How to Determine the Right Salary for Your Caregiver

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You've decided to hire a nanny, now it's time to get to work.

You'll need to determine what kind of person you're looking for, what her duties will be, and how much you can afford to pay her.

"One of the first things a family has to do is think about the job description - what kinds of responsibilities they're having the nanny take on -- and then based on that, develop the salary," says Carolyn Stolov, Care.com's family life expert.

"Even though you might have a limited income coming in, you have to realize this is the nanny's full time job," Stolov says. "This is what they live on."

Assessing Your Child Care Budget
The going rate varies by town, city or state, but you can use Care.com's babysitter rates calculator to get started or check with the International Nanny Association.

As parents assess their child care budget, Stolov recommends they decide what qualities in a nanny are important to them. Do they require a caregiver with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, are they okay with a nanny who's raised children herself, or perhaps one who isn't a mom but has a lot of experience? The amount you offer should take experience into account. 

Determining Job Responsibilities
After you know who you're looking for, you should create a written job description. This will outline the child care duties, like food preparation, feeding and bathing, driving to doctor's appointments or setting up play dates. Parents should be as detailed as possible about these tasks and how often they'll need to be done.

If parents are going to ask their nanny to do some household chores, perhaps when a child is napping, consider making them related to your kids, like doing their laundry, Stolov recommends.

You should make it clear in the description that the nanny's primary responsibility is the child, and make sure to give her time to take a break, too, Stolov suggests.

"You want to think about how not to make those housekeeping responsibilities so overwhelming that you're going to have a caregiver more focused on getting those things done rather than interacting with your child," Stolov says.

When you're ready to make an offer, create a written work agreement and a list of house rules.

Work Agreement or Nanny Contract
The work agreement spells out hours, salary, how taxes will be handled, overtime, vacation and benefits.

Stolov urges parents to pay their nanny on the books, and provide two weeks of paid vacation, holiday pay, and some sick days, too. With low-cost nanny health insurance options available, she also suggests paying at least half of your provider's health insurance. And she says you should offer an annual raise that is part cost-of-living-based, part performance-based, and an annual bonus of a week's salary if you can.

"What families have to think about is, what are the things you can do to make your job attractive so your caregiver will stay with you," Stolov says. "The family needs to realize they are the employer of this person. They have to think about the job they're offering is a real job."

There may be low-cost things a family can offer their nanny instead of extra pay, like adding her to your gym membership or providing a cell phone. "There may be things important to the nanny that are not monetary," Stolov says.

Finally, 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. If there are additions to the job, then a salary adjustment may be considered.

While there are multiple factors to consider when determining the salary for your caregiver like location and experience, you always want to do what's right for your family. Use Care.com's babysitter pay calculator as a baseline for the going rate in your area. From there, be honest about how much you can afford and be fair to the person taking on the job.

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Comments (56)
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Cyndi S.
Although we are on care.com to have senior care I would like to mention something also -- about live-in care. In some states you would have a difficulty getting the person to vacate the room when they stop doing the work without a lease. My first attempt to have a "live in" caregiver for the overnight shifts was a disaster as he never paid the rent portion to the homeowner although the senior receiving care was paying full wages as an employer so therefore the Federal SSI & Medicare also for that employee. We had to go through the eviction process which was emotionally challenging to deal with while trying to have my parents and in-laws taken care of and impacted the other staff that did not live-in since we require 24x7x365 care in the home.

My advice, join up with your city or county landlord organization to get the proper forms and have clarity around the rent cost for the space and pay them full wages for ease IF things go wrong or you simply decide that the live-in arrangement doesn't work.
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Darlene W.
Thank you so much for the info Stephanie!
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM
Stephanie Breedlove
Hi Darlene!

