The Nanny Guide: Nanny Cost

Find out about pay rates for nannies.

Factors Contributing to Cost

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.
Cost Estimates

According to various web sources, in 2006, full-time nannies (45-50 hours/week) caring for one to two children received:

  • $325-$450 live-in; $8-12/hour live-out -- for a nanny who is 18-20 years old or has less than two years verifiable child care experience. Remember, cost will vary widely depending upon your location.
  • $450-$600 live-in; $10-15/hour live-out -- for a nanny who is 21 years or older, has two or more years verifiable child care experience, or has no prior experience but has a college education.
  • $450-800 live-in; $10-20/hour live-out (higher in major metro markets) -- for a nanny with two + years of experience and/or a college degree in a child-related field.

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!

* 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.

For part-time nannies, hourly nanny rates start around $12 per hour and can run as high as $20-25 per hour in affluent areas, particularly those without public transportation.

You get what you pay for. 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.

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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Comments (179)
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Nkrumah G.
This is my first time looking for a nanny. I would need a live out nanny for my 29 month old son who is fully potty trained and my 9 month old daughter. I would have all meals prepared for the children the nanny would just have to warm the meals up. I would only require that the nanny feed, bath, and pick up toys once the children are sleeping at night. I am looking to pay $130-150/per week for 16hours of work. Is that a good paying rate?
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Liza N.
I'm a nanny for two infants (cousins, a nanny share situation). I am getting paid $450 for working 34 hours a week, 4 days a week. I calculated it down to a little over $6 per hour per family. My last few families have paid me $15 per hour. I am very experienced and have been a nanny for over 8 years. When I interviewed with this family, who I know for a fact have money, they told me the other ladies they interviewed were asking for $800 plus per week and they were only offering $450 and I jumped at it because I was out of a job for over 3 months and I'm a single mother. I can not pay my bills with this pay. We get along very well, I love the babies and the adults and they all love me too. I just don't know how to go about talking to them that after 6 months, I can not work for them for only $450 anymore.
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM
Kim A.
I am seeking advise on what I should provide my part-time Nanny. She works 19.5 hrs a week. Two hrs in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. She watches my two children (ages 7 & 11). Her responsibilities include making breakfast (cleaning up afterwards), taking/icking up at the bus stop, taking to after school actitivites (Tues/Thurs...she drops off/we pick up). She makes after school snacks but does not cook dinner (unless I have made something the night prior and she warms it up and serves to the children. She does not clean my house or do any additional errands.

She gets paid $16.50 an hour, gets 5 paid vacation days, 3 paid sick days, and 5 paid federal holidays. Also if I take the day off work, she does not come in but still gets paid.

Here is my problem. Prior to hiring her, I informed her, she would not work during the 2 week christmas break and she would not get paid the first week but would get 1/2 her hourly wage for the second week. She would also not work during Spring break and would not ghet paid.

We recently appended our contract where I also added school administrative holidays...there are 7 remaining. She would not come to work...I would pay for 4 of the 7 days. She would not get paid for the remaining 3.

Based on current contracts...is this fair?

Thanks
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM
Tlabuda
I am a live out nanny. I watch 5 kids under the age of 12 for 10 hours 5 days per week. 4 of the 5 are in school for 7 hours. The 5th child is 4 and I am helping him with early childhood development. I make lunches, snacks and help start dinner if asked. I pick up the children in my car. But I am not compensated for driving. I also bring my 1 year old with me which I don't mind he enjoys the 4 year old. They have 2 dogs one is a puppy and the other a Yorkshire terrier. I help with homework and get them ready for school. I get paid 325.00 per week. Am I being robbed I can barely pay for gas now. I live in Alaska.
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Jeremy
I pay my nanny 54,000 per year that is gross. She works 4 days/week 12 hrs per day. I am having another kid soon. I believe she is very well paid for a nanny in the PA area. I don't think she needs a raise for another child. She also gets all holidays and vacations paid when we are on vacation.
Posted: October 04, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Ashley M.
I am a 26 year old nanny with 10+ years in child care. I am also a college student. I work 42-50 hours a week, I teach the children basic ABC,s numbers, colors, animals, manners, pronunciation, and math. I cook 2 meals a day, plus snacks. I wash their clothes, clean rooms and play areas. Take children to and from school and activities. Do dishes, clean and sweep under table and highchair. Make baby food, and bottles. Bathe and put to bed for naps. Play indoor and outdoor with them. Shop for diapers and their toiletries. Put together and install car seats, playpens... Anything child related. I get paid $20 an hour, with time and a half for hours over 40. No health benefits. I get reimbursed for gas, 56 per mile. It normally amounts to about $4000 a month, maybe a little more. I also watch 3 children, but, I charge the same for one. I know the quality care I give and I have my set standards. Know what you are worth.
Posted: October 02, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Orange dude
Ok,,

I lost my wife and have kids so I hired a nanny, she comes in from 8-4 M-F she cares for the children, cooks, cleans the home, does laundry, etc. I pay her $800.00 a week and I bought a Mercedes GL for her to drive the kids around in (I saw someone complained about driving one) she seems happy with the job. I hired her from this website.
Posted: October 02, 2014 at 8:23 AM
molly
Hi, I'm looking to hire a Nanny. Live-out. I have 3 kids. I would only ask that they keep the house tidy and prepare meals for the children. The only transportation would be the occasional field trip. I would not ask for things like laundry or dishes. I can do that myself. Is 250/week fair? What should I charge for this? I've never had a Nanny before. Thank you.
Posted: October 01, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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Kacey S.
I am a 25 year old nanny who works in Brooklyn Park MN taking care of a 19 month old boy. I have 10+ years of experience. I am responsible for doing his laundry, and two meals a day. I take him different places during the week for some fun. I work 7:45-4:30 M-F and I get payed $400 a week. Soon they are having a baby and I will be responsive for the infant as well and pay will go up to $475 a week with the same hours. I will be doing both the boys laundry, two meals for the toddler and however many the baby will need plus washing bottles. I also empty the dishwasher and clean toys when needed. I'm just not sure what the going rate is. Please help!
Posted: September 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM
Brandi Z.
Hi, A family wishes me to come and be a nanny for their family. They want me to be available from 3pm - 9pm. M-F, then 7-5 pm Sat & Sun. I will be cleaning the house, fixing dinners, doing laundry, helping with homework, making sure children have their baths and have brushed their teeth. The age of the children in the home is 9,10, and 12. They are providing a place in their home for me, I'll have my own room and my own bathroom. The children are in the process of being adopted by them. They have offered to pay me $350 per month, but I am thinking this is low, when one taxes into account taxes. I've tried looking online, but not having much luck. So I'm wondering, what should I be asking for? Thanks
Posted: September 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM
Member Care Representative
Hey Vacation Nanny, thanks for the comment! I found an article that provides wonderful advice whenever you plan on accompanying a family on their vacation. I hope it proves helpful!

https://www.care.com/a/are-you-traveling-with-a-family-on-vacation-1406191318
Posted: September 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Reese
The bottom line is that people want quality care for their families but don't want to pay quality money for the type of quality service they would receive!
Posted: September 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Liza N.
Hi. I am a 39 year old who has been a nanny for over 8 years now. I am also a mom myself to two teenagers. I feel with my current family I am under paid, however I new what the pay was when I took the job and at the time (4 months ago) it seemed like a lot because I was out of a job at the time. The job is in my area, Voorhees,NJ (very wealthy area) and I care of two infants, 6 and 7 months for 4 months now. They are cousins. My pay is $450 a week. Each family pays $225. I work 4 days a week, 8 1/2 hours a day. I do not get paid when they take vacations. I have been paid in the past when other families took vacations because they understood the was income I count on. This family is very nice and we all get along but I am afraid to ask for a raise. When I interviewed with them, they actually told me they had 2 other women that interviewed that were asking for $800-$1000 per week! I thought that was crazy and way too much. I would be happy with another $75 each per family per week which would bring my weekly pay up to $600. The job is getting harder because the babies are more mobile now. Caring for two infants is not an easy job. Any suggestions?? Thanks.
Posted: September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Amanda E.
I need some advice please. I am 29 and a stay at home mom with my 2 year old son. I just started nannying at my home for a teacher at my daughters school so I watch the 3 month old 42.5 hours a week and only get paid $150 a week which breaks down to $30 a day or $3.50 an hour. Her husband works where my husband does so I know he makes good money but This is extremely low even considering that I'm home with my son while she is here or does this seem to be appropriate? I've had years and years of experience with children of all ages and have never been paid this low of an amount before and it's starting to bother me. She is currently on a wait list for a daycare and I know finances are tight but so aren't mine. I'm trying to see if others think this is in anyway reasonable to help me deal with it better or do I have a legit reason to feel a little ripped off. Any thoughts? Thank you!
Posted: September 09, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Mrs. T
Emily, You need to figure out how much it costs to drive your vehicle per mile on one of the many online trip planner sites. I like the website entitled
www.city-data.com/gas/gas.php It can calculate your specific vehicle type and the local area's gas prices. Once, you know how much it costs to drive your car per mile, then, you can tell your employer how much they need to reimburse you if you are to use your own vehicle to do any driving on the job. If they refuse, then tell them you will be happy to drive their vehicle and use their gas. In the future, you should insist on this before you do any driving. Remember, if they refuse to pay you reimbursement for your gas remind them that it's not just the amount of the gas but, it's also the wear and tear on your vehicle when you use your own vehicle and that they are not paying for that! You have to stand up for your rights or a lot of people will take advantage of you. Remember, if they won't pay for your gas, their are a lot of other families out there that are looking for a trustworthy nanny and are willing to pay a fair price for your services! And next time, make a list of what you expect for your services and ask for them up front when you are being hired. Also, think about getting the employer to sign a contract that spells out what is expected from you and from them. Good luck, Mrs. T
Posted: August 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM
Vacation nanny
I am 25 years old and have been babysitting for 8 years and nannying for 7. I was wondering what I should charge to nanny on vacation. I will be watching 6 children (one is a baby). They will drive me however it's 4 days and there are no set hours... Just whenever I am needed so 24 hours? Any assistance is greatly appreciated :)
Posted: August 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Nanny
What should my pay/ hour be? I am 50 years old with 2 adult children. I am a retired teacher after 15 years and nannying for 21 yrs. I currently nanny 3 children a newborn, 2 and 5 yr old who need transportation to school for 16 to 20 hrs/ week. What should my pay/hr be?
Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Midge
I am a single mother with two girls aged 7 and 8. I am about to head in to my final year of university and I am looking for part time work to fit around my course and children. As I am about to move back in to my own home with my kids I am looking for a part time, live-out nanny to help me out. Mainly week day evenings to help with school pick ups and the children's dinners and such until I am home from uni or work and there will be occasional Saturday's due to my nature work placements and such. I am trying to find out how much I should be expecting to pay a nanny if I go down this route to see if this is a viable option for me and was wondering if any one here to help clear this up for me.

Also I had no idea some nannies are expected to be cleaners as well, this seems a little overkill to me
Posted: August 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM
Erin
Here to Allie S - As a nurse and a nanny you should be getting a lot more then that. Your may be young but your experience sound significant. For example: I have babysat since I was 14. I began Nannying while in nursing school and my first job was 10.00 per hour for a full day with a 6 month old. She is now 2 and requires a lot more interaction/entertainment/ and work. I can only imagine what she will be at 5 or 6. So in one day I get about 120.00. She is currently gaining another sibling and they are looking to up my pay. I am not sure how much I will wait till they offer, but you need to either be real with them about your expenses and the time you put into their daughters or begin looking for another job that values you. I say as a nurse because those disorders can leave you at risk if anything happens. Please make sure you are well educated on those disorders and medication and emergency care if needed!
Posted: August 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM
Pattie J.
I have read the majority of the posts and am just shaking my head in dis-belief. It seems that most all are being under paid for their services. Maybe if we all began to stand our ground and come together demanding higher pay, it may have an impact. But when you have some who are desperate for a job/income, and any amount is better than none, they will take the position. And then it sets the bar lower.

I'm 51yrs old. Years and years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Not to mention raising 4 children pretty much on my own since they were 11yrs old (all are 18+ now). And I am just amazed at what some families are offering as a wage to care for their children.

Perfect example. One woman placed an ad to care for her 6 month old 5 days a week from 6:30am-7:00p. And placed in the ad that she was willing to pay $130 a week! Say WHAT????!!!! I did the math. I am sure you can too. Bottom line was an average of 57 1/2hrs a week at a rate of $2.20 an hour!!!! Do families not realize that we have financial responsibilities as well?

Do they not go off to work each day so that they can keep the roofs over their heads, food on the table, clothes on their backs...etc.?? And yet, they want to pay $8 an hour?? I just don't get. I just can't rap my brain around it.

These are their precious children that we are placing in our care. Something needs to change. A boycott. LOL A walk out! LOL I don't know. But what I do know is that if these families continue to find Nannies who are willing to work for next to nothing - then the bar that has been set will not change! And it is not fair.

