The Nanny Guide: Nanny Cost
Find out about pay rates for nannies.
Many factors come into play in determining the cost of a nanny. Check out this video from Care.com's senior managing editor Katie Bugbee to learn what you should take into account. And here is a breakdown of the typical factors that contribute to the pay variability:
- Type of nanny: Do you require live-in or live-out nanny? Full-time, part-time or summer only? Live-out nannies are paid more than live-in nannies because they don't receive room and board (learn more about what to pay live-in nannies). Part-time nannies typically receive higher hourly wages than full-time nannies, given that there are less perks and job security.
- Additional responsibilities: Variables such as housekeeping, weekends, evenings, overnight care and traveling with family during vacation add to the expense.
- Transportation: Nannies who are expected to use their own car for the job will need to be compensated accordingly for mileage reimbursement. Check out these tips on how to reimburse nannies for gas and mileage.
- Experience: Age, years of experience and formal relevant academic coursework/training add to the cost. College nannies can be a great resource and often have flexible schedules, and if you hire a nursing or education major, coursework related to child care.
- Number of children being care for: The more kids being cared for, the higher the cost.
- Geographic area: Higher cost of living areas = higher wages. For example, Chicago nannies may have a different pay rate than New York nannies or San Antonio nannies.
- Included benefits: Full-time nannies typically receive paid time off, health insurance (partial or full) and federal holidays off. Also consider factoring in sick days and a routine dental cleaning and/or eye exam.
- Additional incentives: You may wish to present additional incentives for excellent performance, such as an end of the year bonus, yearly raises, reimbursement for training (e.g., childhood education classes, CPR training), a gym membership, etc.
According to Care.com data, in 2016, full-time nannies (40 hours/week) caring for one to two children received:
- $13.63/hour if they worked in a family's home -- which calculated to about $545/week and about $28,354/year.
- $4.61/hour if they worked in a child care center -- which calculated to about $184.40/week and about $9,589/year.
The data also show that a nanny's education level had a significant impact on her rates. Specifically, the more education a nanny had, the more money she made.
Here's how much families paid for full-time nannies with a:
- High School Degree: $14.72/hour -- which calculated to about $589/week and about $30,622/year.
- Some College: $15.39/hour -- which calculated to about $616/week and about $32,012/year.
- College Degree: $16.25/hour -- which calculated to about $650/week and about $33,800/year.
- Graduate Degree: $16.56/hour -- which calculated to about $663/week and about $34,450/year.
* Note that nannies are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Their salaries must meet minimum wage (although you likely won't find a top-notch nanny willing to work for minimum wage), and live-out nannies are entitled to overtime (time and a half) for work above 40 hours per week. Check your state guidelines to determine whether live-in nannies qualify for overtime above 40 hours per week.
In 2016, part-time nannies (10 hours/week) were paid an average rate of $14.69/hour -- which calculated to about $147/week and about $7,638/year.
That being said, families paid a pretty wide range of rates for part-time nannies:
- Lower Pay Range: $10.83/hour -- which calculated to about $108/week and about $5,629/year.
- Upper Pay Range: $18.55/hour -- which calculated to about $185/week and about $9,646/year.
Ultimately, you need to remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to child care. As you prioritize and tally your nanny requirements and associated costs, the price tag may seem exorbitant, but remember that you are hiring someone to nurture your children and they deserve to be compensated accordingly for this important work. As you work the numbers, detail the responsibilities expected, compensation, benefits, tax parameters, and take-home amount so you are prepared for the financial conversation to come.
Want to learn the going rate for nannies in your area? Check out our pay rate calculator for families. If you're a nanny, try this calculator just for you!
Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned parent and writer about parenting issues for Care.com. She is also the editor of BostonMamas.com.
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