My name is Stephanie Breedlove and I am the head of Care.com HomePay. The answer to your question is YES, some of the taxes withheld from your pay do go toward your retirement - specifically the Social Security & Medicare taxes (also known as FICA). During tax season, the family will file paperwork with the Social Security Administration listing your name, the wages you were paid and the FICA taxes withheld from you, and this builds credit over time for you. When you retire, the amount of Social Security and Medicare assistance you will receive will be based on how much you have paid into the programs over your working lifetime.
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 3:02 PM
Darlene W.
This might be a silly question but I'm gonna go ahead and ask it because my husband wants me to. If I am a Nanny for someone and they take the taxes out of my pay does that go toward my social security benefits for retirement?
Thanks.
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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Isabel R.
From my personal experience I think is very important to do a contract with all the agreements you negociate with the family. You put everything in paper and clear it prevent future misunderstanding and leads to long lasting relationship.
I always make sure that my responsabilities are related to children. Little by little parents start adding things that are not your responsability, if you want to do is upon your decision.
My recommendation have everything written and be specific in all the things you want to be paid like vacation time, sick days, gas expenses. Good nannies should be recognized and motivated . Parents think the big responsability we have in our hands , the life of your children, our work sometimes is not seen as the eyes and heart people should see. Our job should be value as any job and be appreciated too.
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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Iuliana M.
Candy,

And since when you have to work for nothing? Especially during night time?
You probably never worked overtime and don't know anything about how it is to stay overtime and they just send you off with a "Thank you"! How about your life and responsibilities? I thought slavery was abolished a long time ago!...
How you dare to say that it's less work then during the day?!? Did you ever encountered an emergency (FYI a tornado coming or flood or something else...) where you have to wake up 5 kids in the middle of the night and dress them, and explain to them why do you have to do this, why is not mommy and daddy here, put them in the car, try to find where to go at that time of night and so on and on? Can you explain to me how easy this is? And you answer with your life for them, if something happens to them...since when a child life during the day value $10/hour and during night $5/hour?

Look form this perspective: My children life is priceless and I will pay someone as fair as possible and above and beyond when I can to have the best care for them. It is the merit of the babysitter that they are happy and content and safe when I am not there, so she deserves to have the best treatment too.
I have worked for both types of families. Some will try to get the crap out of you and give you nothing, pretending you have to be happy they give you crap and that you have a place to work!!!
And I work for families who will consider me one of their own and paid me the fair wage even if I could see they didn't have too much either. And I loved to work for them...

These should be about RESPECT and CARE for people who you expect to RESPECT and CARE for your loved ones.
And that you give these people some money compensation does not at all count with you the smile you get from your child...

Remember that a HAPPY Babysitter has more then 95% chance making your child happy too!
Posted: November 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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Warllem P.
And about a caregiver for adult with especial needs?
Posted: November 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Candy O.
Britney F.,
That's an interesting way to look at it. Frankly someonw with thoughts like that should think twice about being a nanny. Sounds like money is the ruling issue. Watching children during the day is a whole lot more work than at night. Period.
Posted: November 17, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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Jinafer S.
What is the going rate for a certified nanny / babysitter with over 25+ years of babysitting under her belt. Right now with the hours I'm working its comes out to be $6.10 an hour with no paid holidays,sick days or vacation days.
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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Cathleen S.
I have been asked to pick up two children in a family from two different schools, help with homework, and do light housekeeping. They have asked me if I would also pick up two more children (friends of theirs) and take them home as well. How do I charge for this? I am charging $15 an hour for the first family of two, but don't know what to do about the additional two children that they want to add on. Thank you.
Posted: August 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Member Care
Hi Kori,

Rates for live-in nannies do vary greatly based on a variety of factors such as location, experience, and your specific job requirements. We do have an article geared specifically toward gauging these rates which may be helpful to you:
http://www.care.com/child-care-what-does-a-live-in-nanny-cost-p1017-q30359222.html