Sorry for the vent....
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 9:59 AM
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Allie S.
Okay, I need some advice!
I am only 19, but have been babysitting since I was 12 and nannying full time since 17. I am CPR and first aid trained. I nanny full time for 2 girls. They are ages 5 and 6. One has scoliosis and requires some extra care, and one has a rare tumor disorder which requires extreme extra attention. I also commute 30 minutes each way with no compensation. I receive 200 per week, no overtime pay, no insurance etc. I literally cannot live off this pay rate, since my rent is more than half of my pay! I don't know what to do, or how much to ask for. I am also nervous that if anything happens to the girl with the tumor disability on my watch, I will get sued.
Posted: July 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM
Emily R.
So I need some honest help, I get paid 12.50 an hour with my hours being between 30-40 a week. No paid holidays and no overtime allowed. I take care of a 4 year old and 2 year old as well as: (everyday)
Dishes
Laundry
Make beds
Change sheets
Put clothes away
Go grocery shopping
Make lunch
Cook a 3 cours dinner
Pick up after the kids and parents
Clean the bathrooms
Restock the house with tp, Kleenex, paper towels
Sweep up the upstairs and main floor carpet, yes sweep they don't own a vacuum
Wash the counters
Pick up the yard
Take out the trash
Take the kids to outtings
Take care of their finances
Take kids to doctors

I just drove over 100 miles and they gave me 9 bucks.
I really feel like I deserve more pay.
They have been starting to nit pick and say I don't do anythjg if I simply forgot to make a salad. I'm really getting stressed out. I've been nannying for 8 years now.

Please help!!!!!!
Posted: July 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM
Jacqueline danielle
I am a nanny for a 2 year old with a brain injury, I am live in and do therapy exercises to help his mind and body develop all day long, house keeping give medications and I am only paid 700$ PERSON MONTH. WHAT DO I DO? I am a college student and commute, extremely underpaid help me !
Posted: July 02, 2014 at 4:10 PM
Sara
HI, while I adore the family I work for I am concerned about a few things. I care for 2 boys, ages 5 & 9. I have over 20 years experience in being a nanny with ages from newborn to 13. When I was hired I thought we had agreed that my vacations would be paid if I took it when they did. Now I found that I am expected to put in extra hours to make up for the time I am not working while THEY are gone. I work about 25 hours a week, driving the boys to school, lessons, etc, and am not reimbursed for gas. She just left her job and is taking a 40 percent decrease in pay and now expects me to do all of the housework for no extra pay, because she is letting the house cleaners go. If I refuse, I will get a decrease in pay (I make 300 a week which I believe is below what my experience should bring, especially considering the cost of gas). I feel as if I were given an ultimatum and I don't like it. I don't mind helping out but she seems impossible to please when it comes to the cleaning and has made unkind remarks about how something doesn't look good. I had pointed out that I didn't realize that I was suppose to be cleaning. I have been with them for 9 months now, and while I said I didn't mind being at the low end of the pay scale, I was assuming that it was a starting point, not a permanent wage.

The work I have done with the boys has been exemplary, the youngest is already reading, and the boys are on a strict schedule for their schoolwork. Since I am doing this while the boys are home, I do not have the ability to clean so will now have to go in during what would normally be my down time.

Also, is it too much to ask for a gas allowance as well as a petty cash fund? They do not live where there is public transportation. I do a great deal of the marketing for them and use my own money and am reimbursed later (sometimes over a week later) and I simply don't have the extra funds to continue doing this.

I would have brought this up to them sooner, but she just hit me with the whole house cleaning thing the day they left on vacation, and I want to make sure of my facts and what others think about this situation.
Posted: June 29, 2014 at 2:47 AM
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Katelyn S.
I am a live out nanny. I watch three children and I am only making 275$ a week for 45-50 hours. I keep trying to set up an appointment to speak to the parents. I feel like I am being taken advantage of. I keep trying to show the parents that I am not even able to live off of such wages, especially being a college student, but they never give me the time of day and I do not want to quit. How do I ask for a raise when I had just started?? It is more work than I thought with these kids.
Posted: June 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM
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Heather B.
Ask for a raise. $15 an hour for All that work. You Ade getting hosed big time! If they don't ablidge go look for a new family to work for!
Posted: June 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Makenna W.
I babysit two girls; do all the dishes from the night before and the morning of the family, sweep off porches, feed the farm (20+ animals), make meals, do laundry (of parents and kids), take out garbage and recycle, clean the cat box, and pick up the house. I get paid 10 an hour and work part time. I have worked for this family for 3 years and love the kids to death, but I feel like I am being ripped off and wanted to get a second opinion?
Posted: June 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM
Lynn Guss
Yes Steph, you are being ripped off, 3 triplets is very stressful, and only paying $10 an hour is ridiculous. How many hours a week do you work?
Posted: June 09, 2014 at 12:58 AM
steph
I am currently nanny for 1 year old triplets and making 10 dollars an hour. Ann I being ripped off? I also do dishes exct
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Marie
I'm a full time working mom who can't stand to be away from my two year old any longer. I would like to nanny another child along with my own. My daughter is my child care experience, although I am CPR/First Aid certified. How much can I charge? Is $8-9 an hour unreasonable? Thank you for you advice.
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 4:59 PM
Ashley
I have been a nanny for a family with two kids for the past three years. Recently the parents went out of town and expected me to watch theirs kids and two of their friends for the weekend. I normally get paid ten dollars an hour but if I am watching two extra kids I feel I should get paid more. How do I bring this up and how much should I ask for?
Posted: May 26, 2014 at 5:06 AM
Care.com Member Care
Hello Katie, I'm a Member Care Representative from Care.com, we understand the difficulties when looking for the right pay and the appropriate time to ask for a raise. I would recommend checking out the link below for the average rates of babysitters in you area:

http://www.care.com/babysitting-rates

Additionally, here is an article for tips on how to ask for a raise:

http://www.care.com/child-care-how-to-ask-for-a-raise-p1017-q39527419.html

I hope these links prove helpful and best wishes to you!
Posted: May 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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Joanna Janine M.
Great Blog!
I'm Janine, I just migrated here in United States about 2 months ago. I'm a licensed nurse in my country. While I'm studying to get certificates here in U.S., I'm planning to be a part time Nanny or caregiver. I don't have any paid experience in childcare but I did study pediatric nursing as part of the nursing curriculum. I'm residing in Las Vegas. I'm just curious on what will be the reasonable hourly rate that I should have? Thanks :D
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM
Katie
I am going to be nannying this summer and currently when I babysit for this family they pay me $5 an hour (sometimes less) it's hard because the mother is recently divorced and doesn't make much money at her job. Despite this, I still need to consider how I should be making more than $5 an hour because I am sixteen, I drive, and I get paid $10 by another family. I'm looking for advice as to how to ask for a pay raise and what I should ask her to pay me (it's for two kids 7 and 10)
Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Amanda Jackson
Hello there,
I am a 20 old live in nanny in CA. I nanny for my sister and brother in law. They have a 5 month old baby and only pay me $200 every 2weeks. I buy my own food and other essentials. How much should they be paying me and also how much should they be charhing me for rent or do they not charge me for rent?
Posted: April 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM
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Ashley M.
How much should I charge a family to watch their newborn baby and their two year old, whose not developmentally ready. I usually charge $15.hr for one child. For two kids being that young I feel like its a lot more work, diaper changes for both, feedings, laundry, clean up, drop off at daycare. I have tons of experience with children, have a degree in childhood education and am CPR/first aid certified. Do you like $30/ hr sounds fair, or is too high?
Posted: April 07, 2014 at 3:52 PM
Divina
Hello! I'm a Nannie for a 2 year old and 8 month old. I take them to daycare everyday day, I work 3 hr a day. I help with kids, dishes, kids clothes,arrange toys and help with laundry. I get paid $14hr. For Easter weekend parents are going to Vegas from Thursday-Sunday. I need help to know how much I should charge them.? I will be taking care of the kids in my house. I will be picking them up Thursday afternoon from day care and Friday they will be staying home with me since day care is closed due to good friday. Is there a site I can go to check how much I need to charge them?
Posted: April 01, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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Stephanie B.
Hi Teresa,

My name is Stephanie Breedlove and I'm the VP of Care.com HomePay. The way the employment laws are written for nannies, you would be considered an employee of the family you work for, not an independent contractor. The family will need to go through the process of withholding Social Security, Medicare and income taxes from your pay each pay period.
Posted: March 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Teresa
I am leaving a career in the medical field to pursue a job in childcare. I was a nanny for 7 years around 20 years ago. I see that benefits are the norm-but, does the employer pay you as an employee or contractor? I would like all taxes to be taken out-or is this reasonable?
Posted: March 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM
LisaRose
If you NEED a NANNY, and you can't afford to pay a Nanny, DON'T HAVE KIDS.
Posted: March 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Care.com Member Care
Hi jbella! Thanks for the comment! Check out our nanny calculators for information on the average rates in your area - this will definitely be a great starting point! http://www.care.com/nanny-pay I hope this helps!
Posted: March 05, 2014 at 2:04 PM
CARMEN
I went for an interview and i was suppose to be a live inn nanny , from 6 to 7 pm 3 times per week they want to go out for dinner, if the baby wake up in the middle of the night it will be my responsibility. Do errands, Do laundry, Do light housekeeping .
They wanted to pay $400 are you kidding me? and they brag about that they have 4 houses, the nanny car is a Mercedes they go on vacation many times per year and only want to pay 400? really and i asked 600 they got scared and said that was too high....
By the way I have a degree in education I speak 2 languages and have 10 years of experience.
What do you think?
Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:55 AM
jbella
okay, I am a 19 year old, responsible, college student. I am currently a psychology major and sociology minor. This summer my neighbors have requested to hire me as their nanny for their 2-year-old son. Our families are close personal friends and I spend as much time as possible with them. I am very excited to work for them this summer. I have a surplus of experience being a sitter/nanny/and even an au pair.
Time for the question. The mother has asked how much I would like to make per week. I do not want to ask too much because we do have such a strong relationship. How should I respond to them?
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM
Amanda
So in my situation,I met the family through a daycare that I worked at and their children went there. I've been with the youngest since she was 6 weeks old and their oldest I've only been with on occasion. The parents have asked me to be their live-out nanny. They would provide a car, they would provide food, they would provide everything. What I would have to do would be to do light pickup around the house, do the family's laundry, cook the family's dinner, and take their oldest to her lessons. They are really flexible, and they would pay me two weeks vacation. My question is how much should I charge them? I have five years experience working with children, I have an associates degree in social science, focusing on child psychology. What is a reasonable amount to ask for?
Posted: February 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM
Angie
What should I pay a nanny in my case? I'm a single parent with one boy who is 5, no special needs. I might get a job that'll require me to travel 25% of the time which translates to about one week every month. My son would be in daycare or in school all day, except weekends, so during the week, the nanny would take him to school or daycare, pick him up, take him to my house, feed him, help with homework, put him to bed, etc. The nanny doesn't have to be in my house when my son is in school or daycare but of course she's who the school would call if there's an emergency. How do I factor this into her pay?
Posted: February 08, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Member Care
Hi Amanda O.,
We recommend checking out our babysitter calculator here: http://www.care.com/babysitting-rates to find out what the average rate in your area is. This is definitely a great starting point!
Best of luck!
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 1:49 PM
nannymistake
I was asked to move in by my sister who had her first baby. She is now ready to get back to work and my biggest issue is her husband. She can't to pay too much because she basically pays for every thing I need like personals and such. I at least get 50 every two weeks but I am here all day long. No other job no car nothing. I am 20 and ready to begin my own life in school and on my own but helping her means a lot. Another issue is her husband. He has been out of work for almost about a year and he takes my nanny job away. When he can be work searching I could be handling the baby. Also I discussed to her that being with him at home can be a nanny issue. But it's not working. There even thinking about another child. I love children and I'd do anything for her but I'm just concerned. There is no progress. Should I stay or no. I'm just new to this!
Posted: February 03, 2014 at 1:47 AM
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Emily G.
Emily C..

I would suggest getting a life yourself! I have a real job! My BA in Child Development! I have extended my study's further to get a BS in Pediatric Occupational Studies. I'm still loving being a high paid nanny, as I deserve. Maybe you should get a life?
Posted: February 01, 2014 at 4:13 AM
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Amanda O.
Hello,
I am 21 years old and I am in nursing school at the university of Arizona. I was a full time summer(2013) nanny for a family with a five year old girl and a two year old by. They paid me $10 an hour and they did not take taxes out. I live 20 miles from their house and I worked 40 hours Monday-Thursday. My employer asked if I could be their nanny again this summer. I would like to get paid a little more this summer. How much is a reasonable amount to ask for hourly? Thank you!
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM
Emmy
This is a good article that covers the basics. It is a good primer on what to take into account when considering what to pay a nanny. However, I do want to caution some potential job applicants and urge them to have realistic pay expectations based on their years of experience, technical skills and geographical location. After all, pay is relative to location and what the going rate is in that area. I think this is something not taken into account by the majority of the posters on this website, which has a national reach.(I think the 2006 rates/figures cited in the article actually do a disservice because it is not tailored to specific communities. It actually creates false expectations.)

