraded my profile to premium a week ago so am waiting to see how luck i'll be this time around.
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 7:33 PM
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Rosanna M.
it is so amazing that our services are taken for granted.these families who want to pay so little to care for their precious children doesn' realize how much time we spend with their children.What nannies need to do is stop working for such small wages and then the famililies will realize that thier Kids are valuable.All the house work ,running errands and even being personal assistants all these must stop.Childcare is hard work.
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 7:29 PM
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Gail E.
Hi , What about Senior Care, Ive Been doing this for 30 Yrs, Im a Chha, Have lots of Exp, Took a Job from a Family on Here and they had Both Parents, they Paid $100 for 12 hour Shift, How Insulting for Me, an they did have the Money, Just didn't want to Pay it, Very Sad..What should I be Charging for 1 Client?\Thank you for your time,
Posted: December 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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Loretta A.
Wow, reading some of these comments really lets me know how lucky I've been with my past nanny positions. I've always worked with a contract except for temporary positions. I have over 25 years experience and have always been paid well. I do agree that todays parents seem to want a housekeeper who will watch their child. I've always done anything that concerns the child and have kept the child care areas clean. It has really surprised me what some parents want their nanny to do that has nothing to do with the child/children. I've read ads where parents want their nanny to run errands, go to the grocery store and the post office. I even read one where they wanted the nanny to shop for and return the children's clothes to the store and that is in addition to what they want you to do re housework. Not all parents are this way but I must say the majority of ads I've seen want a housekeeper rather than a nanny.
Posted: December 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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Judy W.
Wow what great information. All the stories you shared have helped me to realize I have been under paid for almost a year. I keep 1 child. (19 mos.) & baby 2 is due in February but the test is 99% positive he has downs syndrome. They have paid me $9/hr. for 30 hrs. per week. Now they are offering $11/hr. Plus more household duties. Also oldest boy will go to mothers morning out a few days a week. Dad works from home which is kind of different because I feel he is watching/listening to me. I have had child by myself & it works better. I feel more at ease. I am now
a single mom & have to pay all my bills. The family hasn't paid me for time off for my own vacation. I have taken care of their two dogs when they have been gone.
I am considering asking for $13 to $15/hr. with the new baby & the fact he will require more personalized care. I don't feel right about them wanting to add more household duties under these circumstances. Even with dad working from home I do try to keep child quiet & to be respectful of his work schedule.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted: November 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM
Member Care
Hi Jaime! What great advice! We love the idea of having nanny contracts! Here's an article we have with an example Nanny Contract template that you can use too!

http://www.care.com/child-care-sample-nanny-contract-p1017-q33455259.html
Posted: October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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Jaime C.
In September I was in a situation with a position where I worked for a family with four children ranging from 10 months to 8 years of age. When I agreed to work with them the mother told me I'd be watching only two each week for eight hours each day when she worked night shift for $150. Imagine my surprise showing up the first day to see four children, plus two cats to care for. When we met she never mentioned the two other children or her cats, or even mentioned to me the condition of the house was in the night before I was to start when we talked on the phone. I should mention I knew the mother from working in a center that her 3 year old went to, but only ever saw the mother, so I was willing to help her out with that fee each week. The first week she said she didn't have all the funds to pay me, the second week I saw 1/4 of the pay, then she didn't pay me again until my last day when I had enough and told her I couldn't work for free and needed what was due. We ended sadly after she asked me to work for $1.50 an hour. I've never had this happen before with previous families and I am looking for a new family to work with. I'm surprised that after doing the calculater I should have been charging her $640 a week with my 14 years experience in child care. I really do recommend everyone to draw up some type of contract with a family and make sure you both sign and agree on it so you don't run into the problems I did. I now have an information form that parents need to fill out on the number of children, rate agreed upon, what they expect from me, as well as a confirmation form which they sign in agreement that I will be paid said rate which is due at the end of each week. If anyone is looking for a form like these I am willing to share ith with you. Just let me know.
Posted: October 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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Betty H.
I have worked for a family for almost 5 years. From 5 months to 5 yrs I was paid $1,000 a month. The day care they were using was $1039.00 a month. This is the dearest family I could asked for and now since he is starting school I am losing him full time. Now I am looking for another child no one wants to pay what I have been making. Also, I found out to asked for month in advance. The day you start keeping the child you should be paid. The day care does this and that way you will never be stuck if someone decides to just stop coming. I also asked to be paid on holidays and their vacation time due to the fact they are getting paid from their job and I should be as well. I have always worked in the business world and when I retired, I decided to keep children to help me with my bills. I am 68 years young and a lot of people are looking for the grandma type. I have been so blessed with my family. I still keep him on their date night and even when the mom and dad went on vacation. Thanks to the Livermore family and wish all were like them.
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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Cynthia A.
Valerie, I disagree with you on hourly verses salary. You have to consider the pros and cons of both. With working hourly, that's it, you get paid for the hours you work and that's all, if you are sick or can't make it to work for whatever reason, you don't get paid! If you don't work legal holidays, because mom and dad are off and at home, you don't get paid! If they go on vacation and you don't work for a week or two, you don't get paid! You lose out too many times. If you work on a salary you get paid even if you can't come to work cause you are sick or have an appt. or whatever. If you make the right aggreement or contract you also get paid when they go on vacation and take off legal holidays. Why shouldn't we get paid for those days, they are getting paid! If you are working solely for one family and have no other source of income, you better believe salary is the best way to go, cause it is dependable, you know you will get the same pay every week. It does amaze me how 90% of parents don't think they should have to pay their childcare provider a fair wage. You would think that providing their child with excellant childcare would be their top priority and having to pay the proper wage should not be a problem after all I believe a child is a parents most precious posession. I guess alot of parents don't!
Posted: October 20, 2013 at 4:08 AM
Member Care
Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your comment and for taking advantage of some of the resources we offer on the site!

Determining the appropriate pay rate is specific to the situation, and will vary on a case-by-case basis. The calculator that we provide is just guide, and should only be used as one of many factors that will determine the final pay rate. In response to your question regarding which zip code to plug in, you should use the zip code for the area where you will be working. A link to the pay-rate calculator is below:
http://www.care.com/babysitting-rates

You should definitely take into consideration how far you are traveling, and how last-minute of a job it will be. Again, ultimately this will be up to you and the family to determine what works best for the two of you.

I hope this helps and best of luck with future jobs!
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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Charlene M.
I too am glad I have read all the posts here. I am considering leaving my office job in favor of being a full time nanny however after reading all these comments.........I'm thinking that this is not a good move! I am paid well with benefits at my job now so I would have to make $18-20/hr as a nanny to make it work. I am glad that I read all of this so if I decide to move forward, I will make sure I am paid what I'm worth and have a written contract. I do part time nanny in the evening for a wonderful family who does pay me well, pays me for holidays and vacations theirs and mine. I didn't realize that there were so many people out there that wouldn't do this.
This makes me realize that I need to think about this longer!!
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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Lisa S.
I was looking over the site and I came across this article. I was wanting to see what information I might find regarding how much a babysitter should charge for their services. Most of the comments/responses are from Nannies.

My situation is a bit different because I am providing part-time/occasional, short notice/back-up care and date night services. I joined Care.com in August and I got my first babysitting job because I contacted a family whose "job was ending" in a few days. They were looking for a sitter for a specific day but were also looking to hire someone more permanent. I was in luck because I got the call that they were still needing someone in two days! The mother did an initial background check on me. We messaged through Care.com and then at my request we made contact by phone. Since I was hired two days before I was needed I never had the opportunity to meet the mother or the children I was going to babysit. I traveled 22 miles one way and I was watching 3 children. I asked for $15 an hour. It ended up being $10 for first two hours (I had one child) and then $15 the last two because the other two got home from school. I got paid $50 for 4 hours of work. The only thing I had to do was walk down the street to get the one child from the bus stop. I did not have to make any food.

I was called a second time by this mother when her regular sitter had a sick child. I was called at 9 to see if I could sit from 2-5:30. I agreed and was only watching two children. She asked if she could pay me $10 an hour and I agreed. One child for 2 hours and 2 children for 2 hours. I got $40. But I should not have backed down from the $15. Especially being available on short notice both times!

The second family I contacted on my own again. I contacted them on Saturday because their "job was ending" the next day. I contacted them to see if they had been able to get a sitter. I sent a message around 3 p.m. and around 5:30 I got a message saying to please contact them. I called and they did not have a sitter and I was hired to babysit the next day. I spoke to both the mother and father. They had 1 daughter and 2 dogs. I was asked to arrive 15 min before I was really needed to meet the family and their daughter and dogs. I had asked for $15 an hour and I drove 20 miles one way. I worked for 4 hours and I got paid $80. They paid me more than what I asked for!!

So my experience hasn't been all that bad but my question is, how do I really know how much to charge for my services? I did go to the calculator but it says about a fee for minimum of 20 hrs per week. I am not working that much at all and I don't want to. I just want to do jobs here and there in between taking care of my own parents.

And with the calculator, do I use my home zip code to figure out what to charge or do I use the area where I am going?? When I did figure out what to charge my husband and I said that I had to make no less than $10 an hour to make it worthwhile, especially if I am traveling that far and also accepting jobs on short notice.

Any thoughts or advice?
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 1:49 AM
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Valerie H.
Cynthia A. if it were me I would just count the total hours per week and make sure I was getting at least $10 an hour. I don't want to deal with people who pay by the week because then they think they can come home late, etc. and not have to pay you for that time.
Posted: October 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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Valerie H.
I just found this section and Wow! It's great! All of the things I've been worried about inside my head you guys have said "Out loud"! Thanks!!! (Is there a way to get notified by email of new comments?)

Here's a question: I'm thinking of applying for a job that's Mon-Fri 9-5. How would I handle something like a doctor's appointment for myself where the doctor will only see me Mon-Fri 9-5? Or if one day I'm very sick?

I don't want to scare the family off in the beginning but I'm only human so these things will come up.
Posted: October 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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Cynthia A.
I have been doing childcare for 25+ yrs. I don't believe I have ever been paid what I'm worth! It has always been below minimum. I have always filed my own taxes and frankly have decided to let the family do it for now on. I am with a wonderful family whom I love dearly and they feel the same for me. I am actually suppose to be getting paid more then I am which is $350. per week but they do pay me a salary so I am paid the same every week, even if I need a day off. They also pay me for legal holidays and I got a paid vacation this past year. However in January they will be letting me go so they can put their child into daycare, they want her to learn social skills and meet other children which is understandable. I already have a possible job lined up caring for twins due in January also. I have cared for 2 babies the same age many years ago, but they were not twins, not even related. My current employer told me not to accept less then $500.00 weekly. The going rate in the area where they live is $540. - $580 per week for twins. Does $500. seem good to you all?
Posted: October 01, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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Connie S.
I have 30+ years of Professional Child/Nanny care. I charge $15.00 per hour for the first child. I must be paid a salary based on a 40 hour week. Any time after the 40 hours is time and a half per hour. I get 2 weeks paid vacation, 1 week sick days and 1 week personal days all paid.
Posted: September 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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Tricia L.
Guys, I use to charge $10-$12/hr but I would get bored watching tv or waiting for the kids to get off the bus... So I decided to start charging $20/hr and I include cleaning... Some families have housekeepers so I don't have anything to clean and some of my families use me to do their weekly cleaning. Either way, I have a huuuuge variety and never get bored. If I can leave someone's house knowing their kids are happy, the house is clean and the parents are pleased with everything, that makes me feel like I did something worth getting paid for! :)
Posted: September 19, 2013 at 4:18 AM
Stephanie Breedlove
Hi Yvonne!

My name is Stephanie Breedlove and I am the founder of Care.com HomPay managed by Breedlove & Associates. I'm sorry to hear your employment situation is less-than-ideal at the moment. Based on the information you provided, I have 4 topics that I feel need to be addressed between you and the family:

1) Working 45 hours per week for $360 is not actually $8/hour because as a nanny, you are considered a non-exempt employee according to the Fair Labor Standards Act and must be paid overtime. In actuality, you are making $7.58/hour for the first 40 hours you work and $11.37/hour for the additional 5 hours ($7.58 X 1.5). It is much easier for you and the family to calculate your wages week-to-week from an hourly rate rather than a set salary.