I hope this helps!
Posted: July 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM
Kori O.
How much should I pay a live in nanny ? She would work one hour in the morning and then she would work 4 hours in the afternoon. I just would need her to big up the one child up from school. I have two boys. I would provide: room, board, food and cell phone. I would fill her gas weekly. I would need very light housekeeping, laundry and maybe dinner a few times a week. I have no idea what I should pay her weekly. Please give me your suggestions as I want to be fair and I want her to stay.
Posted: July 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Susan B.
I want to know what the going rate is to care for one dog for an hour a day. Basically playing with the dog and help with feeding. I'm in the Naperville area and the family is in Woodridge. If anyone could let me know a general range, I would appreciate it.
Posted: March 20, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Esther R.
I am disgusted by the families who want to pay $10 per hour and have you watch 3 kids, do their laundry, cook two meals a day, one lunch for the three kids and one dinner for the whole family, clean the entire house and use my car to drive the kids to special events and to and from school! I don't know what planet they were raised on but that is so selfish and stupid. Both parents were educated professionals and acted shocked when I told them to get real with the salary. So far I have not had any luck using Care.com for a job, everyone seems to want the moon and stars but not pay for the services requested. I hate to go back and work in an office but at least there I earn $25 to answer the phone, type a few letters and book a meeting or two.