I recently posted a help wanted ad on care.com and wanted to share my experience as an employer. First of all, I do believe in good compensation for a well-qualified individual, and judging from the responses we received (43 and counting), we are offering a fair salary ($10-$20), for our three children, in our middle sized community in Northern
CA. (I know some of the posters balk at paying someone $10/hr. but realistically one can't demand Beverly Hills or NYC prices in Fresno, CA, for instance.) The going hourly rate for a full-time nanny in our area per our requirements (9+ years experience) according to the care.com calculator is $12.50 an hour. This calculator is very helpful because it is geared to zip codes and will state what the going rate is in an area.

We received applications from candidates with between 0-10 years of experience asking for an hourly salary of anywhere from $10-$20, with most asking $15+ an hour, for 5 or less years of experience. Most of these candidates have already priced themselves way out of our market. As a point of reference, our neighborhood Montessori school charges $700 per child and this includes 2 hours of Spanish immersion daily, organized arts and crafts, excursions to the zoo, park, etc, and a teacher ratio of 1-4. (We are on a waitlist. I placed my children on their list after they were born.)

Our top candidate's asking rate was $20/hr. non-negotiable. I am not sure how she arrived at this figure but it was entirely unrealistic (again for our area and her years of experience) and completely threw her out of the running. It also left a bad taste in our mouth, so that in the end when she wanted to negotiate for a lower rate, I couldn't imagine she would be happy long term and needless to say, the job went to another candidate whose expectations were much more realistic. She asked for pay in the $10-$12/hr range. No, that's not what we offered. We offered her significantly more than the going rate in our area because we think she is worth it, because she has a degree in a child-related field, because she was eager, honest, open and did not seem all about the money.

So my advice is: (1) yes, demand a fair, living wage, but (2) be realistic about your expectations; it must be based on reality.
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM
fast
I'm trying to figure out what's a good hourly rate to pay. We currently have an Aupair, but that is turning into more of a hassle than we wanted. So, now we are looking at a live-out nanny. We currently have 5 kids (6, 6, 5, 2, 1). The 6, 6, and 5, go to school full time, but the nanny would be required to monitor them to get dress, have them eat breakfast, and walk them to the school bus (less than a block from the house); as well as pick them up from the school bus, and watch them for around 45m until we get home. The 1 and 2 year old require full time watch. We don't require much for the 1 and 2 year old besides preparing breakfast and lunch, and ensuring the play room for the 1 and 2 year old is clean. No laundry, no dishes (it would be nice to at least load the dishwasher with the dirty dishes from lunch), very minimal cleaning (just pick up after the kids).
M-F, 7:15am - 4:30pm.
What would you recommend a good hourly rate would be?
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM
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Rita De Cassia D.
Hi, I am mother of two children 6 and 10 years old. I have two years experience working as a nanny, first with newborn twins age 5 days old to 10 month, and triplets premature with especial need age 3 month to 1 year. Now I am looking for new position, with my experience how much I can charge for 1 baby?

Thank you
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Poornima S.
I am a work from home mom trying to hire a nanny M-F 8-3 for a 2 year old girl. I found a recent high school graduate and she wants to be paid under the table. She doesn't have a lot of nanny experience( May be some part time).. When I asked if she was a smoker, she said she was but quit 1 month ago. She doesn't have a reliable car but promised she would get hers ready in 2-3 weeks. Currently using her grandmother's old car which I don't feel is safe for my daughter to travel. Since I am working from home, I prepare my daughters meals and my nanny has to just take care of my daughter and feed her , play with her etc. I have asked her to fold my daughter's laundry and load and unload dishwasher if time permits. I have even driven her and my daughter to library as she doesn't have a good car. With all this in mind, how much do you think is a reasonable pay for her? We live in Fort Collins, CO area and care.com rate is around $8.50 per her ( on the table pay.. So I can claim tax benefits and such which is a lot of money). I give pay during national holidays and she gets at least 1 or 2 breaks from my daughter (around 15mins) when I come down to spend time with my daughter also in the morning as my daughter would be sleeping when she comes in....I need some feedback from both sides as what is a reasonable pay in this situation? Thanks.
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM
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Naomi K.
Here's just the facts of my job as a nanny for reference. I work part time as a nanny. I work at least 3 days a week but have to be available the other 2. We signed a contract and agreed I would be paid $400 with part on the books so I clear $360. An average day for me is 10-12 hours that I'm there, so if I work 33 hours it would be about 12 an hour. I started doing all her cleaning and most of the housekeeping (I do all the laundry and ironing, occasionally cook if they'll both be home, and have the house tidy when they get home) so I get an extra $55 cash every week now. But it has ended up being that I've had only 2-4 weeks in the past 6 months since I started that I only worked 3 days. I often work 40 hours a week on average, and so with the money I bring home I'm making 10 per hour. It's my first nanny job but I have had so much experience with children (I have tons of siblings and nieces and nephews and kids from church) and I have been married for 4 years so I have experience taking care of a house. I watch a 2 and 4 year old and the family is wonderful and they have been thrilled with me. I often get stressed because I would like to bring home more with the bills I have and I would also like to quite my part time retail job but I just don't make enough with her to be able to quite. I've hung in there because I feel awful saying I should be making more, and it has worked out fine for me and soon she will just plan on having me come 4 days and pay me more. They have been very sweet and will often have me babysit for date nights or when they need a babysitter and they are extremely generous (pay at least $20 an hour for babysitting extra) and if there's a week that I had to work 5 full days they will pay me extra. She also used to work with me so I could go help her brothers wife with their children and get some extra money that way. I also get paid the same wages every week of the year and at the holidays I got a lot of time off plus a $500 bonus. So it does equal out that I don't get paid as much per hour every week, but they are getting paid for the time they have off so I don't feel bad that I get paid time off. I am not in the nanny business, if u can call it that, just for the money; I love my 2 kids so much already, and I do my best and really work my butt off and go the extra mile to be a blessing to them sometimes, just because I know how busy they are and they do appreciate it. I never feel like a servant or just "the help", they are so sweet and I definitely feel like part of their family. I don't feel out of place when at birthday parties or school events, someone has to be a nanny and it's what I'm good at and what I love doing. I see it as an opportunity to have an amazing impact on 2 little children's lives. They are such intelligent kids and so easy to teach and I can give them such an advantage in life. So my opinion is that I don't make a whole lot of money, but there are other rewards to the job. And for those of u who are not being paid minimum wage - that is wrong and the family should just have to put their children in day care if that's all they can afford. If you are not happy with what you're making, you will not have the best attitude and do your best and that's hurting their kids in the end.
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Erica W.
Underpaid O- You deserve much more! Especially because of the number of kids you care for and all you do! I would ask! That is not enough!
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM
Underpaid O.
I am a nanny for 4 children, but 1 of them is only a couple times a week. They are 2, 4, 5 and 10. The 10 year old I only watch a few times a week. I take 3 of them to and from school each day (their car). I literally do EVERYTHING. I cook, clean, drive them everywhere, sometimes shop for them, potty train, take care of their dogs and much more. I usually work 9-12 hours in a day. I make $8 an hour sometimes even less and don't get much more for over time. Honestly some of it is my fault for not keeping track of hours as well as I should. I am about to try and nip it in the but before it gets worse so I am here asking for advice on what to ask for. Also I was a manager at a daycare before this.
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM
Erica W.
Chelsie~ I think you should be getting more. I watch a 3 yr old all day and then his older brother & sister when they get home from school for a couple hours. I get $12/hr. I'm part time. Other duties include basic cleaning up-dishes, etc., and driving & picking up the kids from activities. How long have you been with the family?
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM
ChelsieElliott
Hi my name is Chelsie. I'm wondering on if I'm getting paid too little or even to much. I work for a family with a ten month old boy. And a 3 year old boy. My job is feed them. Bring the 3 yr old to school and play all day with the ten month old. When he is sleeping I do stuff around the house such as dishes and random miscellaneous stuff. I pick the 3 yr old up from school and then play with both of the boys until the parents are done working. Also sometimes when asked I run errands for them such as grocery shopping, running to the bank etc.
I work Monday-Friday 8-5 but am only getting paid 10$ an hour. Is this reasonable or should I be getting paid more.
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Erica W.
Is it okay to ask for a raise when I watch all 3 kids in the summer as opposed to right now I just watch 1?
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM
josephine
HI
I take care of a 5 month old baby girl five days a week for 4 hours a day.
I feed her, play with her, read to her and give her her naps. When she is
sleeping I have to sweep the floors, do the baby's wash, empty the dish washer,
mop the floors, dust all the furniture I get paid $10.00 an hour is this fair
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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Pyper M.
Celia G. That is absolutely too low... look at it this way... add up your weekly hours and divide that by your pay, if it is less than min. wage, ask for a raise or quit.
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM
Celia G.
hi i have a question I'm a little 3 year old boy nanny, i go in the mornings to his house 14 miles away wake him up dress him brush his teeth brush his hair potty train him make his breakfast drive him to day care, than i return for him in the afternoon take him back to his house feed him if hungry sometime take him to the park or on one day of the week he has dance class so i take him there, i help them out with a bit of cleaning vacuum downstairs clean kitchen sweep and mop floors empty dishwasher and i get paid 200 a week is that to low for everything i do?
Posted: December 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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Amanda S.
This is very useful as I am a nanny myself and know what the appropriate amount to charge.
Posted: November 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM
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Hi Dianna T!
Check out this article: http://www.care.com/child-care-do-you-give-your-nanny-a-holiday-bonus-p1017-q35916734.html for information on nanny bonuses!
We hope this helps!
Posted: November 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Anonymous
Interesting to read. I wish the people I work for had read this! I make $350/week for full-time. With no benefits (no PTO, no paid vacations). As far as experience, I had 4 summers as a camp counselor and I have a 4 year college degree. I didn't realize that other people made more at this. But it looks like I'm more valuable than I thought!
Posted: November 17, 2013 at 1:37 AM
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Dianna T.
Hi.how much is a nannys bonus
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Crystal E.
Hi. There have been lots of good posts on here. I am a single mom of a 2yr old and an 8mo old and I work full time.. Daycare cost is $200/wk per child which equals $1, 600/mo. That is 70% of my current income. I was hoping to find a live-in nanny to care for the children while I was at work only (no cleaning or cooking or driving ect). And I would pay for room and board and a weekly stipend of $150/wk. My thought process was that the average person spends 1/3 of their income on rent/utilities so it would even out. I was refered to Care.com and some Aupair websites because I did have a college student-type in mind but after reading through this blog, it seems that daycare is the most economic option.

What are your thoughts? Any feedback is appreciated. Please be kind, I'm new at this.
Posted: November 09, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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Diane K.
I always look at payment to be at least minimum wage. I enjoy child care more than any other job I've ever had. It's more rewarding to me than working in an office where you have to sit all day. I like variety and being appreciated by doing a good job and loving what I do. I love working with children and their families. Even though some nannies have an education in child care they might not have actual experience in what it takes to do child care That is very important. That might be why they don't get paid enough because you need experience like any other job. . Also with experience they could use what they learned also about children of different ages. I personally like to help single mothers with children by asking less depending on their situation, because like someone else said before how can anyone afford child care and maintain a family. Single parents need to work.
Posted: November 07, 2013 at 6:49 PM
Lisa R.
I have seen alot problems in the past. The key I believe is to have a very detailed job description and to have all parties sign it. If the family wants to keep you on because of the good your adding to their life and family the lines of communication open. I think that it is hard to say NO to any employer, but if we have an aggreement. It is in black and white. For us people pleaser out there, it is hard to NO,but we have too. IF we lose our job because of it and their not sticking to the contract. Let it be on them. Nobody likes to switch child care providers as it causes stress on the parents and the children.
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM
elaniedavis
I am wondering if I am getting paid enough. I work 58 hours a week watching one 4 year old, some times with a baby as well. I take him to and from his preschool. Since his preschool is a co-op, I do the parent work day each week. I feed him, take him to and from multiple activities. I get paid $12/hour ($15/hour for 2). I have worked for this family for 2+ years and have 10 years+ experience in childcare. I am 25, have a BA and am working on my Masters. I do NOT recieve paid time off, sick days or benefits. I work in Seattle. Thank you!
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Lyndsay
I'm a nanny for 10 years now. I am currently with my 3rd family. My first family spoiled me so much that it has been hard to adjust to my other 2 situations. I have always received great pay, under the table. Currently at $13/hr in Ohio. I have never had PTO, vacation days, sick days or benefits. With my first family that was fine, I worked so many hours with them that my extra pay made up for it. Plus they scheduled me a lot in the weekends. My 2nd family and current family have had a hard time accepting the fact that I charge $13/hr. Through my experience, as a parent you all should look at it this way...you have a degree (maybe you don't) but you want a job that pays well, has benefits, insurance, yeah? Would you accept a nursing position that didn't offer any if that or your overtime? Accountants, would you accept less? Lawyers, do you accept less from your clients? Contractors, don you accept less for your labor? Most of you said no, am I right? Those of you that said yes, I hope you only said yes because you might bargain with someone who really needs the help but can't afford it, but not in the regular because you know what your time and efforts are worth. Let me ask this question, how many of you moms have a new MK, Coach, Kate Spade etc...name brand purse, shoes, clothes in your closet? Probably almost all of you, because that's the trend right? How many of you drive high end cars, Mercades, BMW, Lexus, Volvo, Cadiliac? Maybe not as many with the name brand purse and clothes, but probably a good chunk! How is it that you can find it acceptable to spend the money in those materialistic items, but when it comes to your child you want to pay the lest amount as possible?