2) I'm not sure what state you live in, but at $7.58/hour, there are 16 states where this rate is below minimum wage. You and the family need to ensure your hourly rate is compliant with state labor laws. Care.com has a great tool you can use to calculate your hourly rate and how the taxes break down in each payroll scenario. (http://www.care.com/nanny-pay)

3) I'm VERY glad you realize that a Form 1099 is not the correct way to report your wages to the IRS. This is the most common mistake families make. You need to be provided a W-2 by January 31 to properly file your personal income taxes. Because the family is assuming a 1099 is the way to go and you've been paid in cash recently, I'm assuming you have never had taxes withheld either. The family needs to be withholding the proper taxes and paying their share of the employer taxes. These can vary by state, so please visit (http://www.breedlove.com/Answers/RequirementsByState.aspx) to see the tax requirements in your area.

4) Just like using a 1099 is a "boo boo," so is paying you via company check. A nanny's payroll cannot be run through a company's payroll because she is not an employee of the company. She is an employee of the family and must be paid by personal check. Please visit (http://www.breedlove.com/Answers/Company-Payroll-vs-Household-Payroll.aspx) for more details on this tax mistake.

To summarize, it seems there are a lot of things that are not being done correctly in your employment situation. Feel free to have the family reach out to us at 888-273-3356 and we can help get their tax situation straightened out and get you on a payroll schedule that works for you and the family. Good luck!
Posted: September 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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Yvonne H.
Good morning. I need some fast solutions. I have a situation, I took a job and really did not research out enough. It boiled down I excepted the job first 45 hours. I take care of two children and I get paid 360 a week which comes out to 8.00 an hour. Long story short I asked for more money because I need to pay my taxes. They told me they would give me a 1099 at the end of the year. I have learned that is a tax evasion boo boo. They said they we're going to pay me by company check and its been three weeks and I have been getting cash and had the nerves to give them a receipt. Smh. We are at the table now, but they want me to do some house chores to pay me 10.00 an hour. I am not a maid and I had already offered to do kids clothes which was not apart of the deal. Please respond asap. I left my job for this foolishness. Believe me it for a great reason. It has got to be better than this.
Posted: September 17, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Melissa D.
I've been with the same family for 2 years. I have never gotten a raise ( I did get a bonus last year though )
I asked for a raise this year, but looks like I won't get it. They have 3 kids ages 2,6 and 9 and work
11/12 hour days. I keep house etc on top of raising the kids.
The parents both have corporate jobs. I'm a single mother. Sigh. What to do now???
I love those kids, but I need to make ends meet.
Posted: September 05, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Member Care
Hi Patricia,

Holiday, Sick time, and Vacation pay are important topics for Nannies, and you are not alone in wondering how to approach the topic with your employer!
We do have some helpful articles regarding this topic, and I think the following article may be helpful in determining what is fair for your situation, and give you some information to get the conversation started with the family you work for:

http://www.care.com/child-care-handling-nanny-vacations-holidays-and-sick-days-p1017-q31331603.html

Additionally, you may want to consider a nanny contract with your employer, so that all of your agreements are in writing. The article below gives some helpful tips on creating and implementing a successful contract with your employer:

http://www.care.com/child-care-do-you-need-a-nanny-contract-p1017-q14699.html

I hope this helps!
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Patricia P.
I have a question regarding holiday pay. Does anyone get paid for non working holidays? I have been with my current family for a year now and I absolutely adore them. They are the sweetest family and I love the children! During my interview, I completely forgot to ask about holiday pay. Is there anyone out there that can help me with how to approach the subject especially with another holiday approaching. I get paid every 2 weeks with my pay coming the same week of Labor Day.
I make the going rate for the area I work in and receive one week of paid vacation. Does anyone else get paid holidays? Any help in this matter is appreciated. Thank you
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Jennifer H.
How much I should charge for three children from 3pm to 8pm a housekeeper/nanny school age 4,7&11 for(20hrs)a week. Please help me out
Posted: August 04, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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Susan S.
This is the second summer I have nannyed for a family with three school-aged kids. I recieve 5/hr, 40 hours a week, 350 every 2 weeks. This is only for the summer, yet I pick up and cook, along with driving the kids everywhere it seems. I have been babysitting since I was a mother's helper at 11 or 12, and now I'm 17. Am I underpaid? They don't take taxes out.
Posted: August 01, 2013 at 1:04 AM
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Melissa F.
I have noticed lately that people first respond to my application, maybe give me a call. A couple have even set up interviews and then turned around and said oh I will just text you my address...... do you text? and my response is I don't feel texting is very professional when im trying to set up an interview. and I clearly state that I will bring all my references etc..... to the interview. and later on that day I will start getting texts asking me for my information yet no address. And then ofcourse there is the pay, parents these days do not want to pay us what we are worth. I have 13 years experience caring for children from infants all the way up to school age and I was told by a lady on here I only need a part time nanny which is fine. however this woman asked for my number and I gave it to her, then never called me but kept setting up dates for me to work for her over the course of a month, and every time the day would come I would follow up with her on here and I never got a response. Care.com really needs to set things straight with the families on here because our time as caregivers is just as valuable as theirs and its extremely frustrating the way some of us have been treated on here. I am reasonable with what I ask for pay but I feel im worth more than minimum an hour. especially if its a 3rd shift position like the one the lady pretty much played games with me about. I feel a 3rd shift should pay 10-15 an hr atleast!!!
Posted: July 01, 2013 at 11:02 PM
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Rebeca P.
I can not believe that there are families that actually want you to babysit, cook and clean for $ 8 to $ 10.00 an hour !! I am seeing more and more of these postings every day and makes me very upset to think that they rather explode you than having you concentrate on the care of their most precious possesion in this world their children !! What they want is a servant, not a babysiter or a nanny. My last employer I worked for then for almost a year. They paid me for taking care of 2 children $15hr from 45 to 50 hours every week and they were extremely happy with me. They wrote a great review for me. They moved and even asked me to move with them. You set your rates for what you are worth and be patient that the right family will hire you. And by the way it is against the law to hire anybody and pay them less than the minimum wage (at least in Florida) and of course that includes domestic help !! Good luck ladies :-)
Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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Michelle S.
Dose anyone else have a medical condition that requires frequent doctor appointments? I have to go to be given medication through an iv every 5 weeks which take 3 hours. Plus the usual office check ups that every one else needs. Is there some kind of nanny net work where we could cover for each other? It wouldn't be a problem if I didn't need full time work.
Posted: May 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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Sagrario S.
Hi Ladies.
Do somebody know how much a nanny / assistant can charge for taking care of a autistic,non verbal, the mother said that suppostedly diagnosed with mental retardation the boy is 15 years old. She is looking for somebody to help her take care of him, but I have not idea of how much I can charge. Any sugestions?
Posted: May 04, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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Abigail S.
Two years ago I checked the rate for my city and it said $17. Then it was $10 now it is $7. I am appalled. As caregivers we are raising these children and readying them for the world they are to face just as a college professor prepares us for our jobs. We prepare them for life. Socially, emotionally, physically we help enable them to reach their milestones. Seven dollars is a slap in my face. That wont even cover my gas for a day.
Ive been in childcare for 18 years and started sitting at age 12 and have never been paid so little. Stand proud and be heard. Set your rate for what you believe you are worth.
Posted: April 04, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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Jasmine R.
Hello, everyone. I started doing some reading on here because I have a situation with a parent having a problem with paying the same weekly rate if I have to take a day off for illness. I do have a contract for all of my families and charge a flat weekly rate, regardless of absences. I also have stated in my contract that there are 6 holidays I take off a year that will not change their weekly rate. I provide care in my home for 3 different families. I am beginning to think I am undercharging, as well. On the calculator here, it says the going rate is $8.50 an hour. I charge by the week, though, and the calculator says the rate is $170 a week. I have 1 family with one baby who I have had since she was 2 months old and I charge them $100 a week for M-F care, almost 10 hours a day. Another family I have I charge $100 a week for M-Th care, 8 hours a day. I think I am undercharging here. I just started my daycare business last October and these were my first 2 families and I didn't really know what to charge and asked them what they were comfortable paying and accepted what they said they could afford. I don't have anything listed in my contract about paid sick days or vacation days for myself. At this point, the rates have been the same even if any days were missed. My 2 questions are: 1. Am I selling myself short with my weekly rates? Is it acceptable to raise my rates at this point? 2. How do you all handle sick days and/or vacation days? I will be taking a weeks vacation and have said that the parents aren't required to pay that week. I have also allowed them all one weeks unpaid vacation for themselves a year. How many sick days are acceptable to have and still be paid the same weekly rates? Thanks!
Posted: April 03, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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Susan D.
Ive been a nanny for a very warm and loving family with two 12 yr olds for four months now. I work five days from 12 to 6. I started at $10 an hour & had to up it to $12 because Im paying for my medical and gas... cost of living. I do housework, take care of the dog, run errands, heat up pre cooked meals or cook, and supervise homework. My job really isnt hard BUT people who are being paid under ten are being taken advantage of simply because you are taking on a huge risk and responsibility: if anything happens to your employer's children while in your care or you get into an accident, the responsibility falls on you and if youre not insured, like I am not, you can be sued immensely. So for me, my worth comes not from the fact that I can cook up a great meal but from the fact that I am willing to take on the risk that comes with taking care of someone else's most prized possessions.
Posted: March 01, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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Carrie P.
I have read many of the above comments about childcare as a profession. I have been working in childcare for 17+yrs. I am one of those that is making about $2.00 and some change an hour..but the difference is that I am a licensed provider, CPR/First Aid certified..worked in corporate as a center director and USAF and for myself..I have 6 of my own children as well. But, I am not a nanny and I do not drive anyone anywhere. This is all done in my own home as I am a small business. That being said, its not that I am not worth more ..because I am. But I am caring for more than one or two children and I make a very good salary for being at home. And, as a provider you have to be comprable to the centers and other day care providers. You don't want to over charge as you probably will not get the clients you would like, or if any at all.

If I were going to ones home and providing care or just babysitting then yes I would charge 15.00 an hour . But you have to consider many things...(if you are a child care provider, not nanny) The rate for your area, for the town you live, the rate of other providers. All though you will not know each fee as the fee scale is different. I don't think of myself any less than because in the breakdown I make a couple of dollars, but I charge a flat rate. I have a contract and I don't give breaks. I make close to $50,000. a year and I am happy with that. Do parents still complain about various things..of course but if they are not happy with my fees then they shouldn't be here and they should go where they can pay less. I have shared with parents the break down of what their pay comes down too and I think they are surprised... because they don't and wouldn't work for that. But I have to look at the whole picture too.. if I make 220.00 per week per child and I have 6 children I am doing just fine ( for example).