Parents out there...give yourself a reality check, would YOU work for the lousy pay you are offering someone to watch your beloved children!!
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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Dalkys R.
To rapped it up, the lady can afford paying what i am worth according to my friend, her previous babysitter who was an au-pair, however i am a us citizen, with ss#,DL#,experience, good reference and job performance, and excellent background check. Never got a tickect or run into an accident, with CPR certificate, and Tutor experience. She wants me to help with her kids homework and is telling me that I should be incharge of the pets when the kids or one of the kids are not at home. In otherhand, my boyfriend told me that his friend earns like $900 or more then a $1000 per week, just for one kid. If that is the case, Emagine guys what and how much, I am loosing wth this lady. I am loosing my wages bcuz she is paying on the the table, intead of on the books. She doesn not pay taxes, so which mean she will not contribute to my social security,healf, retirement, and unemployment benefit. So this is not the only issue, guys, but now another one that I just found out. I just realized that I will deff get in trouble if I continue driving her kids in her car, do you know why guys? Take notes: because if something happen to her kids,God forbit, I will be even more responsable to pay chrages for some legal issues. So Please guys becareful, with this kind of deals. I will deff drop this from my service, and have discussed it to her and period. SHe is not paying me per kid, not even overtime, and we haven drawn a contract, which ill deff will from now on. Im waiting for what she will tell me this upcoming Monday. I hope to share what she said and think about my thoughts.
Posted: August 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM
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Dalkys R.
Think about the story and tell me if I am being fair with her charging the $400 and food, vacation and hollidays. And what she is offering me is staying at her house the entire day for me to take care of everyone, and a cell phone???
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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Dalkys R.
So I can not leave up like this with so many messes of poops and pees around the house. they have the messses becaus no one is willing to walk the messy dogs, so he everytime start barking and barking all night long, and I can not even sleep. I have only a month living in here, and I dont want to stay here anymore if things does not change and she stop being unfair with me. During this time, she has never collaborate or pick up or clean anything. We have a writen paper which she gave it to me saying that she will make sure the kids and her keep the house as I left it, clean and neat. So her and her kids just colect evrything for me for the next day, kind of or like on purpose. She expect from me dinner,taking her cloth to the laundry, cleaning the house including bathroom, foor, carpet, dishes etc... But I just dont understan, and belive she is just ripping me off which mean taking slowly advantage from my kindsness. The thing is that she is not helping me and herself at all. I already texted her yesterday that I was not getting pay much for all that, and also haven signned any paper stating that I am responsible for the dogs and that I just dont feel well anymore because everything is just getting out of control with the kids, her attitude acting like a death, blind, and ignorat. My salary is nothing comparable to my friends, and many nanies or baby sitters. And I never get my errands done, cuz the kids doesn want to get out of the house, so The agreement is that I can run mines after I run hers.
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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Dalkys R.
so to finish the story, I like the lady, now less. Cuz I just caught her just taking advantage from me bcuz her demaning about the dogs, which is obviously. Now, my friend, which was her previous baby sitter has been tired telling me that the lady has money to pay me more or what she used to earn. The lady used to pay her entired college semester of 4 clasess which was a total of $4000, plus $250 cash, a car,gas,oil, an iphone 4gs,food, heal ensurance,and vacation paid and holidays, etc and so on. So guys compare what I am making, obviously, that I am not the other babysitter, but I even performe a better job than the other baby sitter, do you know why, cuz my friend, the lady's previous babysitter admited. She says. I dont and did not clean like you, also I dont cook 3 times a day like you and leave the kictken as it was, clean and neat, I did not have the responsability of the dogs, and the other annimal". She said to me, " I only take care of the kids, feed them, do light housekeeping, and run her kids errands, like taking them to school, doctor and dentist appointment , and also food shooping. And guys, me in the contrary, I also been assigned to run the lady errands too.
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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Dalkys R.
THe lady responce was, "Oh am sorry, your deff right, you should not be responssible for the dogs and thir mess. So In regards to educting her kids,she seems to care, in a way that she make me couch her kids and make writen rules so that her kids should follow and chore/task that also need to be done by them. But the when they missbehave, she pretend to be seriuous in front of me, and "educate", I understand she try quiet be, for that a give her a c+, but when she comes home, instead of discussing what just happen during the day, and their conduct, she just priece them with gifts and stuff. I understand those are her kids, and the love of mother is unconparable.But it is just making to fall in a unconfortable zone, where I just want to do, so educating them is just not worth, and I seem in the eyes of her kids infront of her like the bad guy. Any one can comment about this. Please tell me what you think. Brfore I finish my store.
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM
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Dalkys R.
Hello, Guys. I am dealing with aweird and unconfortable situation. I really need all of you, your honest oppinion. Please feel free to comment, cuz I really need an answer ASAP. I am a nanny which i belive I am a employeee who stays at a lady's house almost the entire day, taking care for her disrespectful, disobedients, and extrematelly messy children. I am very clear and honest when it come the the true. I am sorry, for the one who might dont like to hear or hear my comment about my boss kids. I just dont ignore the true about them. Anyways, and I clearly understand they are kids, that's why they act like that or as they want. Thus, this matter, another nconvinient or problem that I am facing is my salary rate. I belive is just not fair what I am earning. I have been fair with this lady and would also would like her to be as well with me. Well the bad side of the story and the things is that she is keeping me in her house from 6am till 4:30pm-5:00, another day as she pleases roundunly 0r from 6:00am till 5:30pm,6:00pm,6:30,7;00pm,7:30pm,8:00pm, and even till 8:30pm. the thing is that she doesn seem she care about the time she is taking outside and seems not to care about, me dealing with her kids, taking care of them the entire day, when she is just paying me a week in cash $400, staying in her house till the next day, to start working for her. She also is demanding or ordering me to take care and be incharge of her 2 dogs, 2 fish, and 2 hampters. For example, yesterday, she wrote me on a board, "Hey, have the kids help you bath on of the dogs and clean his crate". And when I saw that I started to feel tht she is disrespecting me. And the crate of the dog and the house was just full of big poops all over everywhere, that I just did not know what to do, either leave, or stay. At that moment I took a breath and I decided to clean that mess,and texted her that I have never signed for this, and we never talk about walking, feeding, bathing,taking care of, and on top of all this things also clean up the mess. I also told her if a favor have been asked, I dont might to do it for her, specially bcuz that day and other days she was at work. Do you know guys what was her responce?
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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Britany F.
For the parents wanting to pay half the normal rate for overnight care, one question... Would you want the nanny to only do half her job if your child woke up choking?