Fortunately for me I have been placed with wealthy families who don't really argue the pay once they know what type of care their child will have. And they all have plenty of money and live within their means. I nannied for 2 doctors at the Mayo clinic and they only had one car, not because they both worked at the same place, their schedules were very different...they just didn't. My very first family in Ohio came from old money and was making great money in both of their careers. They both drove older used vehicles until the maintence became too much. And once the 2 cars were gone, they were a one car family for 5 months, granted they had me to help transport to and from work in occasion, but I didn't mind, the dad even would ride his bike in the middle if summer about 3 miles to work.

My point is, what are your priorities? You know your worth in your career, and wouldn't accept less then what you deserve so why should your CHILDcare provider? It's your child's life now, not yours. I know it can be expensive, but know that you get what you pay for. And to expect household chores on a regular basis is absurd. I have always helped out when I notice things have been going over looked, but we are hired for your children, unless otherwise already worked out between employee and employer.

I love taking care of kids, but during the process of finding my current family I am sad to say that this is my last year. The expectations have become ridiculous. I don't understand where you think you are entitled to the benefits, while jipping us on our worth.

I live well within my means it's difficult at times with $13/hr but it works and it can work. So instead of asking us nannies/ care takers to see it from the parents side, see it from our side!

I really enjoyed this post and all of the comments. It really has been interesting.

I hope everyone has found or will find a situation where both parties can be happy. It is not an easy process on EITHER side.
Posted: October 05, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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Amanda M.
I have worked with many families over the past 6 years and have experienced all types of situations. I have been paid very low to very high and try to work with everyone even if they can't afford much, simply because I love working with kids! I had one family who went through a hard time and a check they gave me bounced, but I loved their daughter so I stayed anyways because I understand times are hard. I work for a great family now who have 2 kids and they pay me $15/hr, and $80 every other week to clean their house. (They do expect the kids laundry to be done, dishes, etc... But I do that regardless if the parents ask or not, because I know they work long hours so I try to help as much as possible). Although I am exhausted at the end of the day, I love what I do. (I also take the kids to activities and do crafts at home with them). Pretty much I play mommy!
I really try to work with all incomes. I have even done free childcare in some cases because I truly care and want to help as much as I can.
Posted: October 02, 2013 at 7:47 PM
Kayleigh L.
I disagree that nannies are a want and not a need. My husband and I will both be working second shift soon. Not our choice. I just graduated from nursing school and it is few and far in between you start out at first shift in my area. So we CANNOT use a daycare as you have to have your child picked up by 6pm. We will not be home until 10:30pm. I have been a nanny before, two years ago. I was paid $10 for three children. I did their grocery shopping, laundry, and drove the girls around. I will only be able to afford $7.25 an hour for our nanny. I graduated as an LPN- so I myself will only be making $17 an hour. But my nanny will also be paid under the table- so they will not have 15% taken out in taxes. We will also be paying a set price. Since my husband works HVAC he may get home at 9:30pm- which will be 8 hours....but somedays he may get home at 4:30. We are choosing to pay our nanny for the FULL day, no matter what she works....and if my husband is out super late past 9:30 every hour after that we will pay $10 an hour. If we start making more money, we will be more than happy to raise our nanny's pay. I also will not be asking for any housecleaning or transportation. When they arrive at 1:30 my daughter will be down for her nap until 3 and she goes to bed around 8pm. So there will be plenty of down time for the nanny as well. Since we can't afford $10+ we do want to make sure we are taking care of our nanny in the fact that when we get bonuses or overtime- we are also giving her bonuses and extra pay. We only need someone 2-4 days a week- it switches each week. I pray I will be able to find someone. Like I said- I was a nanny, so I understand from both sides. I think there are different types of nannies too. Some are college kids looking for part time jobs, some are moms who have grown kids now just trying to make some extra money. For the nanny's who do this for a living and have their degrees- please don't take offense if someone offers you less than what you believe you are worth. Just try to look at it from their perspective- and politely turn down their offer and keep looking.
Posted: September 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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Allison B.
I think what people don't understand is that nannies are a want, not a need. You can send your child to a childcare facility for less than it would cost to have a nanny. It is very nice to have an in home nanny, but you do have to remember that, when the nanny is full time, that is what they do for a living. If you can not afford to pay them a living wage, then maybe you should look into other options for your child's care. It's a difficult situation because you want both parties to feel like the agreed upon wage is fair, but parents do need to realize that many people are career nannies. As a career nanny, there is no health insurance benefits or other benefits. This is why it is extra important to at least pay your nanny a wage that they can live on. Of course, the nanny must be a good nanny to continue to deserve that wage, but it does need to a wage that they can live on.
Posted: September 07, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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Joylyn M.
Hi Everyone!

I'm a nanny of 9-month-old baby. I work 32hrs per week and get paid every end of the week. They pay me $10 per hour. I started taking care of her since she was 2-month-old. I don't get any benefits cause I work as a part time nanny. I would like to ask for a raise but I'm in a doubt to ask for that since couple of months ago I just ask for more hours. And they gave it to me. Sometimes,I have to change my schedule cause my medicaly retired military husband needs help on going to his doctor's appointment or to the hospital. My employer is very flexible and nice to me all the way I HAVE NO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEM. They give me extra $ if they want me to work for extra more hours. I'm about to take a 4weeks vacation (unpaid since I'm part-time) this December. My question is.... Is it fair to ask for a raise even if I didn't turn a year yet working for them? I also don't have to take the baby anywhere aside from taking her for a walk. After all the flexibility of schedule they have been giving me, I'm veeeeeery scared/awkward/embarrass/doubtful to ask for a raise. Please let me know your thoughts about this! Thank you in advance. God bless you all.
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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Becky L.
I just had our nanny, who has been employed for 2 months, just ask me for a 40% raise. The child is 2 and still naps. Nothing is required of her during naps except fold the toddler's laundry and pick up any messes they made that morning. The position is part-time but we pay a guaranteed salary regardless if less hours were worked. We've accomodated PTO requests already with pay and even come home early at last minute-request from our own jobs. She is not a professional/experienced nanny. We offer 2-weeks paid vacation of her choice and 5 sick days per year, paid. She earns a weekly wage regardless of the hours worked. I'm trying to justify this pay increase when I don't see additional effort being put forth to save us time or money in other areas. Any thoughts? Previous nanny was on same pay arrangement and benefits and stayed with us for 2.5 years. We believe in paying nannies more than expected and what is fair for the Fort Collins market which is not the same as San Francisco, New York, Seattle or Chicago. Our top priority has always been the excellent, compassionate care of our child but there has to be some limits. Any help appreciated if you have been on either side of this situation. Thank you so much.
Posted: August 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM
sharon
kimmy-i've seen no one posting trying to "get rich". Because it's A JOB the children are always first because that is MY JOB.
The question is how much I get paid AT MY JOB.
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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Kimberly B.
These comments seem to be all about money instead of the children being cared for. If your a Nanny trying to get rich from this then I wouldn't hire you anyway! It should be about the children first and a fare rate for both parents and Nanny. Like someone above said just be happy you are being considered for a job and or getting a job in this economy! If its all about money; you shouldn't be a nanny! Period!!
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Katrina M.
Very well put Robin! A well balanced and thought out response that ALL on this site should read.
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Robin M.
You know, Really, life is soooo not black or white. I do not like to hear people say things like "if you don't have the money, then don't have the children" or "plan, plan, plan" your life away into this cute little ideal package that you can control. I mean, I agree with child planning to the extent of preparing your mind, body, financial resources, education, etc... as best as you can to set yourself up to better the chances of success for yourself and your future child. However, what about the single mom or dad that did not "plan" to be single when making the decision to have children, but because of maybe the unexpected illness or death of her husband, she finds herself in a situation where balancing her childcare needs and keeping her job seems impossible. What about the parents that did not "plan" to have an autistic child , or a child with really bad ADHD, or physical challenges or any other special needs that need special care? Should they be "punished" for failing to inlcude special needs children in their future plans? What about the aunt or uncle or grandparent or adult sibling, that agrees to adopt or become the legal guardian of a troubled minor due to unforeseen circumstances and now all of a sudden needs the service of a nanny. Or a six figure income family that suffered a job loss due to downsizing and a poor economy. Life has no guarantees. And it's hard to plan for the unknown and unforeseen.

Just think of all the great people in this world, past and present, who would have never been born if their parents were too afraid to take a leap of faith and have kids regardless of their less than perfect circumstances. Children would become a thing for only the rich and well to do families if people chose not to have children due to not enough planning. Families everywhere all have to make the best of the hand that they were dealt, whether they were well prepared or not.

I have nothing against nannies who want to charge $20+ p/h for their services. In fact, I actually believe that caregivers of all kind, nanny, babysitters, teachers tutors, and other professionals that invest in our children and families deserve high pay just because of all the work that goes into caring for a child or family.

If a caregiver wants to assure high pay, then, like someone said earlier, market yourself to a certain family or neighborhood above a certain income bracket, or build your career niche around nannying for celebrities, high paid Executives, etc...

I believe there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to negotiating your rate. There's the legal rate and there is the standard or ideal rate you set for yourself as a professional and the rate the family can afford. There is a huge gap in the childcare industry where the cost for childcare per child per week, is way more than the average pay check per week. And there are probably more families that are paying low rates out of pure genuine circumstances than the ones who actually have the means but are choosing to pay cheap rates just to be mean, inconsiderate or cheap. If you are working with a family that clearly has the means and is holding out on you, then that family is obviously not worth your time.

There are many personal and economic factors to be considered on both sides. There are plenty of over qualified people, with college degrees with plenty of experience, not just in the child care industry but in other industries, that are feeling forced to accept a lower paying jobs due to the economy. Caregivers want and deserve high pay. But the problem is, especially those with multiple children, families are practically giving away there entire paycheck plus more in order to receive childcare services. Child care bills can be twice or three times more than the average mortgage or rent. I have been on both sides, a caretaker providing childcare service and a mom receiving childcare service, and I'm telling you right now, it's not fair for both sides.

Just like in any other business, if both parties can't come to an agreement that meets the needs of both, then don't do business. Say your professional thank you's and goodbyes and walk away. Nothing Personal. Find someone who is willing to pay what you are looking for. And it's nobody's fault. That's why neither side should take it personal unless you know for sure someone is really just being unreasonable.

However, to discourage others from making that personal decision of having kids or justifying the rate of being paid $20 an hour on the basis that we all
should have planned properly for children or should have known the cost associated for having a child, oh well, suck it up and pay the expensive childcare bill,
is not an attitude that I feel will help any caregiver's career. The attitude does not show sensitivity, consideration or concern to each family's unique needs.

The same goes the other way around. Families need to show consideration and concern for the caregivers needs.
Posted: August 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Robin M.
Life is soooo not black or white. I do not like to hear people say things like "if you don't have the money, then don't have the children" or "plan, plan, plan" your life away into this cute little ideal package that you can control. I mean, I agree with child planning to the extent of preparing your mind, body, financial resources, education, etc... as best as you can to set yourself up to better the chances of success for yourself and your future child. However, what about the single mom or dad that did not "plan" to be single when making the decision to have children, but because of maybe the unexpected illness or death of her husband, she finds herself in a situation where balancing her childcare needs and keeping her job seems impossible. What about the parents that did not "plan" to have an autistic child , or a child with really bad ADHD, or physical challenges or any other special needs that need special care? Should they be "punished" for failing to inlcude special needs children in their future plans? What about the aunt or uncle or grandparent or adult sibling, that agrees to adopt or become the legal guardian of a troubled minor due to unforeseen circumstances and now all of a sudden needs the service of a nanny. Or a six figure income family that suffered a job loss due to downsizing and a poor economy. Life has no guarantees. And it's hard to plan for the unknown and unforeseen.

Just think of all the great people in this world, past and present, who would have never been born if their parents were too afraid to take a leap of faith and have kids regardless of their less than perfect circumstances. Children would become a thing for only the rich and well to do families if people chose not to have children due to not enough planning. Families everywhere all have to make the best of the hand that they were dealt, whether they were well prepared or not.