So whatever your job is I think you have to keep it in perspective. You don't want to charge a fee that would make a parent go somewhere else because you charge too much. But you can up your prices per year if you set a yearly time frame. As for taxes .. I pay my yearly and works out great for me. However you can choose to do this on an annual basis too if you like.
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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Ashley H.
I'm not complaining i just need some advice. I have a family i take care of their 2 children i work around 3 hours a day 5 days a week. I get paid 150$ weekly being 150. The mom is home everyday about 15 to 30 minutes late. And i pick the kids up from school, i take the kids sometimes to baseball,hockey,basketball practice, i take them to sick doctor visits, orthodontist, allergy shot visits, ive taken them to other activites. I do whatever they ask. They pay me $10 extra every week for gas and overtime. Im okay with that. But my problem is that they ask me to work full days sometimes when the school wont allow the kids to go because they have the flu or what ver kind of sickness. They dont want to pay me for the extra for the normal hours are 3 a day. When i work 11 hours. Because they aggred to pay me even for days they dont need me ( because thats what any Daycare or after school) program would expect. They say paying me for one day i dont work then the extra time i work is paying me " double time" which I dont understand they want me to choose one or the other. Hourly or a weekly rate. Which is hard because it doesn't seem fair. If they don't need me i lose money. And that slot i kept open for them i could have made money somewhere else. And if i do the weekly rate i can work whatever hours they need and they will still pay me for only working 3 hours. I feel like i do enough for them to get paid what i deserve. I work to support my family. I want the weekly rate every week and if i work extra hours pay me 10$ every hour extra. Is that to much to ask. Not to mention my profile says im NOT willing to watch sick children and not only have i.cared.for kids with the flu I've taken them to the doctor for sick visits. Please help?
Posted: February 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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Michelle D.
A family just offered me $500/wk, 47.5 hours (mon-Friday) and its for their 4month old son. I have been doing childcare for over 5 years. I typically charge $10/hour for kids 2+, and I even get paid $15/hour for two kids I used
To watch. I live in CT (high taxes) and after they take taxes
Out ill only see about $395/week. Much too low for me to live off. I did the math and took into account that they were paying overtime in that $500, and if OT is accounted for, it equals about $9.75:hour before taxes. I think for a 4 month old that is much too low. I would also be required to wash the child's laundry, and possibly do a little housework.

How should I talk to his mother in regards to this? They're great and i would love to work for them. But the pay is MUCH lower than I am used to, and working 8:30-6 M-F leaves no window for me to get a second job to support myself. Help?
Posted: February 05, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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Belinda W.
Ladies I can't say it any better know your worth and hang in there sometimes the right job just finds you.
Posted: February 05, 2013 at 4:57 AM
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Joyce P.
I have read so many of the comments and I am totally shocked at some of the salaries that you all are accepting. First of all I have over 20 years experience in infant/ childcare including multiple births. I am a mother of 4, grandmother of 12, great grandmother of 1, foster parent of 65 children (in the past) and I am also a CASA representative for Walton County.
It is very important that you all understand that childcare is a BIG JOB!! It also is very important to understand that you are a very "special" employee to these families and should never put yourself under the rug when it comes to your salary! As a "Nanny" we are just as professional in our department as the parents in their career. You have to be sincere in your position and very professional while at the same time you are to loyal and loving to them.
Please take a moment to consider what you are doing and make sure to list all of your qualities and benefits you will be bring into these families. DON"T be undersold with your salaries!!
their is NO childcare position that is worth $15-$25 a day!!
YOU deserve better!!
Posted: February 04, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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Kristy R.
I'm a full-time live-in nanny and this is what I get:
I have 3 years of being a professional nanny and about 8 of babysitting.
I've been caring for a newborn, now 14 months. JUST ONE CHILD
My days are extremely easy, I don't clean (we have maids)
I don't cook, (mom precook's everything, and stocks the fridge/pantry for me)
I have a lot of perks, Im provided with annual passes to numerous places
I'm provided with a new 2013 limited car for me to drive so I never have to use mine or pay gas
She randomly leaves me $20-40 for us to do/go something/somewhere
I have paid sick days and paid vacation, I get a lot of random paid free off days
They include me in all there outings, dinners/parties/events/Christmas & birthday gifts.. ects..
Well I get paid $1,300 a month (it's a monthly salary)
I asked for more, and still considering asking for more,
But I'm not sure since of all the perks.!!!
The family is extremely amazing and we became amazing friends,
By now I know the employee/employer boundary has been crossed looooong ago
How do I ask for more.? I've been left with just $200 of spending money after I pay all my bills.
I know I'm doing alright but how do I ask her for a raise.??
But everyone needs to have a standard that they stand to. DON'T SETTLE.!!!
I interviewed with about 20families in 10 days
and everyone was amazing but amazingness doesn't pay the bills
I settled before and then this family found me so I left my other family sadly,
But many families do take advantage..
I say if they don't have money to pay the nanny then place your kids in daycare.
I was in daycare and I grew up just fine.!!!
Just don't give up hope, and keep applying improve your resume keep it updated
believe in yourself, And they will come to you
P.s. I live in Southern California.!
Posted: February 03, 2013 at 4:39 AM
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Kristy R.
Wow I was reading this and I read that someone gets paid ONLY $2 p/h.!!!! Wow that's extremely ridiculously insane.!! Even if you are a mother and understand but still imagine you needing child care.. Are you honing to pay your babysitter only $2 an hour all I'm going to say is you get what you pay for.. And that's just not expectable.!!
Posted: February 03, 2013 at 4:13 AM
Margaret S.
I have over 35 years of experience I do a lot of jobs where I stay over night or longer while parents travel. I have 1 family that pays me 100 a day and it is for 4 kids ages 2-15 take them to 6 sporting activated per day and clean and shop and cook. I hate this job. I am treated like a slave told many times it will be 10 days then they come home after 2 . Then the next day they call and say we want to leave again when can you be here. I said I can I am sick they were mad. Called 4 days in a row then I finally went/ No pay for days they came back early. At Christmas they called on the 15 and wanted me to stay that day till the 24. Were mad when I said no. After she called me to come clean her house I did she paid me 15 an hour. She would pay me more to clean then take care of kids. Then I had to pick up kids at airport 100 miles round trip had kids for what was supposed to be 10 days then they changes it only 2 and no pay for gas. I hate working for them. Then I have a job 1 13 year old dad pays me 200 a day or more. Gives me 200 for the period I an there to get food and go out to eat. This can be any where from 3 to 5 days. I love working for him I have to do no cleaning no running around no cooking. I try not to but I do resent the first family and love the second. I also went for a job the person wanted me to clean cook shop laundry and some child care I asked for 15 an hour. She pays 18 a hour for her dog to be card for and she said no funny thing was she said she got 50 applications and no one read them because you could see it in there answers to her. Placed new add for 5 to 10 an hour. Why will people be cheap on there kids and house. She said she thought I was with the dog and daughter loved me and pointed that out. I was so angry when I saw job reposed and relized she was willing to pay more for dog care 18 an hour 1 hour a day. How can parents not want to pay for good care. Now she wants a live in for 5-10 dollars and hour and child care 13 or more hours per day watching dog cook clean and laundry.How can kids be thought of so poorly.
Posted: January 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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Joann T.
I was approached by a family with three children ages girl 9 ages 7 boy and a four year old girl.They want to have me for overnight stays 24-28 periods of time. I live in North Carolina and have over thirty five years of experience with children. I dont have a clue as to what to charge?
Posted: January 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM
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Anne S.
After hours of applying for additional gigs in my never-ending search for a part time job, I had 1 interview on Monday and think I might not hear from them again, because the mom kept talking about how far it was. I have another interview this friday afternoon! I saw on her care.com job post, it says $5-10/hr, so I asked when I talked to her on the phone. She said that they usually pay their other sitter 20/day. The job is 6am-9:30am / M-F, so that is 3.5hrs / day, $100 / week, and $20 for each of those 3.5 hours would be $5.71/hour. Oh, and I've done childcare jobs off and on, since I was about 12 years old. I'm 25 now. I've not done much babysitting through college because of my schedule but I've worked at some summer camps and things like that, plus volunteering at church with the children, for many years. This job is 10 miles away, using my car and gas. There are 3 children but she said that it is sometimes just the baby.
I usually just take what people want to pay me but I think 20/day is a bit too low. I'm a little bit nervous about it and just wondering if I should kindly accept or tell her that I am asking for at least 9 / hour? ...or should I say at least 8? I don't want to make a big deal about it, but I just hopes she will pay me reasonably. :/
Posted: January 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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Jennifer T.
After reading almost all of these posts I have come to a conclusion. Childcare is not a highly regarded profession. Furthermore, the reason families are offering so little, is because there are SO MANY child care providers willing to work for practically NOTHING! Why would you pay someone with a great skill set and lots of experience what they're worth, when there are people on this site willing to work for $5/HR!!!???

I wonder if some of these employers realize that $350 a week for full-time care is insulting?!? If an employer cannot afford to pay more than $5-6/hour, then they should stay home and take care of their children themselves.

I am a full-time nanny and have 8 years of medical training, specifically pediatric emergency care and my rate is $15/hr. I also do some household chores and pet care.

Now, to tell someone who has experience, training and certifications you want them to be a chauffeur, cook, maid, personal assistant AND care for your pets only to turn around and offer them less than even, say, $12/hr is absolutely criminal in my opinion.

You get what you pay for. Bottom line, I hope care providers on this site stop selling themselves short of what they are worth!
Posted: January 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM
Brooklyn H.
As a mother that works my butt off, I wanted to say I pay my Nannies starting out 350.00 for a fulltime work week, of 60 hours. Yes, thats 5.83 dollars an hour, but 350.00 is a lot, especially if I dont know the person yet. As the nannies grow with us, we do monthly evaluations, and increase the pay. This pay structure, with growth opportunity seems to work well for us. It always keeps the nannies on their toes, hoping for the bonus.

I would urge all parents to do a growth systems, and hold monthly meetings will all potiential nannies.
Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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Sierra S.
Anita,