Just a thought.
Posted: July 28, 2012 at 3:25 AM
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Tailor B.
How much should a live nanny be paid weekly? I'm getting paid $10 hrly but don't know what the hrly amount is for living in.
Posted: June 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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Amanda M.
Brenda H,
That is very fair. That is extremely kind compared to any offers I have received.
~sitter/nanny 4yrs~
Posted: June 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM
Marsha N.
I have a question I've been trying to figure out how much to pay my my cousin to babysit my 3 month old daughter here's the breakdown.
Monday - Friday 8am-4:45pm
In our house
She has access to everything there food drinks electricity water basically the house hers from 8-445
Her kids come whenever they want eat drink watch tv etc....
We got an extra car just for her to use to come to and from our house basically the car is hers as long as she is babysitting for us also she has the car 24/7 we pay insurance gas maintenance wash etc....
She sleeps the majority of the day basically when the baby sleeps she does too
So with all that were still stuck on how much we should pay her she has a number and we have one so if anyone can give us their 2 cents it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Posted: May 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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Brenda H.
I need to figure out if what I am offering is fair. I am offering a live-in nanny free rent, furniture, utilities, food, cell phone, and 1 round trip airfare anywhere in the world annually, plus $400 cash/mo to take care of the kids 1-3 nights per week while I work 6p-6a. She would finish feeding dinner, bathe and play and have them to bed by 8pm, then get them up and off to school in the morning. She can come and go as she pleases during the day and on her nights off. She will get several weeks of vacations per year with pay and all major holidays off, as well as sick days. I can also work my schedule around her needs. Is this fair?
Posted: May 20, 2012 at 2:45 AM
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Kelly W.
Just wondering what you think would be fair to offer in this case. I homeschool my children but am going to be getting a job where i wil be working at home. The children are going to be in fourth grade and K, next year. I need someone who can supervise the easy lessons, that i will have the kids do in the mornings, light housework, such as laundry, and dishes. The job will be Monday through Friday 8-12 and then a few times a month and one month out of the year, it will need to be 8-5.
Posted: May 07, 2012 at 3:02 AM
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Kailey C.
Patricia- That does help out alot. She gave me a call this weekend and said she went with another candidate. So I did not have to worry about the negotitaion side of it. I am worried for the girl that she did pick though because she is getting taken advantage of in my eyes.
Posted: May 01, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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Patricia W.
Kailey C.,
my 22-year-old daughter has been "babysitting" for a family since Sept. The mom works at home, so it's sort of a mother's helper position. The child is now almost 1 year. My daughter works 10a-3p M-F and earns $120/wk. That works out to $4.80/hr. and I think that is too low. Daughter doesn't have a significant amount of experience so an intangible gain is in a reference and experience for a future position. BTW - I'm a nanny, formerly licensed by our state for in-home child care, and I earn $10/hr.

If you haven't yet been offered or accepted this position, it's time for negotiation. If the offer was made and it's not possible for the mom to pay any more, then you have to consider what else you gain or how much you want to work for her. Hope this opinion helps. Good luck.
Posted: April 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM
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Kailey C.
Megan-Okay so I am correct in thinking that it is not nearly enough. The child would not be sleeping for any part of the time. I was just not sure how to approach the conversation if in fact she does want me to be her nanny.
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Megan H N.
Kailey C. as a mother of 4 I do not believe that pay rate is even appropriate if the child were sleeping the whole time and you were sitting overnight from 7pm to 5am.