I have nothing against nannies who want to charge $20+ p/h for their services. In fact, I actually believe that caregivers of all kind, nanny, babysitters, teachers tutors, and other professionals that invest in our children and families deserve high pay just because of all the work that goes into caring for a child or family.

If a caregiver wants to assure high pay, then, like someone said earlier, market yourself to a certain family or neighborhood above a certain income bracket, or build your career niche around nannying for celebrities, high paid Executives, etc...

I believe there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to negotiating your rate. There's the legal rate and there is the standard or ideal rate you set for yourself as a professional and the rate the family can afford. There is a huge gap in the childcare industry where the cost for childcare per child per week, is way more than the average pay check per week. And there are probably more families that are paying low rates out of pure genuine circumstances than the ones who actually have the means but are choosing to pay cheap rates just to be mean, inconsiderate or cheap. If you are working with a family that clearly has the means and is holding out on you, then that family is obviously not worth your time.

There are many personal and economic factors to be considered on both sides. There are plenty of over qualified people, with college degrees with plenty of experience, not just in the child care industry but in other industries, that are feeling forced to accept a lower paying jobs due to the economy. Caregivers want and deserve high pay. But the problem is, especially those with multiple children, families are practically giving away there entire paycheck plus more in order to receive childcare services. Child care bills can be twice or three times more than the average mortgage or rent. I have been on both sides, a caretaker providing childcare service and a mom receiving childcare service, and I'm telling you right now, it's not fair for both sides.

Just like in any other business, if both parties can't come to an agreement that meets the needs of both, then don't do business. Say your professional thank you's and goodbyes and walk away. Nothing Personal. Find someone who is willing to pay what you are looking for. And it's nobody's fault. That's why neither side should take it personal unless you know for sure someone is really just being unreasonable.

However, to discourage others from making that personal decision of having kids or justifying the rate of being paid $20 an hour on the basis that we all
should have planned properly for children or should have known the cost associated for having a child, oh well, suck it up and pay the expensive childcare bill,
is not an attitude that I feel will help any caregiver's career. The attitude does not show sensitivity, consideration or concern to each family's unique needs.

The same goes the other way around. Families need to show sensitivity, consideration and concern for their caregivers needs.
Posted: August 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM
Antoinette N.
Leigh L.-I am so sorry that you are being taken advantage of by your sister. First question, what state do you reside in? $5.40/hr is not legal in most states. Your sister should be giving you more money because you allow her to use your vehicle, considering gas and wear and tear/maintenance. I honestly avoid any type of business deals amongst family members. Family tends to think that they should be entitled to more for less because they are family. Do NOT be deceived by this fallacy.

To all the other members on here, I'd like to speak my mind because I see a lot of RIDICULOUS crap on this site. I personally do NOT have children, and the reason being is that I am not financially stable. I'm sure most all of you know that children are a life-long investment. So my question is, if you know that you make an average of $40-50K/yr, why do you think that you are ready (financially) to bring a child into this world? Children cost. That's as ridiculous as buying a car and then complaining about paying for gas and maintenance. Are people really thinking things through logically? Especially when our economy is as bad as it is today. If you have to work a full 9-5, it will obviously be difficult for you to raise your child without assistance especially when that child is younger and is not yet old enough to be in school while you're at work. I don't think parents should complain about how much they have to pay someone else to watch their own children when they're not able to do so themselves. If you clearly failed to think ahead and consider the costs of a child {childcare/education, insurance, activities, clothing, food, recreation & fun} prior to bringing that child into this world, then you clearly are subject to the prices of others willing to help you out. Don't complain about the cost, because then you're putting a price on your children. It really kills me when I see parents requesting a college educated individual with years of experience to oversee the care of their children and are only willing to pay $10-12/hr. Is that what you really think a college graduate with years of childcare experience should be paid? Well to help you answer your question, consider this...the "average" individual making $40-50K/year is making an average hourly wage of $20-26/hr. You want someone who is going to serve as a good role model for your children, someone who is going to instill knowledge, inspiration, discipline, love & care, and provide an overall safe nurturing environment. At this point, quality should be a matter of importance.

I am 27 years old. I have a BA in French and a BA in Political Science. I speak fluent French and I've spent 2 and a half years abroad in Europe. I will not accept a rate of anything lower than $20/hr. I am an educated, bilingual, well polished individual with 13 years of childcare experience. When I interview with families, they tend to get impressed after seeing my resume, seeing how I carry myself, how I articulate, and how well mannered I am. Ideally, I'm someone that parents want around their children, because I possess certain attributes that they'd like to see in their children. In conclusion, you pay more for quality and end the end, poverty is a mindset. Keep thinking cheap, you'll stay cheap. A word of advice for nannies on this site who feel as though they are being underpaid, go to your local nanny agency and have them line you up with families. You tell them the rate that you're looking for and they are pretty good in matching you up with families willing to pay what you're asking. This is because those parents willing to pay agency fees, tend to understand that quality cost and they don't want just any old person watching over their child.
Posted: August 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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Roslyn M.
Do you feel like the age of the children play a major part in how much a nanny should be paid. Like me personally I would charge more for infants to 2nd grade children simply because they do require way more attention than a 4th through 6th grader.
Posted: August 09, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Leigh L.
I have a question for all you ladies. I am currently nanning for my sister. She has three children. Two 11 month old twin girls, and a 6 year old. I just had to renegotiate my wages with her last night because I am now working 50 hours a week instead of 30. She was a little upset with me that I felt as though I was being taken advantage of. When I calculated my wages out into an hourly rate it was only $5.40 an hour for the three children. We have now renegotiated and I am going to be paid $305 a week for the three children for 50 hours a week. When my oldest niece goes back to school in two weeks it will drop to $255 a week for 50 hours for the two twins and 15 hours for the oldest.
My sister, like I said, was upset with me it seemed and told me everyone she talked to said nanny's or babysitters do not calculate their salary based on an hourly rate. So that is why I started researching it myself, and it seems from your all's comments that they do. To make a long story short :) My question is do you all think I am being fair to her by charging her $305 a week for 50 hours for the three girls. She also receives child care assistance from the state so $185 of that is paid by the state to me. I have a bachelor's degree, I am also a registered care provider with the state, and I paid all the fees associated with that so I could be her nanny and be eligible to be paid the state portion.
My other question is that the state is who will be dropping my pay by $50 a week when the 6 year old goes back to school. Is it fair that I still ask her to pay the same she is paying now so that I will receive a total of $255 a week for the twins full time and the older one part time? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
I guess I just feel that no one is going to take care of these girls like I do because they are my nieces and I love them. I understand that it is also a favor to me because I could not find employment before I took on this job. But I also feel it is a favor to my sister, too. I don't want to just make her go broke paying me, but I also have bills too. I also let her drive my car to and from work as she does not have a vehicle, that is another reason I asked her for more money because the wear and tear on my car, and extra miles. I just got my oil changed 13 days ago and in 13 days she has driven 759 miles. That is another reason I was feeling a little taken advantage of, but now I guess I am feeling a little guilty like I am charging her too much and just want to see what you all think.
Posted: July 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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Amanda G.
I am a junior elementary education major currently working at a childcare center. I have 6+ years of childcare experience and am CPR/ first aid certified. I also have the TX state mandated annual childcare training hours for licensed childcare workers. I was recently offered a job to nanny 2 kids (2 yrs and 13 mo) 3 days a week for 6.25 an hour. The family is willing to pay time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas as the mother is a teacher. After reading this, I feel as though that is extremely low considering my qualifications. I would be interested to hear others' opinions please?
Posted: July 08, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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Kaitlin R.
I know it says live-in Nanny's get paid less then live out but should they be paying full rent? I keep finding jobs where they would take $500 or more out for rent and only want to leave $200 a week for the nanny working full time. For me its been very hard to find a job that will pay enough to be able to pay the bills I already have, which minimum is about $800 a month, thats car payments insurance for car cell phone, credit cards, student loans and medical bills. Anyone have any tips for me or know what I should be asking/getting? I live in the DC metropolitan area but have been looking for a live-in nanny job in the Los Angles CA area.
Thank you ahead of time for any responses.
Posted: July 03, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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Wendy S.
So happy I found this board hope I can get an honest answer because some of the comments I have read is like reading Nanny Diaries all over again.. So I have been unemployed for 7 months but have been gotten a lot of interviews from care.com the only problem is a lot of families doesn't think it relevant to pay on the books which is something I want to change after 12 years of being a dedicated, loving and very caring second mother to any ones child.
My questions if I take a job 45 hours a week on the books after taxes is $700 a fair salary to bring home at the end of the week when caring for 1 child in the New York Manhattan area?????
I ask only because I read that after 40 hrs we are entitled to time and a half / over time.
What is fair but not outrageous to ask for or accept .

FYI I have not had a nanny position on the books or an employer who felt that caring for more multiple children deserved more than $600 for 40 plus hours a week.
Please reply with a honest answer.
Thank you,
Wendy S.
Posted: June 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Sharon C.
To be paid a fair and decent wage was and will always be an issue for those of us in the Child Care profession. It is sad that we are treated as "less than" because we choose to be a nanny, or a babysitter , and in the eyes of many that means we are lazy and don't want to have a "real" job. Right away a message is portrayed that we can and will work for cheap or basically whatever you as parents can get away with paying us. This is so wrong! We just like you have our dignity and desire respect, regardless of what you may think, and offering to pay us so little of a wage depletes us of that. I agree that anyone who hires a nanny off of Care.Com should be totally aware of the pay that is required. Thank you!
Posted: June 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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Shannen W.
if you think that it is too much to pay $15 or $16 an hour for an excellent, loving,and qualified nanny,then guess what, you can't afford a nanny. don't be mad, not everyone can afford a nanny. find alternative child care options. we don't just do it for the money, but it is a real job and we have to live off of what you pay. that is the going rate, even a little low in some places. if that seems crazy to you- having a nanny is not right for you. period. a personal nanny that is loving and qualified who comes to your home everyday costs money. may i suggest daycares, after school programs or younger babysitters if you can't afford that price. nannies are not babysitters. the end. have a lovely day. :)
Posted: June 22, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Alec
Please note, I'm talking about our experience only, and it is limited to South Florida. In the past, we hired 2 full time nannies, 1 part-time, and interviewed about 10-15. In our experience as an Employer, the main problem is nannies' lack of honesty in pay negotiations. We list all conditions of employment, the nanny eagerly says she agrees, but in a week or two she starts complaining that the pay is too low, she got phone bill, car bill, etc.

Nothing like that would be possible at a regular job. No one would ask for a raise 1-2 weeks after being hired (how about waiting for 6 months? - in a company you'd have to wait for more than a year!). Nanny's bills are not her employer's problem: she gets a paycheck to take care of them.

There is no such thing as "not being paid as much as you deserve." If you really deserve more, continue applying for jobs and you will find the pay you deserve. But if you can't find anything else, it's because you are paid what you deserve, so stop whining and work harder to earn more.