$15 a day is not good. You have 10+ years of experience and $15 a day is less than minimum wage. Go to tge care.com calculator and put in your years of experience, zip code, and how many children you would care for and it should give you a better idea of what you should be making per hour. I have 12 years of experience and I don't take less than $15 an hour. It might take you longer to find a 10-15an hour job but it will be worth it.
Posted: January 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM
Anita H.
Hello All..
just curious..
I was aksed to babysit for 1 child 7 months and another child who is 3yrs old at $15 a day,5 days awk,getting paid a wk or every 2 wks is that good? Yes I have 10+ yrs experience including raising my own kids-grandkids..babysitting neighbors kids frm birth to pre-K age.
any advice would be great.
Thanks :)
Posted: January 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM
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Judy S.
I'm not sure why it's taken so long for me to read through this! I've found a number of positions through care.com and have been very fortunate. Have had several families for long term, part time nanny positions, in addition to various babysitting jobs to fill in on weekends and evenings. I ask for $12-15/hr, depending on if they want or need me to do anything extra. I also have 3 cleaning jobs where I earn $15/hr. I have taken positions for as low as $10/hr, but only in cases where I felt the people truly couldn't afford any more AND it still met my financial obligations.
I consider myself to be a professional nanny, with many years of experience with infants and young children as well as an AS in Child Dev. I typically only answer ads for $10-15/hr. Also, my CPA informed me that since I work for multiple families and do not have written contracts with any of them, I would qualify as self-employed. So, I keep track of my wages and expenses in a spreadsheet, file my own taxes at the end of the year, and have a business license with the city (which I was told is a requirement in my city and state). It was inexpensive and easy to do online. So, I officially have my own small business and no longer have to worry about the fact that MOST people hiring nannies (particularly those with part time hours) have no interest or desire to put you on a payroll. The families I work for are mid to upper middle income and I feel it's important that our arrangements work for BOTH of us. If the pay is too low, I will simply turn it down. If it's too high for them, they will turn me down. I always explain that I pay my own taxes and need to make my own living from what I do and they always understand.
Also, with your own business, keep track of all expenses including your health insurance, mileage and any supplies you might need. It can all be listed as expenses for your taxes. One last thing, when once wondering if I should ask for an additional dollar an hour, my daughter reminded me that most people will spend the equivalent, or close to it, on a coffee each morning or some other indulgance. The important thing is that you all feel comfortable with whatever you end up agreeing on, I think. You want to be happy since your attitude and energy on the job can set the tone for your work with the kids. The parents need to be happy so that they'll truly appreciate you. My longest running job just voluntarily gave me a small raise after 1 year and several families have gifted me with little things over the months. I love my work and families, so just be open to the good that you deserve and perhaps you'll attract wonderful and appreciative families to you! Best of luck to everyone.
Posted: December 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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Denise M.
I love this site..but often it is a way to get the most out of a worker and pay the least....can we have some regulations about this? Minimum pay for these services should be posted and those looking for care should not be telling workers that $5 is sufficient pay for services rendered. Also..many here are looking for a caregiver to be a housekeeper, house manager and driver that is not included in ad. I think the site needs to have more specific questions and those seeking help need to realize one catagory of pay for the person doing 2-3 catagories isn't fair....there needs to be more guidelines for this with current research on pay scales in your area.
Posted: December 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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Denise M.
To ALL you hard workers out there:
I have been a Home Care supervisor and qualified, educated and experienced people for elders or children are hard to find..and they must be caring,loving people ,too. When a potential family is offering $5,$8 even $10hr..it shows they have very little concern for who they are hiring. Experience and training costs money and those caregivers need to also pay bills, and live in this economy. It is vital to have these potential families understand that minimum wage is the lowest they should be allowed to pay and for quality and experience the going rate is $12-20hr depending on child/senior needs;if they are challenged in any way and if it requires a person with training as well as experience. I know it's hard to pay what a person is worth but a caregiver is also having hard times and your child/loved one MUST be protected by hiring the best..not the rest!
PS..IT is totally legal to fill out a 1099 as a self-employed person...no family or individual who hires you will get in any trouble.YOU are responsible for filling out, reporting and making sure the IRS gets your info. Self_employed is legal and has been in this country..Most of the time WE are owed money not always must pay it to our government.Speak to a CPA about the laws per state.
Posted: December 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM
Annalicia B.
Hi I'm working with family now for 2 year and they have 4 kids one of them is special need and I do live in and they me $500 weekly.should I ask for more money?
Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Ana D.
I have been reading your comments and I believe the hourly rate depends on where you are located. I have friends and own mom who have 10, 15 and more years of experience and they charge 18-20 per hour. I too will never charge less than 18 per hour, of course because of my experience. I speak two language, I studied child day care management have a CPR/first aid certification etc. It dipends on your experience and where you are located. We the nannies or sitters have the most important job and dangerous too because if something happen to kids on our care we are to blame so this job is the most important to me and I can't risk my reputation for 2 or 10$ per hour it's just not worth it. By the way it's better if you tell the parents you want to do your taxes. This job it's beautiful so we have to do it with our heart, money is important but not the most important. :) good luck girls!!
Posted: December 08, 2012 at 2:56 PM
Cynthia B.
Hi to all! Just became aware this section was here so... I believe everything I've read here when it comes to those of you who have been or are being underpaid. I am in Georgia & much as I need to work, I refuse to take care of a child for a couple of dollars an hour. There seems to always be housework, meal prep, errands or something in addition & the parents don't want to pay any extra. There are people here who want their homes cleaned, only want to pay a small amount & expect the cleaner to bring all the supplies. There is no way I will do that. Traffic around here is horrendous which means we sit in traffic & we all know how expensive gas is. I just wish the ones who post here would take that into consideration. I've only ever heard back from 2 people on here, none of the others seem to be able to take a minute of their time to reply to let you know they are going with someone else. I find that very rude & would never treat someone in that way. Regardless of the position we apply for, we deserve to be treated with respect. I've noticed around here there seems to be more scams showing up which makes me leery of replying. I plan to call Care.com to find out if they are aware of it. Sorry for the complaints but I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way; I think we all just want the opportunity to work while at the same time, be treated & paid fairly.
Posted: December 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
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Rosemary D.
The pay calculator should also calculate if you are doing laundry, cooking, cleaning also the charges should be rated by ages. Like how much to charge if age 1 mo. - 2 yrs. compare to 9 yrs - 11 yrs + driving them to their activities.
Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:02 PM
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Lasette B.
I agree that there is a huge difference between being a babysitter and being a nanny! A babysitter is someone who comes over for several hours, usually in the evenings or on weekends, and keeps the children safe and happy until the parents return. Babysitting is not a full time job. This is VERY different from being a nanny. A nanny is someone who provides a certain number of hours of care per week, and takes an active role in the learning and development of the children. Being a nanny means that you are committed to a set schedule, you are entitled to time off and vacation time, you should be paying taxes and paying into retirement if possible, and you should be making a livable wage. I have 13 years babysitting experience and 4 months of nanny experience. I have no problem charging anywhere from $5 to $12 for babysitting but would never accept less then $15/hour as a nanny. (Caring for kids in your home is a whole other topic)
Posted: December 01, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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Julie A.
I managed to click post by accident...
I'm less concerned about how much I'm being paid (even though minimum wage...even in Louisiana...is more than $5), than when I'll be paid and having some idea when to expect the parents to be home. I loved those kids, but I had to leave at one point. I ended up going back, but with clearer boundaries. By the time I moved things were going much better, but I still wasn't being paid much. Now I'm taking care of a 7 year old boy and 10 year old girl after school. Less than 5 minute commute to their home, and their school is halfway between our homes. I'm getting $15/hr for an average of 21 hours a week. It's an odd schedule because the mother is a college professor and the father is often out of the country. The mother leaves prepared meals on evenings I'll be staying late and invites me to eat with the kids. She pays me for hours she promised, even if she decides she doesn't need me. And the only things I have to do are pick them up (from the same school), prepare their plates at dinner and snacks, help with homework IF needed, and put them to bed. Sounds great. But... It's temporary. The mother's schedule will change next quarter, and she doesn't need me during the summer or holidays. So the hours vary and there are big gaps between some pay checks. The only other drawback is that they are not properly disciplined. They behave relatively well most of the time. But when the little boy gets the idea that he doesn't want to listen, it's a battle trying to get him to do what he needs to or not do things he shouldn't. I'm still looking for something else. Hopefully small children during the day, full time. I have the experience with the kids. But I don't have much experience with how much to charge. When I told a lady who helped supervise the boy with low functioning autism at school that it was my last day, she asked if they needed a new sitter and how much I charge. When I told her there were 2 other boys at different schools and I got $15/hr she laughed. She said she charges $14/hr for one 'normal' child. That was the first time I ever had an indication that $15 was somehow unreasonable. After reading this thread, I am beginning to agree. Thanks everybody for the information. I think I have a better idea of how to go about finding my next job now and how to handle the pay. (I hope!) And to anybody is getting $2/hr, or apparently anything under $10, I've been there... Don't let them push you! It's one thing to be generous and treat their kids to McDonalds once in awhile or do some extra cleaning without being asked. I guess I'm probably way too generous with all the extra things I am willing to do. But considering my experience, location, and gas prices... I refuse to work for any less than $15/hr 20+ hours a week. I feel like I'm asking too much. But if I'm going to survive without any other regular income, I don't see any other way. I'm a college graduate. But jobs in my field are nearly non existent right now.
Posted: November 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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Julie A.
Thank you Nicki K. for that info. I'm new to California and to being a nanny. For a couple months I was watching 2 boys with high functioning autism after school (15 hours a week), helping with their homework, and supervising as they prepared their own snacks. They have a brother with low functioning autism that stayed at an after school program before they recently moved that I only cared for a couple times when he was sick or out of school early. Then they moved twice as far away, and I had to give my notice because it wasn't worth the 40+ mile drive each day. And I also had to pick up the 3rd boy (all 3 in separate schools) since there was no after school program for him. No raise. No contract. The only thing offered extra was compensation for taking the boys to McDonalds. I also had their 3 year old half sister a few times. The kids weren't bad... But the one with low functioning autism will dig his nails into me, pull my hair, and hit me if I can't understand what he wants. He can't talk, and half the time his brothers who know some sign language still can't figure out what he wants. I was thrilled when I first got the job because the other two boys are pretty good, and I was getting 4 times more than my previous job. And that one involved a 2 and 4 year old, also both with autism. I won't even start on how much I was taken advantage of at that job. Less than $5/hr for 2 kids in diapers, never knowing when (or if!) the parents would come home when I had early classes the next morning, or if they would be able to pay me that week. And I once defended those kids from a large snake! (They lived in the middle of cow and crawfish fields.) I'm less concerned about the amount I'm being paid than
Posted: November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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Nicki K.
In the state of CA, there is a Nanny Tax, optional in 2010 and mandatory starting 2011. It is illegal for families to pay on a 1099 basis, they need to pay a regular paycheck and take taxes out and issue a W-2 at the end of the year. The IRS is checking on families and auditing people and there are steep fines for not doing this.
I found out this year when I submitted my paperwork (1099) to the accountant who does my taxes.
Posted: November 02, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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Cecilia P.
I want to be a live in live in nanny, but i still have bills i need to pay. What would be a good weekly salary if I was watching 2 kids. i have over 8 years experience and i think a minimum of 375 or 400 would be ideal. Is that too much for a live-in?
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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Alissa S.
I make 150 a week for 3 days 15 hrs. i also pay this to my sitter.
Posted: October 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM
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Chanel M.
I love this website! I got hired to babysit for a mother and father of 5 boys!!!! I sit for them when the parents need a night out or if a dr. appointment comes up. I get paid $10 an hour if it's at night and $15 if it's during the day. I have applied for several other babysitting jobs on here but i haven't gotten anyone to respond. That's ok though, I am so happy with the one family i babysit for now. Thanks care.com
Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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Susan H.
Thank you, this was very helpful.
Posted: October 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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Sabrina C.
Hello All, I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I work for two families, I care for a total of five children one with servere Autism. When I started one of the families paid me 15.00 per hour for 8 hours with a annual raise and pay when they go away on vacation or whatever. I work for this family one day a week. I found another family for after-school hours five days a week. I spoke with the family that paid 15 dollars per hour about the after-school position and how I would not be able to work the 8 hours on that day. So, being so thouthful and understanding she increased my pay to 22.00 per hour for 4 hours that one day so that I would stay with them and keep my pay around the same for the day. After 4yrs. with this family and counting I will forever be greatful and loyal because they "VALUE" me for my hard work. So, when you're asking for a specific dollar amount make sure that you are asking what you are worth. But, also be worth what they are asking. Because if you are a lazy Nanny you will get what you are worth. And it makes it hard for hardworking Nannies to get what they are worth. Take care, all.
Posted: October 07, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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Alexandra M.
I generally earn at least $12.00 per hour, and I always try to go above and beyond and do little extra things to make it really worth the family's money. I don't watch TV when the kids are asleep; instead, I fill the time with other tasks to help the family out...such as straightening up, cleaning the kitchen really well, organizing tasks, or whatever seems helpful and appropriate. If nothing needs to be done, I sometimes like to make pictures for the kiddos or bake something, just to make for a special surprise; I really value the families that I babysit for, and they seem to value me! :) I did not read the entire post above, but I agree that I would never be able to accept $2.00 per hour, or even $8.00 per hour, based on the amount of work that I do and the travel, mileage, etc.
Posted: October 04, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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Debbie J.
I am broken hearted at the disrespectfullness I have received. My bosses don't pay when they vaca or when the grand's come or if I am sick for one day!!! I love their kids, but they love their money and freedom more. I finally put in my notice when I was told that they were thinking about getting an aur par(not sure how to spell that). Their krap has been snowballing and I have to get out. My boss is a negotiator for a living and I'm to nice. NOT ANYMORE. I have a real peace about leaving. Another 300$ isn't going to keep my car in my driveway anyway.
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 1:24 AM
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Rachel R.
Hello,
I have currently been saying that I will not go lower than $10/hr, but I am wondering if I should be charging/asking for more. I have 12 years of experience(normal child care, preschool, daycare, infant care, special needs/disabilities, twin infants, etc), I am CPR (pediatric and adult), First Aid certified, I have a Food Handler's Permit. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Family, Consumer & Human Development with an emphasis in Child Development and an emphasis in Family and Community Services. I have a Minor in Special Education (Birth to age 3) as well as a Gerontology Certificate. I am also pursuing a Certificate to become a Postpartum Doula I am also a Certified Family Life Educator. I do have a 5 month old baby boy who I am not comfortable finding child care for while I go care for other people's children. I wear him in a sling most of the day so he is easy to care for while still allowing me to have both hands free. I am living with my husbands family so i can not watch children at my place, so i must nanny at their place.