What is everyone's opinion on what kind of pay rate to have for a live in nanny? If they do not have to worry about rent, utilities, food, etc. and I just need part time help with transportation (I would provide the car and gas) and meal prep, grocery shopping and maybe light housework, what would be a fair and appropriate rate? Basically I'm looking for help in these areas so I can spend more quality time with my family, but still need someone who can take good care of my kids when helping with transportation and watching them occasionally? I el
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM
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Kristel H.
Here is my input on the wages. What is minimum wage in your state? You should start with that.(my state is almost 9 an hour) I have had two wonderful nanny jobs the families paid me 10-11 an hour. They even supplied me with a vehicle to drive their kids to the library, YMCA, gymnastics and splash pads. I've even had to take them to eye therapy, Dr appointment and dentists appointments. I would work 9-11 hour days. It worked out wonderfully. I am also 26 married bought my own home and have many, many years of experience teaching kids from newborn-12 years old. I even have a aunt who is a foster mother ive helped with those children as well. If your not excited to be with their kids they are gonna see and feel that. So they will pay you what they feel YOU are worth. Also to the parents side this is your kids. You love them and don't want nothing to happen to them. Pay what you think your kids are worth. You pay 400 a month your gonna get a lazy no good nanny. Research your area.. and see what is best for you and the family.
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 3:28 AM
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Kailey C.
I need to find out how to kindly go about telling this mom that I do not think she is offering enough. Let me know if you disagree. She will pay $400 a month and I am working 5 days a week from 7-5 every day. So if i did the math correctly that would be $20 a day $2 an hour. I drive 30 mins just to get to her house and ther is no way I can live on that. Please let me know what you guys think.
Posted: April 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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Elyssa R.
I only ask for $5 an hour and that way families are not too stressed and I get just enough money to live.
Posted: April 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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Patricia K.
Peggy P.: I am a experienced nanny and mother. You have 3 children that you are leaving in someones care. They are under the age of 10 and need supervision, I don't care how self-sufficient. Expect to pay 10-15 dollars per hour. Make sure the nanny has CPR and First aid certification and doesn't panic when she has an emergency, like blood. They also need alot of experience with babies and children under the age of 10. Money is not the only thing you need to worry about. Nanny 12 years experience.
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Kathrin L
@ Sherry M: I work at the ER, per diem, so my hours are flexible. I have (and a lot of our pm shift people) set one hourly rate for when the kids are awake and a lower rate for while they're asleep. I totally get the whole paying someone (enough) to make them feel appreciated as they care for your CHILD, but when the kids are sleeping and the nanny can watch TV, be on the phone or computer.... So for example: our nanny works 2-midnight, kids go to bed no later than 8, I pay her $96 (and usually round it up). That's $11/hr while awake and $7/hr when they're sleeping. I don't ask for house work, just to pick up after their dinner for obvious reasons (and their toys as to not break my neck coming home in the middle of the night). I'm not someone's main source of income either, but this works for us. Main thing: be HONEST about what you can afford! Hope this helps!!!
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM
Angela G.
I am a nanny and a mom who uses sitters before and after school for my own two children. As a nanny I work very hard
To plan fun, educational and enjoyable days and activities for the children I take care of.
As a mother myself I believe that this is a very important job and there for
You should compensate your nanny as such. I consider myself a career nanny
As I have been doing this for close to twenty years now and I get paid as such.
In many other fields as you get more experience and put in the time your pay increases and if you switch jobs
You generally start a little higher than where you left off at your last position. In this field, nannies are often expected
To start a fresh with each new job. Please take into account your nannies experience, pay her for it. Her vacation time should
Also reflect her years of work, not just with you. If you treat her well she will treat your children well. I realize this is
An expensive undertaking but this person is helping you raise your child, what is that worth to you and
What value do you put on your self as a parent raising a child. We work hard and sacrifice a lot for a
Really good sitter because I know what happens when you do her wrong. I agree that doing right by your nanny doesn't always