It doesn't matter if you went to college and have student debts. If your college degree is actually valuable for the nanny position, you will find a family valuing it accordingly. Most likely, if you have a college degree and you work as a nanny, it means you are overqualified, so your degree is irrelevant.
Posted: June 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM
Alyssa V.
I agree with all of this. I believe that hard working people deserved to be paid by what they do.
For example. I worked as a nanny for 2 boys, when I went for the interview I was told thy she could pay me 40 dollars a day. Never once telling me how long I would be there, & avoiding the question of how ling that I would be there for.
So my first day there finally came.. & I was there for 10 hours a day. Now 40 dollars a day for 10 hours is around 3-4 dollars an hour.. & about 1.50-2 dollar a kid.
Not only was a watching her children. I was doing her dishes from the day before cleaning her house because you couldn't walk without getting dust & car hair on your feet.
At the end of the week I worked 50 hours.
Now I'm not expecting 10 an hour.. But at least pay me minimum wage. I got 200 dollars for a 50 hour week.
She put me in a really bad spot. & I ended up getting another interview with a family who was looking for the same amount of hours if not more & willing to pay me 8 an hour for 1 child.
Yes I understand that you have bills to pay. & your all like the rest of us.
& money is not the only thing on my mind
I love the boys that I watch but my fianc is in the navy & I have to make money, & this is truly what I enjoy & what I am good at.
In the end I believe that fair pay is Important. 3 dollars an hour is not going to make me feel like you want me watching your children & , cleaning your home.
We don't want to feel worthless to you.
Posted: June 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Elizabeth R.
Some of the comments on here coming from parents are ridiculous. (No words).
Just note to the amazingly hard working nannies out there: if you have a great amount of experience (I'm 24 with 8 years), DON'T be afraid to step up and say something if you aren't comfortable with pay. For instance (and this goes for every sitter/nanny), gas and mileage. Um hello our gas isn't free and it shouldn't come as part of our pay check either. If the patents want their kids to go to zoo, then ask politely that they also cover gas. Going over this kind of stuff is important during interviews. Don't get sucked into a giant lie.
Posted: June 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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Michele M.
I am running into consistent cancellations with a lovely family I work one day a week for and have had my hours cut again and again with a very part time job-they just show up 3-5 hours early and let me go;making a total of 10 hours of work some weeks. I have a really tough time with both families providing the hours I committed to in the beginning of these 2 jobs. I have decided I cannot stay on with the 10 hr a week family but am trying to get advice on my Monday family-I think I am going to have to quit them. I will need them as a reference;I have always been extremely reliable & dependable with both families. Any advice on what to say? I just got a text cancellation for this Monday...it's Friday. I have bills drafting. Help.
Posted: June 07, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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Carol P.
I think the pricing is fine. I have a nanny/ housekeeper business. I search for housekeepers who will love their job more so that the money they make or are ok with what they are payed. I understand how hard it is to find a reliable and dependable housekeeper or nanny one with a degree, experience or back ground and dmv checked all of that does matter. My housekeepers make a lower hourly rate than what the above rates are.
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 12:13 PM
jen
Bottom line is you find out what is required of you and agree on a pay plan for those services for amount of time 3mo 6mo. Bottom line you agreed to do the work for the price you get
Posted: June 04, 2013 at 12:24 PM
aggie
I sign up for a job paying $400 a week. It started with looking after the children and now its a full nanny job. Laundry mopping dishes u name it. Should I get more? Its an infant and a three year old.
Posted: April 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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Katelyn M.
I totally agree that this should be required for all families who are looking for a nanny on care.com because I am very experienced and am a pediatric nursing major and I have applied for many jobs on care.com for a full-time nanny that said $10-$15 an hour and I was offered from multiple different people $600 a month. That is $3.75 an hour for 40 hours a week which is absolutely ridiculous and is a waste of my time when they put they are going to pay way more and then when I drive to an interview and they offer me nothing. This should be required and all parents should have to agree to it or something because its ridiculous.
Posted: April 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM
libtotheend
The reality is that you get what you pay for. Families who are fortunate to afford a qualified nanny, who has a college degree, is a legal citizen, and can drive, will ultimately be able to find a great nanny. The going rate in many metropolitan area's is $750-$950 per week. I've always believed that if you pay someone well, you will get a better worker who is committed to the job. I don't understand why mother's insist on hiring a super cheap, less than qualified nanny, to watch their kids for 12 hours a day while they slug it out for a job that doesn't pay enough.
If your job doesn't pay enough to justify a qualified nanny, than you should just be a stay at home mom.
Posted: April 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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Jami G.
i've been on both sides.
I was a nanny for 9 years before my daughter was born. and i considered what i needed to pay my monthly bills before accepting a job. it didn't matter what the jobs had to offer if they couldn't pay what i needed to pay my bills i didn't except it. i don't understand why so many nannies now take it personal if someone cant afford what they are asking.
As a mother, when i was a single mother i couldn't afford much i could only work part time and couldn't afford to not work nor could i afford more then i got paid(9.00hr), which is what most nannies asked for. and now well i wish i could afford more than i can now, but we can't. and thats just it. we have bills to pay to and if you don't like what we offer don't except the job. just kindly respond with, thank you but i need more income then your offering.
Posted: April 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM
With all do respect
JH-- A babysitter is someone you call when you're going on a date for a few hours, or that teenager who lives down your street who spends a couple of hours with your child after school before you get home.

A nanny is a person who spends considerable amount of time with your child, helping you raise your child by reinforcing all the elements you have introduced. They help with the disciplining, they feed your child, give them baths, clean up after them and things along that line. Does that sound like what your person does?

Now some of the other responsibilities that other nannies are talking about are things that they agreed to do upon hire or do because that's their style of nannying. For example, many nannies don't take the kids they watch to the doctors, but that doesn't make them any less of a nanny.

Most importantly, I would ask her what she considers herself-- a nanny or a babysitter-- because that's not something you can just say and it'll suddenly be true because you want it to be. It's best that employees and employers are on the same page about the title of the position being worked and paid for.

For example, I'm a nanny. I have a standard starting rate for families who are hiring me for a basic position as explained above. If they ask me to do more, I ask for more. Now if I've agreed to work 30 hours for a family and in trying to do my job they keep telling me that I don't have to do this or that...that's fine, but they hired a nanny and so they are going to continue paying me my nanny rate regardless of how much they want to get in my way of doing my job. I'm not suddenly going to become a babysitter because they want me to be. I however, accept occasional babysitting gig which I start at a slightly lower rate-- but all in all, I'm a nanny.

FYI--- all nanny and babysitting positions usually involves free rein of food, so this is not particularly unique to your position and should not be considered as a form of payment. Also, it seems like she's sleeping at the house to make it easier in the morning, but if you feel like it's some sort of payment to her-- you should certainly mention it to her so that she can know that you consider part of her payment. Same for the car-- when she uses it
for personal use. It's not okay to allow something and then consider it as payment without telling her.

As far as what you should pay your person-- I don't know because you only listed what she doesn't do and none of what she does do. I'm assuming she does a bit if she's with your kids 8 hours a day 3/4 times a week. I'd do your research, look above and read the suggestions and go on from there. I highly recommend that you both communicate better. Her behavior suggests that she wants to make more which is why she's passively-aggressively trying to get more hours and so on.
Posted: April 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM
Ivanny
Hi, I am want to put my experience with live in nanny, as that's the only thing that I prefer. I am a mother of two toddler who are 1 1/2 yrs old and 3 years old. I think nanny should be paid , from how they do their job, If they are lazy, I don't think you should get any raise.
I have 3 or 4 nannies so far for the past 2 years, and let me tell you the more I find, the more lazy they gets. My daughter who is 3 years old ,go to school from 8am - 6pm, then got home. That means only left me and the nanny to take care of my 1 1/2 yrs old toddler in the house. She does the laundry 2 times a week, not really cooking, I am taking care my son too, no chores what so ever, I am still doing the cleaning and feeding the kids , bathing them, sweeping the floor, cleaning the toys. What the nanny do? Nothing, and she expect me to give her raise, nah I don't hink so. Everytime I am doing some bussiness outside the house, she would ask me to come home due to my son crying for me? I could not leave the house, at this point I am questioning, why is she here if I do all the jobs?
I paid $2200 a month, food, place to sleep, everything included, even her coffee, shampoo, outing or everything is included, 1 day off a week. I think I am being taking advantage of. I am very nice, but it is boiling in my patience right now.
Can someone help me? She always said she is underpaid, keep telling me how good she was in her previous job, how good was her salary there and she told me the boss like her so much. And I asked her how long she was accepted at the job, and she said was only for 2 months. Then I asked her previous boss since he is my bussiness partner, he told me she got paid like 400 dollars less than what she told me, and she is very lazy that's why they don't hire her anymore.
I told her, if you doing good , of course raise it's not a problem, the way I see it now, Is everone this lazy , there is no point then to hire a nanny, if I do all the jobs.
Sorry if my english is not really good, I hope everyone understant. And please help me, I want to know how this nanny pays works, and what they do?
Posted: April 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM
JH
I am a parent with a bit of an issue. For instance, my sitter is a sitter. I dont think of her as a nanny. She like to stay in my guest room (at her choice) instead of me driving my kids to her house or her driving to mine. She doesnt have a car so I pick her up and drop her off. She drives me to work and then uses my car to pick up my daughter from school, get food, go to the park. She doesnt ever need to buy gas and when she does I reimburse her. She watches them from 945-6, 3-4 days a week. She is welcome to use my house as her own and eat my food. I dont ever require that she clean my house EVER. There have been some issues. She gets up early in the morning to take my daughter to school, but gets upset that I do it instead. I try to explain that I do not want a nanny. I will take her to school, take them to the doctors and if I am not at home to do so, then it wont be scheduled at that time. I also have a dog that she has taken responsibility for...at no insistence of my own. I usually feed/water her before I leave for work and then when I get home (She also gets scraps from the dinner table.) Now she does it...at her own choice. I dont say she has to or that I want her to. I dont think she should get paid for coming to birthdays or places with me when I am with the kids...because that is a choice of her own...in other words when I am around I am the caregiver and want to and will do EVERYTHING. This has been made clear. When she wants to help out like pick up my daughter from school even though I am home (I tell her I will get her and she takes the keys and gets her) I dont feel I should pay for something that she CHOOSES to do. Yeah she is at my house 3-4 days/nights a week, but that is his choice because I only need him for the 8 hours/day. When she is watching the kids, I dont expect that he is going to do stuff with them every single minute. I want a grown up around to supervise to make sure that they are fed and dont get into anything. My kids are very easy going and have no medical issues. Also, do I take into consideration that she is staying in the room/eating food/using car for personal use(not including what she uses for the kids) for free? Also, the kids grandparents were watching them for free and then she offered to for 8/child/day (low I know, but that all she would let me-but always complains about how little she has, but wont accept anymore). She is my sister-in-law, goes to college, lives with her parents. Also, i watch my neice every couple weeks and my sister can watch my kids some of the time, but then my sister-in-law always says, "no I can do it". Even though my sister would be free, when she offers to watch them on days I could have others watch them (she convinces them that she can do it and it would be an inconvenience for the other people. So she ends up watching them). The problem is she wants to get paid for it (for instance, my mom was going to watch my kids as a anniversary present for free so my hubby and I could get out of the house. Instead she convinced me that she would, but then charged me for it. I was a little confused about that.) How much do you think I should pay/week?
Posted: April 05, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Fallon
To Melissa,

It is a care position but as well this is a business. If I was a nurse (also a position in which I am caring for someone) I would want to be paid what I have sat many years.in college for or the experience.that I have. Unfortunately for us nannies we still have bills to pay just like anyone else. I definitely believe in getting paid what you are worth while not robbing the family of every penny they have. Its about being practical and ethical on both ends.
Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Member Care.
Hi Daniel B,

We do offer the Babysitter Pay calculator, a tool that you may find helpful when trying to figure out an appropriate pay rate. With this calculator, you are able to enter your zip code and the amount of children that require care and we will figure out the average rate for your area. You can find this tool in the News and Views section of your account. We hope that helps!
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Chef Mark
Ok. Emily C. I am pretty sure you are a joke that was put into this blog to show how unrealistic people can be. That is not how labor laws work in the United States. In any job. I know, as an Excectutive Chef, with a BS from Johnson & Wales University, I have continually had to fight the "expectations" of a single proprietor verses the "reality" that allows me to live a normal (at least semi) lifestyle.
Nannies are not 'old maids' that have given up hope of having a family, or children of thier own, neither are pediatritions, teachers, child therapist, or pediatric nurses. In fact, most use thier experience to improve and learn, so that they may better handle thier own family situations, and jobs.
Stop and read this.
If you are looking for a nanny, you must get the "Babysitter" mentality out of your mind. This is not a 17 yo that is working for gas money. This is a professional that is, let me be clear, ASSISTING YOU IN THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WORLD, properly raising your child.
I became a personal chef. My job transformed itself into a Nannyish (lol) type of position. I love my family (as I call them), and that is because they love! Chef Mark. We do homework, work on two foreign languages, play all types of sports, eat sound, healthy food, and run a pretty tight ship. I said WE Ms. C. I make it possible for the parents to be the best that they can be, at work, enforcing THEIR structure, at home, while they are working. When they get home, their concentration goes directly to thier family (husband to wife to child) and I get to go do the same. That is what a nanny does, or in my opinion should do.
As far a compensation goes. Think of this. How much would you pay to have healthy meals prepared for you and your family three times daily? Well average eating out that much, subtract the healthy, and you have your answer.
How much would you pay to know that your child is learning, and studying, exactly what you want them to each and every day? Take tuition for a private school, with a tutor, and you have your answer.
How much would you pay to come home to a clean and organized home, so that you may completely enjoy the little time working parents have with thier family? Multiply a hotel service by 200 and, yes, you have your answer.
I personally do everything in my power to pay for myself. This is called job security. Coupons, specials, no waste, limited trips in the car etc. these things add up (and usually come back to me at bonus/Christmas/holiday time)
Choosing a nanny is a lifestyle that was facilitated by these parents, explained fully to me, and, then, reinforced by THE PARENTS. I am paid to assist them, a sous parent, if you will. I know they are lucky, but I also know I am lucky.
If you need to have a babysitter hire one, if you need a foster parent you are on the wrong page. If you need a nanny understand what that means, and do the math.
Ask any mother or father if they would take $70k to do this for a child that was not theirs while handling their own family. To do it as a parent truly should. The true answer would be "heck no! So much work, care, responsibility, for another persons kid? For what? Heck no!"
But the highest rate that seemed reasonable was not even half that - barely twice the minimum wage, on call 24/7 and with no benefits (and if you are lucky enough to work for Ms. C, as an indentured servent).
Wait, time out, Are we speaking of children, or pets because I know dog walkers that make $12 per hour.
Listen. You get what you pay for.
If you are looking for a nanny her is some good advice. Do the math and understand the value of what you are asking for. WRITE DOWN expectations so there is no misunderstandings, address issues immediately, and, most importantly, EVERYONE, love that child.
Thanks for the chance to comment.