What do you think I should be asking? the pay calculator says for one child at 40 hrs a week in my area (Utah) I should get paid $10.50/hr.
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM
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Felicia D.
Question, what would you charge a family of two children ages 10 & 12 yrs old, from 3-5 pm. 5 days a week. 4 of the 5 days I travel 22.5 miles day to pick the kids up from school, drop one off at Dance class and back to their home, the fifth day I travel 11.5 a day same time 3-5
Posted: September 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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Louise K.
It boggles my mind that parents expect that care for multiple children, including driving them to/from multiple schools and asking for kitchen clean up and laundry folding etc. are shocked when I tell them $15 to $20/hr. Yet these same families don't mind paying $75 for "chemlawn" applications that take less than an hour, or horse back riding lesson that are $50-$150/hr??? do they not realize that as quick as a child laughing with a grape in their mouths could turn into a life threatening situation and I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN?...Am I mad to expect that kind of pay VS.responsibility?
Posted: September 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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Mytai H.
I am the mom of Mytai! I helped my daughter relocate to GA where she wants to be. I am helping her with start up stuff that I wished someone would have been able to do for me when I moved out. I found care.com to be a helpful resource. I also am very appreciative of all the comments on here. I live in NY and don't want to have my daughter taken advantage of. You all had very good tips and I will help her with contracts, rate setting, and all the wonderful comments and suggestions you all have placed up front. Most important comment in my opinion is to be patient and the right family will pay the proper rate as well as appreciate your worth! As far as cursing children and blatant disrespect to any adults (including care provider) there should be a change jar for 10c for every single act of blatant defiance, cursing/swearing or disrespect. You get one warning a day. Unless the child has severe emotional issues that should be discussed prior to (then it would be considered special needs). Does anyone discuss these types of issues with parents?

Also I would like to say that babysitting is serious business at whatever age you started. My neighbors preferred my 9 year old over adult and teenagers, because she was diligent, had schedules, provided details to everything that went on that was relevant to the parents needs/wants. They chose her for her compassion, character, fun positive attitude, and ability to handle any/all emergencies/incidents. She became their permanent provider! She also became their nanny as a result of her work with the family for all them years. I think the experience and sticking it out with a good family paid off and should not be negated. Experience is experience!
Posted: September 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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Jayne B.
I just came off a 13 hrs shift with three kids one is five the other ten,i started at 8am and by 2pm i was called stating that some close friend would like to bring their kid over to hang with the other 2 this one is also ten. at the end of the night i was paid $80.I drove for 30mls both ways the mom said not to do any cleaning but the place was a disgusting mess and i can't stand to be in or around conditions like that plus there was a dog who is cute but not house trained so there was you know what around ,she is a single mother but i cannot understand how people bring kids up in a dirty house and expect you to do the same .In saying that am not a clean freak but you can tell the difference when a house was cleaned 6 months ago or 1 month ago .I cleaned the kitchen/dinning and den area so i would be comfortable there with the kids .She came home was impressed and just gave me $80 saying i paid extra for the third kid .Don't know if to be grateful or pissed off is my reason for coming on here to check the current rates .Thank you !
Posted: September 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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Alexis S.
I am so glad to have come across this thread! I have worked for several families and have always thought it was the "nice" thing to do to be flexible (lowering the rate if they worked long hours, since child care gets pricey)... but then I just had ABOSLUTE NO drive or desire to give quality care. I have had wonderful families that not only paif me the 15 p/h that I asked and weekly bonuses. I normally charged 10 p/h for babysitting but then families take that price point to bring you down because, liek I read above, "the kids will be asleep" or what not. That is just not right. I believe with 11 years experience and training, 15 dollars PLUS money for any driving wear & tear etc. Good luck to everyone!!! Don't sell yourselves short!!!
Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Marva W.
I have a degree in Early childhood education and specialized in special needs. I have CPR/First Aid certification. My only experience was during my internships with preschoolers and developmentally delays and special needs children and assisting my neighbor ocassionally watch a special needs adult. Why can't my experience in raising my own children and grand children also factor into the experience mix. I would really like to take care of those with special needs. Will my age (67) make a difference?
Posted: September 03, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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Margaret R.
Deborah W. & Rebecca R. ... I so agree with both of u with the pay rate on Care's website. I understand with the economy that people do not want to pay. However, when they look at the experience we have & what they want us to do ... $5-$10 is ludicrous for a wage! We are caring for their children, in every way all day, & maintaining most aspects of the house while they are at work. I have become very frustrated at the wage & because Care has that option available to them ... they choose it! As a former teacher of almost 25 years, mother, etc. I will not work for $10 an hour. In our area .. I could work at Subway making sandwiches. It saddens me that little importance is placed on childcare today, yet all the other weekly maintenance items in the home are taken care of at a very costly price without given a second thought. Priorities in families are confusing today :-( AND ... as long as there are those that are willing to go out & work for less & continue to do it all... short of "tarring their roofs" it will continue! Sad to say!!!
Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Sthefany N.
hello everyone, after reading all your comments which were very helpful to me, i have some question to ask.... i work with this family since July and they are really nice, they pay me 10 per hr. They have 2 girls both of them go to school; I arrive there at 7 and help them get ready, make lunch ... etc.. i bring them both to their school. One girl is 7 and the other one 5 ( she goes to a different school). I pick the older one at 3 and then i have to bring her to her after school activities with are a little bit far from her house, also they require me to clean their house and do laundry, ironing and cooking salads for them. I don't mind doing those kind of stuff for them but I've talked with other babysitter and they said they don't do as much as i do and they get pay 14-16 per hr... plus they pay them for the gas when they bring the kids to after school activities. I would really like your opinion.... thanks
Posted: September 03, 2012 at 10:08 AM
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Teresa P.
I just got swindled out of 200 dollars, i worked at 530 in the morning dropping off to school and pick up from school at 2 and mom came at 530 i didnt get a dime, I have worked for this family since January. After several nice attempts I let them know I was contacting their commanding officers, they have paid me 10 an hour, now claim thaey thought I cared about heir child and wanted to pay me less, As a live in the arrangemnet was one week on one week off, plan changed and payment changed so many time it made my head sping, now they are threatening me cause I turned them in, I just came from police station, as I was there they were still blasting me with OLD Hag comments and saying you dont want to see my bad side
Posted: September 01, 2012 at 6:54 AM
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Linda L.
I met with a family today. I would be working from 9:30 to 5 on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday and zthursdat I would work 11 to 5 but only until December. One parent is always home during the week. I initially asked $15/ hr. They said that they paid their last nanny $14/hr. I agreed to
Posted: August 27, 2012 at 1:54 AM
Cassandra R.
Yes I would like to say I have learned my lesson to get everything in writing. I was watching a family that had twins ages 6 that was very rude and disrespectful that did not mind and thought everything you told them to do was funny. They cursed like crazy and remind you they was only 6.U know they are a handful if they got kicked out kindergarten. I was called several times to go pick them up from school because they got in trouble and they asked me to watch some over summer and then they didn't want to pay me the same rate for watching them for 11 hrs a day. So I told them I could not do it anymore so beware you have some skimmers out there and watch out for this family they stay in rock wall,tx they need a man figure to watch them.
Posted: August 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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Rebecca R.
It also helps to have families be honest with their location. I know where I live, there is a huge difference between Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and the difference, just from a distance point of view, can be as much as 15+ miles. That makes it even more difficult to find a quality job and still be able to afford to live. Gas prices are not that expensive here yet.... but they rise significantly around the holidays and in the spring, and the further away I have to travel, the more often I have to fill my tank, and most families are not willing to consider paying a little extra for gas expenditures.
Posted: August 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM
Mary G.
I am totally confused now reading all these comments.
1)in all 50 states there is a law that to be a nanny the care must be done in the parents home, not your own home, in your own home is daycare and you need a license for inhume care in all 50 states.
2) when we are talking nannying and pay, no one should confuse that with if you have to bring your own children with you, if you are bringing your own children with you, you are not giving the care of a nanny you are giving the care of babysitting. Many states, the one I live in defines nannying as providing care to one families children in their own home, if you are bringing your children with you you are not considered a nanny.
3) protect yourself with a contract and with a w2. If your employer does not wish to claim, then do not work for them. You hurt yourself in the long run, and you could hurt them a lot, when you go to collect SS and say you worked 10 years as a nanny and they ask the name they can go back and get the money even 20 years later. The paying taxes is not the nannies responsibility it is the employers, you pay a share and they pay a share but it is totally the responsibility of the employer not you to make sure it happens.
4) I look at sick pay totally differently, I do not ask for it but I have only called in sick once in 4years. I do talk to the parents up front and ask them there thoughts about extended sick leaves and many have stated that they would give me a pink slip to unemployment if I had an extended sick leave so at least I could collect but they would have to find someone else so they could work. I agree with that. I guess maybe I would think of it differently if I was sickly but if I was sickly I think I would pick another field other than being around children all day long.
5) I ask for two weeks paid vacation from each family, then if the family takes more than 2weeks off, I ask for 1/2 pay for every week over 2they take and everyone has agreed with that.
6) when I look on care.com and see an 18 year old with 10 years experience I shake my head. I do not consider babysitting for children at night actual experience for a nanny job. Experience is when you have a 30+ hour job for months at a time, that is experience and counts in years.
7) pay is so hard to figure. Yes many get paid to less, but as several people hear wrote they are doing care in there home, that. Is not nannying and they could face criminal charges, that is daycare and should be paid accordingly. There are some who are taken there own children with them, that again is not nannying and again they could face charges depending on the state they live in, but pay should be subtracted $4 an hour for each child they bring with them, taken away from the children they have in there care. Each state has a different minimum wage, pay should start there, and then go up with the level of experience, age of children and what duties you have. Or like me if you feel you work with the family better and can make your bills.