Have to come in the form of cash. Gym, cell etc all help, plus letting her go when you come home even if you
Would still be paying her is another great benefit. Remember we don't have the option to say, I am having a terrible
Day today so I think I will leave a bit early etc. we also don't get an official lunch break so keep in mind when
Asking your nanny to do extra jobs while your children are sleeping that she deserves a bit of down time too.
Having a nanny can be a great thing for your family and if you treat her well she will or at least I know I do, bend over backwards
To make your life and the life of your children, easier and super fun.
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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Rosalie D.
I have been working with kids for well over 10 years inside a classroom as well as their homes. I am the type that rather be outside then inside and try to make learning experiences with everyday things. Whether asked or not I always keep the areas I am in tidy. I have great references and I am still in communication with several of the families I worked for. To be asked to care for 2 toddlers 8-10 hours a day 5days/week for $300 is a bit ridiculous (this is just one example of the offers). I understand everyone has financial struggles with the way things are today but these women/girls on this site are here to support themselves too. Even if you have someone coming for just a day doesn't mean you are not contributing to their salary. I saw someone here make a comment of only needing one day and said that it wouldn't be the sitters main source of income..how do you know that? Maybe they are in school and can only work that one day and rely on it solely...maybe they are working 2 other jobs and need that extra day with you to get threw the week? I think the families looking on here need to be more up front and don't post in your profile information that isn't accurate. Many times I have gone on interviews and the pay rate was not at all what was described in the profile or they would add on many other responsibilities without any compensation. This wastes our time as well as yours. Like I said I understand that some families are on a budget but then put what you can actually afford don't put $10-$15/hr but don't want to pay more than $10 and so forth. Don't put someone is needed for 2-4 days a week then only have them work 1-2 days for the most part. I am upfront and honest with the families I interview and/or work for and the same should be given in return.
Posted: April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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Ashley W.
I think having a rate per child depending on their age.the younger the more care the older less care less money. Family discount if another member comes in. Dutied would be a higher rate.
Posted: April 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Jamie V.
I like, seriosly need a babysitter! NOW! I have a 10 year old, a 5 year old, and a baby on the way.
Posted: April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM
Sherry M.
Hi! Very new to this, so please bear with me. I am an RN that works nights. I have 7 month old for whom I need childcare one night a week, maybe two - not likely, but may happen every once in a great while. I realize that I am NOT going to be someone's main source of income, but I am a single mom and money is tight. I want to be fair, but my son pretty much sleeps through the night. I don't need anyone to clean for me (I prefer to do the cleaning myself), and I like to feed him his dinner and bathe him before I leave for work - as a bonding time. So the only thing really involved in taking care of him is changing diapers, maybe a bottle - or two, bedtime stories, maybe some play time before bed around 9:00 pm (I am trying to move that bedtime up to help build a routine) and being there overnight. Have absolutely NO idea what would be fair and I do want to be fair.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Posted: April 10, 2012 at 3:33 AM
Arleigh R.
Faye B, $110.00 per week for 9 hours a day, 5 days per week seems a bit low to me. When I was dropping my son off to his first sitter, I paid her $8 per hour, 9 hours a day, 5 days a week - $360 per week.
Posted: April 09, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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Matthew L.
Hello Everyone: I've read all the comments on here and I just want to express some of my views on the subject of how much to pay. I'm here in New Mexico and I wanted to say that a lot of these people who are advertising for their nanny services are not worth what they are asking per hour. We have gone through 14 people and only 3 have been worth every penny that we paid them. The way I see it is: you have to ask them, what makes you worth $10 to $50 dollars an hour. I work for the Govt. and I don't even make that much. I have 2 special need kids that require full attention all day and there are medical bills to take care of. I barely have enough left over. I usually figure to pay them as much as I would on my car payment every 2 weeks. Don't know if this helps anyone.
Posted: April 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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Yana V.
Peggy P,