Chef Mark Brewington BS, CC, ACF
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Daniel B.
What would I need to pay someone to watch my 10 year old this summer. All she will have to do is come to my house early in the morning and sleep untill my daughter gets up. No cleaning or anything like that. She can have the option of having Fridays off or work longer during the week. Im just hoping to find someone so I dont have to take my child to the ymca this summer for care. I want to pay about the same that I would pay the ymca.

Thanks
Dan
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Laura
Ok, so my question is simple. I am considering on getting a live in nanny. It would be very part time, before and after school, some light cooking, taking the kids to school, and cleaning up after themself. 2-3 days a week maybe a weekend night from time to time so that my boyfriend and I could have adult time. So if I had a live in, would room and board be included? Or would we charge the going rate for a room for rent? Or is that expected to be included in the pay?
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Member Care.
Hi Anne,

That is a common question that does pop up often and we actually have the perfect article for you! This article describes the differences between a nanny and a babysitter: http://www.care.com/child-care-what-is-the-difference-between-a-babysitter-and-a-nanny-p1017-q13314590.html

For your case, we feel a babysitter/mother's helper may fit your needs best. You can always look up the average pay rate by going to the section on your account called News and Views. In that section is a babysitter pay rate calculator. Feel free to enter your information to get those results. We hope that helps!
Posted: March 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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Eliza T.
@ arie m an Anne it depends on your nannies experience and age. If you are hiring someone between 18-20 or younger with 1-2 years of experience 10-12 is right on the nose. However someone with previou FT experience or a degree would require more. I was in this situation when I had over 5 years of experience and was payed 14 dollar an hr. you do get what you pay for. If you want someone with more experience or a degree be prepared to pay more. Also nannies working PT often have a higher hourly rate. Just make sure you are honest about what you are willing to pay. If a nanny isn't willing to work within your budget then it not the right fit for either party.
Posted: March 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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Eliza T.
@ Liz c that is a conversation you need to have with your nanny. Personally holding a degree would often require higher pay. However some nannys are willing to work for less and if they are personally ok with it then it will work for both parties. I would express to her that you are willing to give her a raise because you appreciate what she does for you but in doing so would require some extra task. It is fair for you a employer to determine what the job requirements are. A nanny who has lots of down time will make less then a nanny who doesn't or does laundry or other various task while the children are sleeping. I recommend talking with your nanny. I love when I am given more responsibility and maybe she will to:) hope that helps
Posted: March 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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Arie M.
I have a similar situation as Anne. I am ALWAYS with my kids but I need an extra set of hands. How do you handle pay?
Posted: March 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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Devrim L.
Good blog
Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Anne
Just wanted to know the difference between a nanny and a babysitter. Are nannies full time only? If you needed someone to help watch the kids while mom does all the housework or just help mom out with taking care of a child (an extra hand at bathing, going to the shops etc) but mom is still solely responsible the while time for only 4 hours for say 3 days a week, should I be looking for a nanny or a babysitter/mothers help. Would $10-12 an hour be reasonable for this type of work or over/under paid?
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM
KristenM
@emily c
Wow, it's people like you that make it necessary to have laws that protect Nannies. You basically want a slave for 35,000? Go to China. You make it seem like just because a nanny requires more pay due to experience, education, or any other factors, their time isn't valuable. We have lives too. You get what you pay for. Your logic is most definitely flawed and disgusting to a career nanny like me.
Posted: March 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM
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Heidi Y.
Teachers have historically been underpaid and underappreciated for many years. Parents on the other hand have always had issue with the cost of care for their children. I am a licenses teacher k-3, a licensed preschool director, previously a licensed family child care owner, and I am certified to work in any preschool at any level and any age group. I am CPR & First Aid certified and I know my way around the water.
There is no standard for a nanny taking on any job monetarily speaking. There are many variables for a family you may seek to work for. # of children, their ages, special education or not, hours to be worked, live in or live out? benefits, household responsibilities, etc.
There are nannies who take this work as a way to make income while moving on to another career. There are nanies that consider this their profession, long term, like me.
In my opinion, parents who choose a nanny may do so because they want individualized care for their children. This can be much costlier than public childcare centers. Although, parents with children too young to be at home alone, especially with younger siblings may choose to hire a nanny to cover all their childcare needs. That sounds smart to me.
Because nannies range in experience, abilities and skill the pay scale can be all over the place. I knew that I had the resume, the skills and the experience to demand more. I had to do that for myself. I need to be able to afford the lifestyle that I have established for myself. Once you know your budget its easier to know what you need to make to keep it all moving forward. If you settle for a certain rate then complain about it then you didn't plan wisely. If you don't have the education/experience then perhaps you need to change that so parents feel they are getting what they pay for.
I asked for a certain rate per hour, I asked for vacation time, I asked for benefits. If I use my car to shuttle the kids all over the place, which I do, then I expect compensatiuon for that. I use my cellphone too, ALOT! When we are out, especially during school vacation weeks, and over the summer then I need money to keep the kids content whether they are in camp or not. Nannies have to think about ALL of this before they commit to a family. Parents need to realise their nanny is working for them 40-50 hours a week, entertaining their most precious gifts, their children, driving them to doctor, dentist, hair, camp and play dates. Taking care of them when they are vomiting all day long and just want to be held. Managing their therapy sessions and coordinating who goes where over summer break.
I love what I do. The kids love me. My family appreciates me. If there are issues we work it out. If I need a raise and an extra week's vacatiuon I ask. They can say yes or they can say know. You'll never know if you don't ask.
We are all working for the same goal, right?

Emily C.

Here is a blurb from Care.com that spells out OT rules.

Handle Overtime Correctly
"If you don't use a payroll service, you'll need to make sure to manage any overtime correctly. If your nanny works over 40 hours in a week, you must pay them time-and-a-half for the hours over 40. Live-in nannies generally are not entitled to overtime, but are simply paid for every hour they work. (Note: there are special overtime requirements for live-in employees in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota. Consult your state or Breedlove for details if this applies to you).

My employer uses Breedlove. I like it that way. The only problem with this system is the inabilkty to have your weekly paycheck direct deposited. Fortunately I can now scan my paycheck with my i-Phone. :-)
Posted: March 09, 2013 at 6:42 PM
Anna M.
I am a nanny in NYC, where the minimum price for one child is generally $15/hour, 18/hr for two kids, etc. The employers out here tend to give vacation days, sick days, etc. I am getting ready to move back to Indiana, where the cost of living is greatly reduced. Out there, the fair price would probably be in the $10-$15 range. Bear in mind that they are looking to raise minimum wage to $9/hour, so these rates aren't actually so astronomical as they sound. You do get what you pay for. A nanny gives individualized attention to your children. They are able to nurture, protect, teach, and love your children without other distractions. I agree that these prices are fair. If you want cheaper options, daycare options might be for you. I have dealt with special needs children, too. I could've asked for more money, but I took the parents' income into consideration. It is not too much to ask for fair compensation, but it also isn't just aut the money.
Posted: March 07, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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Liz F.
Also would like a viewpoint of a nanny here..

I am not going to say what we pay, but have a couple comments/questions for nannies and other families. In my corporate job, I get about a 3-5% raise every year for top performance. What type of annual raise to nannies expect to see, or do you other employers pay?

Secondly, my nanny does have a degree, and she is making less being a nanny for me than working as a teacher, plus no insurance/other benefits. However, I give her whatever time off she needs (unpaid) and have been very flexible with her. Also, my 2 children nap 2-3 hrs every afternoon, at which time she rests/watches TV/internet, etc. I am totally ok with that (as long as she cleans up from lunch - my only request). I also work from a home office, so I am down during my lunch hour and we tag-team the difficult lunch/putting down for nap time. For these reasons, I don't feel as guilty paying lower than the $15-$20/hr range. She has told me on multiple occasions how much less stressful this job is than teaching. Our nanny is so important to me and the kids, I don't want to underpay her...so I'm wondering if I should offer her a larger raise that I typically would but also add some more duties to cover the 'down time' (like sweeping, folding laundry, cooking dinner, etc). Or ask her if she'd rather keep her 'daily downtime' and how important that is to her. What do you nannies think?

Thanks for your input!
Posted: March 01, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Pam J
I am looking for a 5 day/5night babysitter in Manhattan, Kansas. What would the going rate be?
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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Christine T.
I am a Nanny in Missouri. What would the recommended income be for having 6 boys this Summer ages 6, 5,4,3,2, and newborn? I currently watch four of the boys now and get $400 a week for the 5,4,3, and 2 year old with 48 hrs a week and do not feel it is enough. Suggestions?
Posted: February 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM
Jordan
I appreciate this helpful chart!
My largest concern though is, this chart was compiled just before the recession, at which point everything became far more expensive (of course). Is there an updated model of pay that Care.com could offer us, in light of recent financial changes in the US (higher income taxes, higher national minimum wage, etc)? Thank you.
Posted: February 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Nicole
Emily C. - what about the nannies that have college degrees in child-related fields? Are they "unskilled" laborers as you suggest? You sound like a NIGHTMARE employer. If you are unable to pay a nanny what they deserve then you are looking for the wrong kind of childcare. Go to a daycare center or a home daycare.
Posted: February 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM
Astride N.
Emily you have no idea what you re talking about in general. Nannies are unskilled? Uh, why don t you go ahead and hire any bum off the street then? Uh, and hello yes the parent/nanny relationship is that of a employee/employer dynamic but that doesn t give the employer the right to ask the employee to do whatever they want when it s not part of his/her job description. I don t know what world you live in, but hourly workers at let say, retail stores and coffee shops get paid overtime. Also, many nannies are salary workers. The main difference between a salary worker and an hourly worker is that the salary worker gets paid a set amount within however many hours as agreed upon in their contract no matter what, while hourly is based on hours so if the employer cancels you or you call in sick, you don t make money. I really don t know what salary versus hourly would have to do with employee/employer status. Either way, you re greatly misinformed.
Posted: February 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM
Eve C.
i am a nanny, i care for a 2 year 10=11.5 hours a day, get 2 more children ready for school and pick up from school and , get their baths, and shuttle them to their required after school classes or events, clean the house daily and do all grocery shopping, and 90 % of all cooking for the family do all laundry for the family of 5. its a 3 story home with 4 1/2 baths and 4 bedroom and 2 dens.i am in charge of organizing all their dresser drawers of clothes ,and kitchen and pantries , MY QUESTION IS THIS HOW DO I RATE ON A SCALE OF PAY FOR THIS KIND OF JOB, WHAT IS IT WORTH VALUE?
Posted: February 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM
Cheryl P.
Amy, I agree with you. Daycares usually offer a monthly fee that is equivalent to $5-8 an hour. I assume with a nanny you are getting the conveniences of not having to do the drop offs and pick ups. I actually have a part-time nanny because I think daycare is critcal for the social and cognitive development of children. However, depending on the amount of children, it becomes more cost effective to hire a nanny.
Posted: February 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Amy
Thanks for this article. I am shocked by how many parents want to pay $5-$10 an hour for one-on-one care for their child. If they want that rate, they need to look at day care centers.
Posted: February 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM
Emily C.
I kind of feel like I'm taking crazy pills here. I understand that you are responsible for children and that it has a direct effect on that child's life. Having said that, once you start getting into the $35K annual salary range, you are no longer an "hourly" worker. That's a salary, which means that I am your boss. To me, that means that you are on my time, every day, and if you are required to work late, you don't get overtime. The time it takes to get to your job doesn't get factored into your pay (as some have suggested). If you have to run errands, you don't get to tack that onto your pay either. This is how it is for salary employees in the real world. Not to mention, I would never pay someone $50/hour to clean my house. That's more than I make! It's time to call a spade, a spade - a nanny is unskilled labor. If you want to make more, look into getting a new career.
Posted: February 07, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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Djakata S.
So I would like to ask a question to the Nannies on here. I'm not sure if what my needs qualify as a Nanny or not but I do need someone to give my kids breakfast and take them to school in the mornings. The breakfast I would provide at here home. But, she/he would have to use their own car. Is that considered a Nannie or just a caregiver? What price should I charge because I really don't know.
Posted: January 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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Bethany D.
I agree with the first comment very much. There are a lot of comments I agreed with actually. I appreciate the families that understand that though we are required (by you, the parent) to love your child and give it our undivided attention, it IS A job we are trying to pay bills with, and it should be ok that I think of it that way. It doesn't mean I will slack on my job just because I don't call it something else. I also think it is silly that I can easily get $20 an hour for my housecleaning jobs, but literally be offered $3.81 an hour to watch two kids Mon- fri 5.25 hours a day. Yes, I was just recently asked to be a nanny for that little. It makes me sick. You spend more on coffee at that rate! We need toget paid why we deserve, but also what can be afforded. If you have a house keeper and slap down money on everything else, but what should be your top priority, you need to rethink some things. It is insulting to me when I'm offered so little. Especially if I'm more experienced and qualified than a 12 year old babysitter looking for money for cd's or whatnot. This pay chart is excellent and I plan on pointing it out to people who offer me so little from now on, as well as the people that are willing to pay decently. It seems a lot of parents still have the mentality that we are just like babysitters and should be paid the $5 an hour that was ok when we didn't have bills or responsibilities. We deserve respect and that means paying us with respect too. We take care of your most prized possession. Is it not with at least $10 an hour to you?
Posted: January 14, 2013 at 7:08 AM
Angel
Wow I came on this site because I want to ask for a raise. I currently am paid 20 an hour to watch two children. I have been with the family for over 3 years. I can not believe some of these comments and feel bad for the quality of care that your children are most likely getting when you are paying your nannies so little. There are many less expensive options. Not everyone can have the luxury of having a nanny but you get what you pay for.
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Member Care C.
Hi David,
These are all great questions! At Care.com we always encourage an open dialog with any individual you are looking to hire. A lot of these questions will need to be addressed on a case by case basis. My chief advice would be to compile this information into a job posting. Explain that it will be a consistent job, with inconsistent hours and that it would require over nights. Individuals will respond with what they are expecting and you can start the discussion there.
When it comes to taxes, benefits and pay rates these are actually good question to direct to our partners at Breedlove. They take the guess work out of being a household employer. Good luck David! I hope it works out soon.
http://www.breedlove.com/
Posted: January 02, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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David S.
NEED HELP!!! Please, from any current/former nannies or families who have hired a nanny in the past.