All that stated. I have been making $12 an hour for 2 years with an infant, now toddler. I am ending an employment and looking. A single father with three young ladies, 4,6 and 9 inquired about my services. We hit it off right away. I went for a face to face interview. After all was said and he offered me the job and asked how much money I wanted, I asked him for a few hours to decide. I went home, this job is 5 hours less than my last job per week. They are older children so different work, no diapers and a lot less picking up. I can make my bills with what I was being paid. I can handle the taxes. So although I could because I have a Masters degree, and a nursing degree and 27 years of experience charge a lot more. But I will be happy making what I need with a family I love than with a family I just feel okay about but earn more.
Posted: August 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM
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Rebecca R.
Deborah W. I could not agree more. With Minimum wage ranging from $8.00 to $10.00 depending on which state you are in, the $5.00 option needs to be removed. It might make mroe families think about what it is they truly need. Lately I am seeing ads which state " I am a single parent so please be fair ", yet they are not willing to be fair in how much they pay.
Posted: August 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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Deborah W.
I can't believe the stories here! It states on each job post that minimum wage must be paid! I think care.com should not have the 5 dollar option. They should just start at 10 and this would solve a lot of these issues. We are like private school vs public school. We give private care which is costly.
Posted: August 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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Claudia G.
THANKS THANKS to everyone for the comments, we give at the kids our best manners, examples always trying to do the best for them in the future they want to find at the right babysitter for they own kids and every job help us and the moment we need. sometimes we don't make a good deals with the parents but the blessing for you is coming soon BECAUSE THE BABYSITER ARE THE BEST WOMEN AND THIS LIFE :)
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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Deborah Z.
I have been a Nanny for 27 years and have references that are wonderful! I show my experence and still get offered $10.00 an hour! It doesn't matter anymore what u have to offer...it only seems to matter what they can afford! It makes me so sad that I am looked at like this!! I see myself as am asset to any family that hires me( I will love and care for your children like my own) but families only see us as hired help!!We need to stick to what we feel is the right pay and not settle for what they think is right!! When you interview with a family explain yourself and what you will offer them, sell yourself and make them see what they will get from you as a person!!I wish all of you the best and hope that some of you will see your worth so much more than you get!! :)
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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Sandra B.
Hi Caregivers, thanks for all of your postings. They have been very helpful to me. I am an older lady in her early sixties and have been working in child care off and on for 20 years and have two grandchildren which I cared for many times while grownn up. Operated my own in-home child care service back in the 80's but went back to school to further my education and got into working in business administration. However, just started back a couple of years ago working part time positions, but now working full time due to losing a job in business administration. I will be starting a new full time position tomorrow working 40 hours and I will be paid $1000 for one infant a month, but will be needed one or two nights each month for two hours caring for the infant and his brother who is 3 years old. This pay is slightly higher then most daycares in my area. They will be paying me $50 per night for the two children which I considered very fair. I did want to comment on Cynthia A's blog that I do completely understand where she is coming from since we are both over 60. She is defintely being underpaid and needs to find a new positon. I really believe that parents should be willing to pay more for you coming to their home to do child care instead of them having to take the child to your home which puts more stress and time on the parents. Before accepting my new position I had been unemployed for 4 months and was really getting worried. Sometimes I think that parent think that we don't have enought energy to care for the little ones so I try to express that in my responses that I may be older but still have lots of energy for them. I have worked for several other families in my area as a fulltime/part time/ocassional nanny and the part time and ocassional jobs all all been willing to pay $10 an hour for one and I charged $15 an hour for two and they all have given me excellent references. I have been willing to accept a little less for the full time positions, but realize now that I have probably been cheating myself.
Posted: August 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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Terri A.
I so appreciate all of your comments. After reading them all, I have to say that I feel like I am paid well ($20/hr) for 3 kids (2, 4, and 8), but yet I know I am worth so much more and the chores and tasks I do for them on top of taking good care of their children is unlimited. I come with a lot of experience and abilities, wisdom and education. I said all of that to say, I am preparing to ask for a raise. Probably $30. and hour at least because I dont have health ins, sick leave, retirement benefits, etc. and health ins is the big need. If I have to pay for it out of pocket, i need to be able to afford it. Otherwise I would rather look for and have a job that offers it. (along with dental, vision, retirement and other benefits
Posted: August 10, 2012 at 5:44 AM
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Jennie W.
Wow!
I have read so many comments, I now have a question. What would the going rate be for 2 children, 8 hrs. a day, 5 days a week, in their home, and I would be willing to drive only 10 miles from my house? Jennie W.
Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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Rebecca R.
It seems to me like there is an over abundance of families that want to pay so little, demand so much, and then turn around and badmouth the people they hire. Just very dishonest people. How are we supposed to do our best when we're constantly facing situations like that?
Posted: August 06, 2012 at 10:06 AM
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Dorothea Y.
I think some of you wonderful ladies should think about watching children in your own home. This way you are NOT obligated to do the parents chores, etc. I have been very blessed to start my own home daycare service thanks to a great friend who constantly recommends me to her friends. This way you can watch up to 8 children in your own home and make approximately $800.00 a week before tax
Posted: July 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM
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Patty H.
What is the average pay rate for 2 young children, 1 with a slight disability. I have to drive 45 min to get there and drive around a lot. Light house keeping,laundry,meals and tending to some pets and farm animals?
Posted: July 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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Maria M.
Maria Mc
Aloha to all the comments, very informative, good questions and suggestions.
Posted: July 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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Melissa O.
How can you tell a person they are not making enough as a childcare provider. My mom is working with a family that has a child who is terminal ill. She lives with the family and works 7am-8:45am then 4pm-6pm sometimes 8pm monday-friday. Also saturday 5pm-10pm or later. She only makes $500 a month. She is friends with the family and I know she wants to help out but at the end of the day its business. She asks me almost every week for cash because she has none after bills. Also the family is not hard up for money. They live in a nice home and the wife can afford to buy red bottom shoes ( which are so darn expensive). What to do?
Posted: July 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM
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Melissa O.
Wow these comments are wonderful. I really appreciate you all for this. Its gives me courage to say what I need to say during my interview. I got a response from a family that needs childcare for 3 kids. It would require getting to their house at 6:30am to get kids ready. Drop off a school and pick up at 3:30. Help with homework and give a light snack. Then they would be home around 6:30pm. Do you all think $16 an hour is good or not.
Posted: July 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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Miriam A.
Wow, this is my first time exploring the care.com site, besides just my messages & jobs. I am impressed to see that nannies can connect here & advise each other & help improve each other's lives! I've learned alot just from reading these comments. :) Keep it up! Sometimes as nannies, we feel isolated, like we are the only ones going thru a specific situation & we dont know where to look for answers or who to talk to about it. This is cool. Now I dont feel like I'm the only one.
Posted: July 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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Shanaz I.
To all on this site there is a pay calculator please use it to find out what's the average salary you should get, But as Carrie K said you have to give quality care and have experience, I am a full time nanny almost 3years I get 10.00 per hour,$15:00 for overtime. I get 4 weeks vacation , 5 sick day and all holidays with pay, also I get a metro card and $150.00 extra every month, and when grandparents come twice a year I get time off with pay not vacation TIME OFF. There are state and federal laws that mandate what a person should earn min wage in New York is $7:35 you should at least get that, and always work on the books its better.
care.com have a posting ARE YOU OVER PAYING YOUR BABY SITTER? That's for parents, THEY SHOULD ALSO POST ON FOR BABY SITTER ( ARE YOU BEING UNDER PAID).
Parents you to take care of their most prize possession, and the care for that most prize possession is only worth 10:00 per hour. wonderful!!!!!!
Posted: July 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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Carrie K.
I can not believe some of these pay rates,
PEOLE YOU ARE WORTH MILLIONS YOUR JOB IS CAREING FOR CHILDERN,

Listen up : people are low balling you bad , now this is experiencing talking , if you have quality care , some college education and full time experience of 5 yrs or + you should be PAID 10-15 PER HOUR.
If you drive the childern any where daily they pay 15 cents per mile about 3-8 dollars a day or , I choose, 25-40$ on the first week of every month.
THIS IS FOR EXPERINCE CHILD CARE NOT YOU SITTING A CHILD IN FRONT OF A TV
If you show the family your quality you should be paid for it , if you are a mother reading this , and disagree than you need to look at child care,
AT HOME nanny /child care is like comparing flying private or flying on united, it is more because you get through your day easier .
Do not pay more for your home furnishings than you pay , for child care, that is TACKY
Posted: July 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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Michele B.
Hello everyone! I have to share my thoughts too.

I am wroth about families that contact us looking to find a live-in nanny just to have you working more hours and paying you a few bucks, only because they are paying for you room and board, this is exploitation. They think everyone is an au-pair that comes from other country in a hungry status accepting anything to keep them alive. They forget that US nanies have SS#, DL#, experience, references, background check.

The other thing that bothers me is when they want to pay you less because the children is sleeping. So what? I would like to be in the confort of my home, not worried about anything, lying down on my bed, but I'll have to be there because they want to have fun or are working until late nights. If they think an absurd to pay me while the kids are sleeping why don't they leave them awake all night? I do not mind!!

My hourly rate is my hourly rate, does not change if the kids are sleeping, at school, or whatever, they pay for my time. Isn't this the american way of thinking? Why do they change that when it is to pay a nanny?

Odd jobs must be respected too, especially because for many people be a nanny it is not a gig, it is a career. If they think an absurd to pay us more than $15/hour(I never worked for less than that and I always have long-term jobs) why don't they stay at home taking care of their own children?

**Outflow**
Posted: July 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM
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Anne Marie A.
Hello everyone. I started babysitting 3 children all under the age of 6 with supeevisio od their grandma when i was 12 and i got $10 per hr. The it went up to $12 per hr. when i started babysitting them by myself. Then they had another child and i was getting paid $16 per hr for all 4 of them. Considering that i olny had 2 years of experience when i was watching the 2 of them and i got paid $16 an hr i think anyone getting paid less than $10 for any number of children and amount of hrs is ridiculous. I am glad people shared their stories on this article because it gave me a better understanding on how to charge for my services. I am 17 with 5 years of experience and i have an interview tomorrow with a family to babysit a 3 year old while the mother works at home. I would watch the child 5 hrs a day 5 days a week. Any sugfestions on rates? Thanks! Good luck to all of you who arent getting paid what you deserve!
Posted: July 09, 2012 at 4:02 AM
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Melissa G.
In reference to the question regarding the family of 4 position; "CARE" specifically provides excellent answers that give you direction on how to research and look at discerning a salary for yourself given the position and your specific qualifications. My advice, or suggestion I should say, is for you to be more specific with the experience you have. What does 10 years experience mean? Is it in caring for a family of 4 that has cerebral palsy and autism? These are the questions that I believe you need to answer. Personally, I receive a lot of my guidance in my pay rate from my friend whose in Human Resources. She helps me figure out questions like these. Lastly, I do want to bring you back to "CARE" that gives direction on how to answer questions such as yours. Good luck!
Posted: July 08, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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Melissa G.
Hello All: Great to read so many comments on the varied topics. Thank you for your questions in seeking out answers that will improve your childcare experience.
In regards to the $2/hr. question; IT's ILLEGAL! The problem is that both the family and you are in agreement that $2 an hour is an Okay wage for you to earn. They value the quality of their providers Care to be worth that much. If you believe this to be true of yourself, you will continue to be paid that amount as a wage for yourself; BUT, if you think that you are worth being treated with more dignity and respect (in making a living wage stated by your state law) then either start looking for a better position (that'll pay you what you a legal wage) or not. What do you want to ACCEPT that for yourself. It is my hope for you, that you PLEASE trust and believe that you are worth being treated LEGALLY and that you develop that self-respect. I truly believe we teach people how to treat us. So, for me, I do not work for families that don't obey the law. I have kids and consider them my GOLD. If a family doesn't want to pay me a living wage, I don't take the job. I trust that the universe will take care of me. I build that faith. It has never let me down.
Posted: July 08, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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Cynthia A.
I have been with a wonderful young family for almost a year and ahalf now. We started out at $10.00 per hour, 10 hours per day, 2 days per week. At that time I was also doing senior care so the 2 days per week were fine for me.
I eventually was laid off from my senior care position due to the client going into the hospital permanently, so only had the 2 days doing childcare. Then the parents told me they had to cut my pay pretty much in half to $5.55 per hour but also needed me a 3rd day! So I went from working this position at 2 days a week for $200. to 3 days per week at $160.! I was also doing light housekeeping and laundry. I finally told them I needed more so they upped it to $180. per week, but that just isn't doing it for me, I am not making it on $180. per week. My hubby is a Minister and that is low income also, so things have become very hard and I know what has become $6.00 per hour is illegal also. I have stayed with it because I have bonded with the child and really don't want to leave. I have tried to find a position on the days when I am not with them so I don't have to leave them, however have been unsuccessful. I now have come to the point where I have no choice. I am now searching for a new position, however it has been hard and I know I have a good profile so not sure what the problem is, I told my daughter, I believe it is because I am older,60. I think alot of younger families are looking for younger caregivers these days,instead of more mature, more experienced (25 yrs.)I also am first aid and cpr certified, but this does not seem to make an impression, so it has been very hard. Anyway, my fellow caregivers, pray for me as I do have a interview today for a new position.
Thanks for reading.
Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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Melissa F.
It is great to see how honest these caregivers are on these posts- most of the time. I have seen caregivers that lie, demand things when you are the mother, or try to tell you how to raise your children. To me this is not experience, patience, integrity, or honesty. TO all moms that need a good nanny, their worth is in their experience, kindness, patience, and honesty. A job is a job, but it is different when a stranger comes into your home and open themselves to let you into their family. A nanny is not worth what they say until they "show it with their actions".

It depends on the family and situation. To all nannies: watch what you trade for money. Sometimes a little less with a loving family is better than money and being treated like "that is your job. So, you better do it or else". I have interview many nannies that heartbroken because they hate their job.