I think $540 weekly is a very reasonable amount. (But I guess a lot of it depends on where you live. I live in central KY).I know that might seem like a huge number off the bat, but you're asking someone to work all day for 5 days a week and do light housework on top of taking care of the baby. And I'm assuming you would probably want someone with some experience and at least college age.
Posted: April 06, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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Yana V.
Faye, I believe you are getting ripped off majorly. If I were you, I would be charging at the very least $8 per hour, which equals $360 a week, not including weekends. I currently babysit a 6-month old & I charge $10 per hour and thats only because the parents are good friends of mine.
Posted: April 06, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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Peggy P.
Hello! We are thinking of hiring a nanny for our 16mth old son. We also have two other child; boy (9 yrs) and daughter (11 yrs) who are in school until 3:30pm each day. They may need an hour of supervision a day. We are planning to have someone five days a week from 7:00am - 4PM. Any recommendations on a reasonable weekly salary? Duties include light house work and an occasional errand.

Thanks!
Posted: March 09, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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Nicole K.
Hey! i have a question for anyone. I am currently a nanny for twins (8 months), and i was asked about maybe doing a nanny share with another family. I would be adding a 3 month old. In which time the twins will be 13 months old. I live in northern VA/ Dc metro area. What do you think is reasonable pay for this?
Thanks!
Posted: March 06, 2012 at 7:35 PM
Faye B.
I am taking care of one 7 month old in my home. Have had him since he was 6 weeks old. I get 110.00 a week for avg. of 9 hrs daily. Is that about right, or what do most pay. If I were to get one more in my home, what should I charge?
Posted: March 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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Robin G.
Hi everyone the pay goes up when the duties go up.
Posted: March 04, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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Meegan A.
Heather B., I can't help you with the hourly rate; however, the latest IRS mileage reimbursement rate is $0.555 or 55.5 cents. So you would want to keep a log of all the miles driven while driving her around for her various needs. Then she would reimburse you 55.5 cents for every mile driven. Keep checking the IRS Website, because they have been updating/increasing this rate mainly due to the ever rising cost of gas. They sell these log books at any office supply store (e.g. Staples, Office Max, etc.). Best of luck to you!
Posted: February 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Heather B.
Hi,a woman just hired me to be her driver a couple days of week to run errands,Drs appointment,basically anywhere she needs to go.She lives approx15-20 min from me and some errands are a mile or 2 away as Im sure some are further.Does anyone know what the appropriate amount of money to charge?I want to charge per hr plus the cost of gas however,Ive never done this before and want to be fair.Any suggestions?I'd appreciate any input...thanks!
Posted: February 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM
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Theresa T.
I'm feeling overwhelmed with expenses. I'm not making enough to live on, and I read here where you suggest the family pay for the cell phone or a gym membership. How would I even begin to ask for my cell phone to be paid? That would really help me, and it would increase my weekly wage by $30.00. She texts me about 4 or 5 times a day (T W & Th only) and maybe I could justify this request? Can you provide a script? Ha ha....thank you! Theresa, Denver
Posted: February 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM
Kathleen R.
Hi, yes I think her regular wage should be paid and all expenses including air travel, food, lodging would be the responsibility of the employer.
Posted: February 15, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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Devin B.
You should pay for airfare, lodging, and meals (meals up to a point) and allow occasional time to him/her during the trip. I know of some who are willing to travel as nanny jsut to travel. Otheres expect their wages on top of the travel costs paid. It's up to you to negotiate.
Posted: February 15, 2012 at 1:41 AM
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Kristin M.
Parents, please realize that we have worked very hard on our educations and experience levels to give your children the best care possible. When you offer us a couple of hundred a week to work 40-60 hour, cook and clean, with no benefits, what are you saying about our importance. How about the importance of your child? Can you live off of $200 per week, without insurance?
Posted: February 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM
Michelle N.
We had our casual babysitter, who was a college student, travel with us to France for 2 weeks. She had never traveled, so she was very excited. We paid for her airfare and lodging, plus food etc.. and that was it! WE never stay in hotels, it is way to exxpensive with 2 children. We rent an apartment. THis way we have a kitchen and room to play, plus it makes us feel as though we are native. Emily had her own room and plenty of time to site see on her own and we included her in family outings etc.. This arrangement worked out perfectly for us.
Posted: February 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM
Haydee M.
Hi-
I have a question: If a nanny is hired to travel with a family to help care for a toddler and a newborn from the united states to south America what do you think is a fair pay, do you pay for service and trip expenses ?
Posted: February 08, 2012 at 2:04 AM
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