We want to find a nanny that is a perfect fit for our child and not just worried about their paycheck. I have paid many nannies what they want and end up slacking, sitting around, being lazy, non dependable.
Posted: June 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM
Darla S.
Dear Lourdes, ALOT! They are probably getting SSI and they can afford to pay you! You will be working very very hard with no breaks. You will be exhausted after each day! Ask for what you are comfortable with!
Posted: June 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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Ovaloretta H.
Hello, I'm new to this area but not to this business. I have worked for several families during my tenure as a nanny, childcare provider. I started at $15 per hour over 10 years ago and now the fee is $25 and up. I'm a teacher/ choreographer and parent educator. I update my first aid/CPR certificates every year. I know my worth and will not let no one use me or the services that I provide for their family. If the shoe was on the other foot, I would start the pay at $15 per hour, get a contract drawn and come to an agreement before you start...period.
Posted: June 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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Lourdes D.
Family of four,two of them with special needs, cerebral palsy and autism;I have more 10 year of experience.
How much money do you think I should ask for?
Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Nafissa T.
The family i work for does1nt want to paid for their own vaccation.
Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM
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Jayda P.
I work for this family for 1 year now. i felt like leaving couple times but i really need the money and also the kids are so kind. In the beggining the mom was really nice and respectful but now i feel like i am their made. i get $16/hr for 3 kids ages 6,10 and 13. i work 30 hrs a week and 3 days from 8-6. when i get there i drop kids off then i come home to a HUGE list of to do's. i am tired of the to do's because it keeps growing. i am not a housekeeper and i didnt discuss this with her when i entered the job :/ i do laudry,dishes, vacume the house, dust kids room,make their lunches for next day, organize closets and so on.now she asks me to mop as well. i have asked her to come a different day to do house cleaning but she didnt want. what should i do...i am about to quit because i am not her slave?????
Posted: June 08, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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Katherine P.
Ok so now I feel stupid I just got talked down to $150 per week for a newborn, because she said $175 was too much, I am not NO luck on this website with people and so I finally paid to upgrade my membership to help, I am new to in home care but not new to children at all, I have a 2 1/2yr daughter and a 15month old son, so they are required to bring their kids to me. She said other people have quoted her $148wk and $150wk and honestly I feel like if I can get some experience under mybelt and start making money I can turn around and invest it, CPR training ect. But I can't do anything until I start making money,however I have a friend of mine who is looking for care for her two children also, 2 and 4 (life will be crazy here with my kids combined) What would you charge for 2yr old and 4yr old? I honestly didn't want more than one child and I only wanted to take on one family so if the lady with the preemie for $150 decides not to interview with me then I will have the option to take on the family with the little ones. Any suggestions? also I know the rates are crazy low but I just haven't found anyone else that has been interested or I guess maybe I haven't been open to taking on toddlers before now :/ as for days off my aunt who used to run a daycare told them if THEY called off she still got paid if she called off then she would dock her pay for them.
Posted: June 07, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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Lorena V.
Hi, I'm going to work for a family stay in their home the whole day and night taking care of 3 dogs and one cat for 10 days and I don't know how much ask for it ? Please give me your opinion I usually for for this family as an nanny and housekeeper and they pay me 12 /hr. thanks!
Posted: June 04, 2012 at 2:33 AM
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Maria C.
Ashley L., You are getting worked to the bone, my dear. You need to realize that she is paying you only $2/hour for working 50+ hours a week. That is just ridiculous. Even when I started babysitting (at 15)I used to get paid $5/hr.(we're talking 30 yrs. ago) AND you're taking care of 2 babies?? Seriously?? I understand that we're living in tough times and people may not be able to afford alot of things, but that is totally unacceptable and you can do much better than that if you look around. I would not have done that job for less than $15/hr. Please start looking around for something else. At least you got that experience under your belt. It's time to move on.
Take a look at Patricia L.'s comment. She's got really good information.
Wish you the best of luck.
Posted: June 02, 2012 at 5:11 PM
Tricia L.
When it comes to pay, ask around that's my advice.

If a family really wants you to care for their children, they will pay a fair price for it.
It's like saying "Would you drive a car with no breaks"?
Posted: May 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM
Ashley L.
I have an issue I take care of two kids under the age of two both in diapers the baby is 14 months. I work from 6:15am till approximately 4:30 in the after noon monday through friday. The mother does not provide food and only pays me 100.00 a week saying that is all she can afford. I think I am getting ripped off I would rather get paid that then nothing at all however am I going to run into a big problem when it comes time for taxes ? recently I had watch then 9 hours yesterday and over night and into today cause she had a military overnight watch . Should I charge her extra for the over night?.any information would be helpful thank you
Posted: May 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Susan G.
Do Nannies get paid by check or in cash.
Posted: May 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Mary D.
Hi, went on an interview recently, I asked $225 if they brought newborn twins to my house and $325 if I went to thiers. Mon-Fri 6am to 6pm. What do you ladies think? Thanks in advance
Posted: May 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Jacquelyn F.
I need opinions for a family member on a current hourly rate for the following situation:

*Childcare of twin toddlers and one infant
*No vehicle transportation of children
*Light housekeeping
*15-20 hours/week
*Position is located in NY/NJ area
*Certified Teacher with 20+ years experience as a caregiver and educator

Any responses that apply to the following situation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Posted: May 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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Chelsea T.
I am meeting a family tomorrow, they are wanting me to watch their 4 children so they can go on "date nights" and so that they can run errands occasionally. I am having a hard time coming up with wages? Any suggestions?
Posted: May 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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Mary Z.
What do I do if during my in-person interview, the employer mentions a price. After thinking about it, I realized that the price is way too low, and my form of payment was not discussed. I do not start for a few weeks, but how do I discuss a higher weekly salary and my form of payment without giving up the job overall? Do I do this in person on my first day or through e-mail/texting? Help please!
Posted: May 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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Mary L.
Sara, the family should give you a W-2 at the end of the year. Then you would fill out a 1040.
Posted: May 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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Sarah V.
If an Employer want to pay me on the books, which form should I fill to fill my taxes at the end of the year?
Sara V.
Posted: May 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Patricia L.
I charge $15-$20/hour depending on the number of children, ages, and duties. If you work over 40 hours a week, then your employer should be paying you over time. Again, over time pay is the normal rate if you travel with a family. Overnights should be calculated by your normal pay rate for 10 hours + an additional $50 overnight. For me normal overnight pay is $200 for one full/day+night. Remember that it is OT pay for 10 hours + an additional $50 for overnight travel pay. That is standard. If you drive the children then you should be reimbursed mileage driven during work hours. Check the standard mileage rate for your state. Some people still pay under the table. If you are paid cash, then make sure that both you and the family to not report it. Otherwise you will owe taxes on all of that money. The best thing to do is to ask for taxes to be taken out. I ask for an additionally $2/hr. when this is done to still get the net pay I am used to. I made the mistake of letting a family pay me cash for 10 years. Do you know how much money I missed out on that could have been contributed to social security and retirement not to mention unemployment benefits??? Always protect yourself, but be fair. Contracts are a must. Typically contracts span minimum of one year unless it is a summer care job only. I have learned all of these things through personal experience. Please feel free to ask my advice, whether you are a childcare seeker or provider.

* I was outraged to see some of the salaries and rates that nannies have posted on here. Check the pay calculator on the site. Honestly, the pay calculator is too low for my level of experience. Absolutely no one should be paid less than $10/hour and that is only if you are strictly babysitting not being a nanny! Only childcare facilities accept such low rates and that is because they are caring for several children. Any family that wants to pay a daycare rate needs to have their children in daycare instead of hiring a nanny.

I wish everyone the best:)
Posted: May 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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Wendy G.
It makes me so sad to read all these Nanny stories about Nannies being underpaid and overworked. I have been unpaid so much in my five years working as a Nanny that I almost left the profession. However, I LOVE LOVE working w/children and will just keep the faith that a good family is out there. The economy is tough now and finding a good Nanny position will take more time than it used to. However, I believe good things come to those who wait.

My fellow Nannies:
Do not accept less than $10/Hr for one child, $12/Two.

Being a Nanny is a tough job, both physically and mentally. The liability factor if very high and not everyone is cut out to be a Nanny. I find being a Nanny a very rewarding job, one that I wake up each day and look forward to doing.
Posted: May 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM
Erica P.
1099s are illegal to give nannies.
Posted: May 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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Danielle P.
Thank you... I knew it wasn't right but I thought for one second maybe when they go monthly salary it would be different.. glad I didn't take it!
Posted: May 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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Juliana A.
Danielle: don't do it! That's $6.37 an hour!!!! That's horrible!!! Don't settle for anything under $10...
Posted: May 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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Danielle P.
Hi.. I normally charge by the hour $10 that's my bare minimum.. well I recently got offered a position... They want to pay my monthly $1400 for their 18month old working 11hours a day 5days a week.. what do u guys think? To my sound like I wouldn't be making nearly enough.. but I want to know what u think I should do?
Posted: May 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM
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Karen S.
What are you supposed to do about taxes?? I am currently a nanny now, I have only been with the family since January of this year and will by done May 24th. In January I worked in the afternoons and made $10 an hour. In February I started making $75 a day. I typically work nine hours a day. It's enought to live on but I would love to make more. The family isn't going to be taking taxes out and I get cash. How does it work with taxes when they aren't going to report it?
Posted: May 08, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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Laura B.
Yes I agree people do try to take advantage of their caregivers not realizing it is their most precious children we are taking care of....
Posted: May 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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Chloe N.
I am so glad I found this thread. I've been searching for a summer nanny position for a couple of weeks now. I am so frustrated with parents thinking they can pay you what they would pay for daycare. I get tired of seeing ads saying they will pay $125/week for you to watch their child (or even children) five days/week. WHO CAN MAKE A LIVING OFF THAT? I'm a college student and it's hard enough as it is. I love caring for children, but I'm not going to slave every week to not have enough money to pay my bills. :-( It's ridiculous.
Posted: May 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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Katie K.
WOW! Im kinda sad I read all these comments! I feel USED! I have 17+ yrs experience in child care, I teach every child ASL (american sign language), I do house cleaning, cooking, take care of the dog, work 15+ hrs plus babysitting on weekends & make $8 an hr cuz thats what they would pay for their first new born...I love the family but really? I have had to take on two other jobs making it so I dont have one day off just so I can pay bills!! THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME KNOW IM WORTH SO MUCH MORE!!!!!
Posted: May 03, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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Katie K.
who should say a price first? and should I give a range or just what I need to live as a full-time nanny?
Posted: May 03, 2012 at 3:49 PM
Maryanne M.
I have 7 years experience and this thing says I should be making 9.50/Hr. Um no. Taking care of children is more of a responsibility than flipping burgers and the pay should reflect that. Also, this calculator does not account for CPR first aid certifications, INA members, bonded, insured, and other things you bring to the table (such as pre-school preparation, homework help, transportation, and meal prep). Do not take this number seriously. I'm afraid parents will expect to only have to pay this much and we will be expected to work this hard for this little (though I'm sure we all absolutely love our job, everyone has to admit its hard work!).
This pay only reflects time... No expertise or training.
Posted: May 03, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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Carol S.
I charge $15-$25 an hour depending on the number of children, the responsibilities and whether or not it involves special needs care. If someone is not willing to pay this, I don't respond to their post. The lawn maintenance crews around this area get $35.00 an hour per man, and everyone pays it. It's astounding that someone would expect to pay less to someone watching over their children! Additionally, if you're certified in CPR, AED, first aid and have any special studies as in CDA or infant/newborn care, make sure you charge what you're worth!
Posted: April 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM
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Juliana A.
I hope not, but at the same time some of them should read & OPEN THEIR EYES!!!
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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Christina H.
Can employees see this feed?
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM
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Juliana A.
I am also very glad you guys have posted your questions/answers/opinions!!! Because I been a full-time nanny since March, it's my first time, and the children are 10 month & 2 & a half year old. The oldest is finally in school during most of the day, and the baby is pretty good to handle. The mother stays home, and I take care of the baby 99% of the time. FYI: I have an associates in early childhood ed., and helping the mother with additional household chores comes naturally to me because I happen to be a nice person.

Lesson learned: don't be too nice. My hourly wage is $8 p/hour and after working an EXHAUSTING 51 hrs week (well, 100.5 hrs for 2 weeks), I learned on my payday that OVERTIME was NOT part of the deal. That when the family said "overtime", they never said "time & a half", but they meant to say "you will have hours in 'addition' to the 40 hours"........

......on that note, I was never paid the $12 for the 'additional' 20.5 hours, and the boss told me if I didn't like it I could give my 30 day notice (because if I don't give the notice they keep my first 80 hours worked as a security deposit kinda thing).

On the following week, the wife told me they would pay $10 for the OT, and I was still insulted, I was still under-appreciated, and 10 days went by and I'm still hurt. Because I would've never busted my a** so hard while missing my family for a pitiful $8 an hour....in fact, I would've declined the job. Nice or not nice, the family didn't realize that they were other better offers for me, and now I'm attached to the children and the wife is almost a dear friend.

And I don't know what to do. Other than apologize for the book story I literally wrote here!!! ***SORRY :(***

Should I resign? :-/
Posted: April 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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Graciela B.
Can someone please explain the tax issues. How does that work. And do they already know they need to take taxes out.
Posted: April 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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Tiffanie W.
Rachel F.,

I feel that you are underpaid. You are being paid less than minimum wage. If you are watching a child for 50 hours a week, you are actually suppose to be paid time and a half, because you are working more than 40 hours. You need to set a standard rate per hour, and then charge additional based on what your responsibilities are. You've been working more than a year for this family, and should ask for an annual increase amount. You should explain to the family that what you are making isn't enough, and explain to them that you should be paid more based off of your experience and how long you've been already watching the child.
Posted: April 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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Tiffanie W.
When you start out working for a family and have been for quite some time, do you feel that you should discuss an annual increase? What if I didn't have a degree when I first started working with the family, and then obtain a degree later? Should I be paid more if I add on a degree to my experience?
Posted: April 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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Rachel F.
I need advice..I have been babysitting a little girl since she was 6 weeks old. She comes to my house M-F 7:30-5:30 so she is here for a total of 50 hours a week. Currently I know I do not charge enough ($150 a week) and I have been trying to think of a nice way to ask for more money without feeling greedy. The parents are great. For the 16 months I have been caring for her I have never had any issues with them nor have they had any issues with me. I just feel that I deserve more money. What would be a good way to go about doing this?
Posted: April 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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Linda V.
Natalia, I agree totally. If these folks aren't in their homes for one week, they don't call the bank to say, "we aren't paying our mortgage for that week since we weren't there". But, to save some of THEIR money, they dock US when they aren't home. And like you, when I brought this up, AND mentioned there are customary guidelines here on care.com that outline we should get at least 1/2 pay when they aren't home and we have off. It shocks me that folks are searching for the cheapest caretaker, but purchase the most expensive car, house, clothes, etc. But they would tell the world they LOVE and would give their lives for their children. And yes, I feel treated like a slave. I tell them I respectfully request $15/hour since I am the best of the best. One girl told me it sounded arrogant! Imagine a resume sounding arrogant. And these rich folks BRAG about getting "cheap" daycare. Don't they realize if someone will work for nothing, what does that indicate about them? If I had a caretaker whom I KNEW loved and cared for my baby, I'd be certain to keep THEM happy to ensure my child is happy. I just don't get people who are rich, but won't spend money on their children's health and welfare. And these people think we are "disposable", if they don't like one, "dispose" of her and get another one, it's shocking sometimes.
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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Kelsey D.
I currently care for two little girls ages 2 &1/2 and 4 & 1/2. Their grandmother lives in the home and is constantly home and the girls dont listen more than half of the time. I make $225 a week 40 hrs and it is a 20 mile drive from my home. I really feel like I an bring taken advantage of since that calculates to 5.62 an hour and I have to work 1.5 hours just to pay for gas each day to get to work. I have done child care for many years. The last time I asked for a $10 a week raise to help pay for gas, I was asked if gas footed in price, should they decrease my pay. I dont think that is fair since I make so little already. What should I do? I'm sorry looking for another nannying job closer to home with better pay. Any advice until then?
Posted: April 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM
Alice L.
Seems all of the aforementioned sitters are behind the times in their asking salary ranges. We are expected to care not only for these children physically,
emotionally or mentally but to act as a friend. To keep a young mind and body stimulated to achieve their highest potential is no easy task. The minimum salary range should be twenty dollars per hour, especially when the childs
needs include outside activities, homework and bedtime.
Posted: April 12, 2012 at 5:52 AM
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Joanna B.
I charge $18-25/hr depending on how many kids and their ages (I have 12 years experience). Sometimes I get parents trying to offer me less, but I stick to my guns. I understand there are people out there that can't afford my rates, but there are also people who can, it just takes a little longer to find them.
I would never take less than $10/hr and I explain to parents, we are caring for their most prized possession, we should get paid more than someone working at mcdonald or the mall. The only childcare provider that should take less than $10/hr is a daycare provider who should end up making that if she had enough kids in the daycare.
Don't let people take advantage of you! There are always people needing childcare and you will always find someone willing to pay reasonable rates with your experience.
Posted: April 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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Margaret R.
When I was 12 years old, I babysat. I didn't do anything because the kids were usually already in bed. I got paid $1 per hour, and I'm talking 55 years ago. And today someone pays you $2 an hour. I don't think so. I ask for $15 per hr or I don't take the job. I pay for my own gas and meals and so on.
Posted: April 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM
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Monique W.
All of your comments are very helpful. I think its good to be able to share our thoughts. Thank You!
Posted: April 07, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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Emily H.
I think that you should at least be receiving minimum wage, you are watching someone's most precious thing in the world, their child. If you want quality care you are going to have to pay for it. Babysitting/Nanny can be own of the most fun and the most stressful jobs. I agree you should charge what you think you are worth.
Posted: April 04, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Jessica F.
I wish there was a "like" button. I would so "like" every single one of these comments.
Posted: March 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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Natalia E.
Hello everybody!! I was nanny for almost 1 year. I would like to say to you guys, be careful, some parents just want to use us, they think we are slaves. This family in the beginning was awesome, kind and respectful.
We agreed on things but never put anything on paper, so, they offered full time, 4 days a week. But we never talk about time off and that was the big problem, they started calling me to say don't cause we have off, and they never pay for those day.They did this many many times, so i tried to talk with them and of course they got mad hahahhha a very funny family. so the main idea that i want you to get is make a contract where you specify vacation time and sick days and more importantly if they decided days without your services, they need to pay for those days because we eat and we have to pay the bills. I really had a bad employer and a bad time
Posted: March 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
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Brocklyn S.
What are going rates for infant care vs. toddler or a school ager? I am new to this scene, I have babysat for many years since I was really young however I am coming out of a full-time, four year job with a Step Up to Quality at a Preschool & Daycare. There, as you can imagine were a lot of things I didn't have to deal with as much such as pay rates, infants, and taxes.
Posted: March 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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Debbie H.
I can feel, understand every comment made. I have 10 years of experience of child care. If a family offer me less than what I am worth then I don't respond. I have faith that I will find a true family that will offer me the fair rate for what I am worth.
Posted: February 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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Stacey F.
what i find is people dont want to pay much for childcare and then they want u to do there errands also, pick up there kids from school,take them to there after school activities. i think thats not right. i have 18 years experience and it doesnt really matter. this one lady has two small children and only wants to pay me 7.00 an hour.it is not worth it for me to take this job.what i really get upset is people who place ads then u respond to those ads then they ask u for a phone number, promise they will call u and never do, and then when u try to respond again they never give u the common respect and respond. and this one lady that asked for a picture of me. does it really matter what i look like or is whether i can do the job more important? i just dont understand people and it is so frustrating sometimes
Posted: February 09, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Bonnie L.
I would definitely suggest $10.00 hr. If they bring them to my home
I might consider $8.00 since I wouldn't have to drive. If it's more
than 1 child then $10.00.
Posted: February 06, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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Lynne S.
It is not what the family WANTS to pay you, it is what is fair and equitable. There are childcare payment options available to those truly low income families to help them with there childcare fees. Don't feel guilty being paid a reasonable rate. Base it on the hours, the responsibilities, and the # of children. Eg 1 child in YOUR home...$5.00 and up per hour. In their home, with housekeeping included $10.00 and up. Each additional child $1.00 an hour, etc. These are not set rates...just an idea of how to charge. Your time and care are worth it...don't sell yourself short!
Posted: January 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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Nancy G.
I have been A professional Nanny 12 years. I specialize in infants. I have worked for families that pay thier housekeepers 20.00 an hour,thats what they charge.I would get 10 an hour.Anything under 10.00 an hour is criminal. You are caring for the most precious thing in thier lives. If you cant pay a good wage,stay home and take care of your own clildren.
Posted: January 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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Joyce W.
wow! I love all your comments, they are very informative and now I have some of the answers to my questions. Thanks!
Posted: January 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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Jackie B.
I also charge $15/hour. In the future when I'm done with school, I will definitely pay the person who is caring for my children what she is worth. I could never survive on $2/hr...I think it is illegal for someone to pay you so little- it's ridiculous!
Posted: January 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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Jasmine B.
I'm about to meet with a family its my first time actually! So how much should I charge for a 3month old baby weekly pay?
Posted: January 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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Deborah K.
By law, employers have to take taxes out. The IRS won't have it any other way. A 1099 is for those who have their own business and take care of a variety of different families each week. If you work for the same family each week, by law you CANNOT do a 1099 and they have to take taxes out and give you a W-2 at the end of the year. If you don't, the family and the nanny/sitter can get into trouble. By law, employers have to pay you at least minimum wage, whatever that amount is in your state.
Posted: January 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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Laura W.
Tabitha -
I charge $15 an hour. If that family isn't willing to pay you what you are worth. ....then another family definitely will. Demand what you are worth. Sounds like you are being used.
Good luck!
Posted: January 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM
Betsy S.
Dear Pamela,
That is outrageously low. I have babysat for 20 years and even at 11 years old I made at least 8 dollars an hour. If you are a good sitter you should charge 10 to 15 depending on the number of children and responsibilities. They are paying you less than minimum wage.....it is against the law and lots of people will pay more to have their children watched! I am sorry but I can't believe you accepted 2 an hour and drive a car! Gas is nearly 4 dollars a gallon!
Posted: January 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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Lisa Marie G.
Hello! If a family pays me $15.00 a day for about 4 hours, I would be getting $3.10 an hour. I have 9 years experience in childcare. It all depends on your experience to say if that is ok! Let me give a word of advice to childcare providers and your vehicle, when it comes to picking up their children. If you are using your own car, gas, and insurance be careful. If anything happens while their child is in your car, you will be charged with some legal issues and costs. The responsibility should be on the parent's. They should be paying you 1/2 of your insurance cost, and gas costs. Good Luck to all! Ask the parent's to have a monthly meeting to discuss your concerns.
Posted: January 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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Laura J.
HELLO ,
I HAVE WORKED FOR A WONDERFUL FAMILY NOW FOR 2.5 YEARS.SEINOR CARE ALSO PET CARE THREE DOGS ONE CAT IN HOME.OFFTEN I STAY OVER NIGHT WHEN THEY ENJOY THEIR VACATIONS.THE QUESTION HOW DO I CHARGE THIS FAMILY FOR MY SERVICES? SOMTINES I STAY WITH THEIR MOTHER FOR A WEEK AT A TIME AND OF COURSE TAKE CARE OF THEIR PETS.
Posted: January 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM
Pamela M.
My family pays me $15 dollars a day for about 4 hrs. 3 days a week. Is that okay? I have to pick up one child from school. Please give me your opinion.
Posted: January 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM
Pamela M.
My family pays me $15 dollars a day for about 4 hrs. 3 days a week. Is that okay? I have to pick up one child from school. Please give me your opinion.
Posted: January 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM
Kerrie M.
How do you live on two dollars an hour, people can hardly live on ten an hour. If you are asking a person to take care of your family, they are worth at least ten. I'm not a full time babysitter/ nanny but I know people who are and they work hard and long hours
Posted: January 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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Anna D.
What is the going rate for housekeepers?
Posted: January 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM
Tabitha T.
Wow I charge $2 an hour and the calculator says I should be making 10.50 an hour! As a mother myself I dont know how a family afford that!
Posted: January 19, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Jennifer R.
I think you would just get a 1099 form . You would take out your own taxes and pay them quarterly.
Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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Barbara B.
What to do if employer doesn't take taxes out?
Posted: January 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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