My situation is this: I am a single father of a nearly 10 year old daughter, who is pretty independent. My wife passed away earlier this year and my brother is currently living with us. I have to travel alot, anywhere from 1-3 times per month usually three nights per trip. My brother is moving out soon so I need a nanny (not a babysitter).

What I am looking for is someone who will be a live-in. I only need them to take care of my daughter when I am out of town and maybe one or two evenings a month, almost never on a weekend and they will have the entire day open since my daughter is in school from 8 until 4 then goes to after-school program until 6:30 (but I would like to do away with that) in addition to almost every weekend.

I do not need them to clean the house or do my laundry. There will be some after school activities (softball, girl scouts, etc) that will be necessary. I am willing to provide room and board as well as gas allowance depending on activities. I am even willing to put that person on our gym membership if they so desire.

My questions are:

a. In this situation is it best to come up with a monthly rate? If not, are "sleep" hours included into the equation? So if my daughter is home from 6pm until 8am is that 14 hours or would I take out the 9-10 hours she is sleeping?

b. How much does the room and board factor into the pay?

c. Do I HAVE to pay them as if I were their employer? Meaning, taxes, etc??

d. Does anyone ever provide health insurance to their nanny and is that something that is typically expected/required? If so, is that cost factored into their pay?

e. I have talked to several people here on care.com but it's hard to get come up with a price (but I will admit I just started this process a few days ago and have yet to speak with or meet with anyone directly.

Can someone give me a good idea, based on everything I have mentioned, what would be a fair price to offer someone on a weekly/monthly basis and how much of a difference should it be for someone who is 21 with little experience and someone who is 30 with years of experience.

Thank you so much for your help!
Posted: December 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM
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Courtney C.
I am currently trying to hire a nanny, and from what I have read or skimmed through, I think any job should be treated as a business and therefore each party should have some type of written document to protect all persons. That is why I am getting a contract formed and I hope that the nanny would have some type of documents as well. Like any job, requirements are expected and certain expectations are normally expressed before hiring. Whether nurse, firefighter, cashier or nanny, contracts are formed to let both party's have a legal agreement. Anyone who has a job should take it seriously and everyone should be respectful of all job positions. I appreciate the guidance from the article. I hope we are doing the jobs that we truly love.
Posted: December 06, 2012 at 8:17 PM
digruntled
I am a live in nanny in los gatos ca. I do not get paid, my room and board is my paya month. I did the math and see that i am being SEVERLY underpaid. What are my erights as far as the living situation. Can they kick me out without notice? Or 30 days? I dont have another place to live right now. Please help
Posted: November 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM
claughter
I am a nanny for a 10 year old. She is related to me, however I did explain to her mother this is strictly business when it comes to pay. She pays me $10 per hour, however activities for the child have increased dramatically. Which means I take the child to afterschool activities. How do I get reimbursed for travel gas/wear&tear? What is the price I ask for?
Posted: November 21, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Nannys husb
Just a note on wages for all...nanny's must make at least min wage of 7.25 an hour and get overtime. if you are working 40 hours a week then your nanny is getting about 45 hours a week. you MUST pay overtime on the 5 hours due to the Fair Labor Standards Act. so expect to pay a min $344.35 per week or $17,906.20 per year. Even more if you work long hours. If you are paying/making less it is CRIMINAL....lawyered :P
Posted: November 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Heather
I have been a nanny for six families, including one overseas, in the last twenty-one years. I was also a preschool teacher at a high quality preschool and a teacher at a special needs center during periods of that time span. I have found all of my families, with the exception of one, through nanny agencies. I have been with my current family for four years. I have a college degree, although it is not child related. My present nanny job is a part-time job ( 25 hrs), since both children are in school. I make $450 per week (net), and I am paid more for any extra hours, such as in the summer. They pay half of my insurance. I am paid when they are out of town, and additionally have my own personal vacation (two weeks) and sick days (3). I am also provided a cell phone. All of my other nanny jobs have been full-time nanny positions. Three of these families have provided cars to drive their children. I have taken care of familes with two - four children and have helped raise two sets of twins. This will probably be my last year with my current family, since the children are older and their needs are less and less for a nanny and more for a babysitter/chauffeur. Honestly, that is the toughest thing about my line of work: job security. You work hard to help the children become independent and responsible and you watch them grow up, needing you less and less. By then you have grown attached to the family and have established deep trust and bonds. Then your job is over and you have to to start all over with a new family. But that is the nature of the job. And if the children have outgrown their need of you or if the parents have been able to finally work less hours so that they can spend more time with their children, you look at these as good things, even if those endings make your future a bit shaky. I do not agree with any of the caregivers who have made it sound like they are parenting or doing the job of the parents. I am not the parent and know that my job is to assist the parents by caring for their children the way they have specified. I have been extremely fortunate in the familes I have worked for. I have always felt like we were a team. I have been very careful at navigating the fine line between being a family member and an employee. That is a tricky thing. I learned early on that because you work in someone's home and because your are taking care of their most cherished family members, parents have a tendancy to treat you like family. This is not good for either side. It's like the old saying that you shouldn't work with family. Every nanny/family should have a contract and should agree to revisit the contract once a year. Everything,- such as salary, vacation, sick days, overtime, duties, discipline, etc. should be spelled out. This will save both parties from a lot of misunderstandings. If you treat each other like family, it is more likely your employer will have a habit of running late or your nanny will constantly need to clock out early for personal reasons. At the same time, you can't treat this like a normal employee/employer relationship, because it is not. You are taking care of someone's children in their home. There needs to be a mutual feeling of respect and the nanny needs to feel like she/he is valued and that she/her opinions matter. I want to assist the parents in the raising of their children and if I know something because of my experience that can be can be useful, I want to be heard.
No one should become a nanny, unless they have a great love of children and a desire to be a positive force. As far as pay, though, nannies should expect to be paid fairly for the services they provide. I have never had trouble finding work as a nanny and have turned down several jobs, that paid more than I have ever made as a nanny, because I could tell it wasn't a good fit. I have even turned one extremely high-paying offer down because the couple wanted to pay me half of the finders fee, if I promised to not tell the agency they had hired me, so they wouldn't have the pay the rest. Right away this told me what kind of people they are. And yes, I did report them to the agency, because no matter what families think of the high price nanny agencies charge for their finders fee, they are providing a service and I owe them loyalty for all the wonderful familes they have found for me.
Being a nanny has brought wonderful peple into my life. Four years ago, I was married. Eleven children that I had nannied (one of them a godson) were in my wedding. Two of those children flew from far away to be in my wedding. Having all those children/young adults and their parents there on my special day, made it so much more meaningful and happy. What other job allows you to play such a meaningful part in someone's life and lifetime bonds? Having a nanny and being a nanny can be a great thing, it just has to be the perfect great match for everyone.
PS Knox - I am a Heather S, too. Don't lump all Heathers together, please!
Posted: October 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM
Member Care C.
Hi Melissa,
At Care.com we understand pay rates can be tricky to figure out. One tool we have at your disposal is the nanny calculator to give you an average pay rate for your area. I have attached it below. I hope you find it helpful. Thanks! Membercare
http://www.care.com/visitor/childCarePayCalculator.do?zip=&numChild=&yearsEx=999
Posted: October 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM
Melissa W.
Question for those reading this....we are not sure of what rate to pay a part time live in nanny. We live in Atlanta, one infant, once a week cleaning (no other domestic chores), she has no car and I will be at home (working) a good portion of the time. Proposed nanny has approx 2-3 Yrs exp and will have very private quarters and her own entrance. Speaks English but it is not great but has a specific language skill that I desire. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted: October 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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Posted: September 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM
MA
Sounds to me like a few nannies skipped Economics. As many have stated, nannies are professionals, and professionals are expected to pay their own taxes out of the salary averaged for that profession. It is lucrative to expect an employer to fulfill your civic duty of having taxes withdrawn. If, after tax deduction, you are not satisfied with the pay, you are in the wrong market. To ensure you get the compensation you see fit, join the many other Americans in a job search. As a professional, your services are only worth what an employer is willing to offer. A word of caution: you are likely to be appalled at the price tag business organizations place on your work. While many nannies point to the need for employers to read the original post, I point to your own lacking of industrial knowledge and the realistic economic operations of this country.
Posted: August 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM
knox
Heather S, whoever you are I hope I never hire you, in fact I may never interview a heather just in case. If that is how you feel about children and their parents, I am really sorry for all involved that you have chosen this as your profession. I am all for paying Nannies fairly (and in 6 years we have had 2 very happy nannies) and I can tell you we would NEVER hire you!
Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM
hbshearer
Stacci W.
You are being taken advantage of. It sounds as though they have played off your love for the job and the children and continued to add on duties. I hate to sound cynical, and it can be an awkward topic to approach, but you really should list the additional duties on paper and try to approach the parents with a possible negotiation of pay.
I pay $100 per day for child care and I came on this site to see if I was paying enough or too much. Nannies are not for everyone; it is less expensive to send kids to a center, but how much one on one are they really getting? You have to take that into account when looking at hiring a nanny versus taking kids to a center. AND, just saying, from seeing other posts, I definitely agree that being a military wife and nurse, it takes a bit of money out of the paycheck, but I think it's worth it in the end.
Hopefully, Stacci, you can find a way to approach the situation and get the raise you deserve.
HB
Posted: August 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM
Stacci W.
I have worked for the same family for almost 2 years, caring for two children. I started at $8 then after 30 days went up to $9. I was ok with this pay rate because she told me that the duties were playing, reading educational material, feeding, naps, and of course cleaning up after our daily activities. After about 6 months I was being asked to cook, do laundry (wash dry fold and up away), sweeping & moping, I am the one who takes them to the doctor, I give medical treatments, outings in my personal car(no gas reimbursement), work late and on holidays (no extra pay)and never receive my bonuses. When I reminded her that was not in my job duties and that I would be willing to adjust our contract and my pay for the added duties there is always a pause and trys to distract me. This family has the money and is very very well off. I am 32 have a over 15 years of experience, and am certified medical assistant, and have worked for them as I said for almost 2 years. I also have never had a pay increase. I love these children like the are my own. They come to my home and play with my kids, I never miss a soccor game for the older child and have raised the younger one from 4 months he calls me mommy which I discourage. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY THOUGHTS???
Posted: August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Laura W.
Seriously, some people want a nanny to do all the work of the stay at home mom, housekeeper, entertainer, educator and pay her barely anything. If you can't afford a nanny, the child needs to be in a group daycare. You get what you pay for. Someone offered me $250 every TWO weeks!. It would have been about $3/ hour. That's less than a 14 year old babysitter would get paid for a date night. Laughable. You'll pay to more to get your carpet cleans in one hour than someone to watch your kids for 50 hours.
Posted: August 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM
Emmy
I have been a career nanny for the past 8 years. I think people are confusing babysitters for nannies. I don't know any nanny that would work for $8-$14 per hour. I think people who complain about compensating a nanny fairly with both salary and benefits(medical, paid vacation, paid holidays, etc.) probably can't afford a real nanny to begin with. I have to be very honest and say that my previous employers and other families I have interviewed with have at least a gross yearly income of $200k or more. I also know that families that are looking for real nannies tend to go with professional agencies that run extensive interviews and background checks. They charge families looking for a nanny a retainer fee and a placement fee which can run upwards of $2000. They also do home visits and interview the hiring family to make sure they are suitable employers. These are not people looking to hire off of Craiglist or Care. All nannies are over the age of 21 and typically have either extensive nanny experience, a college degree, or have been trained at a professional nanny school(yes they do exist.)We typically sign a contract agreeing to at least 1 year and are paid through a payroll system that deducts taxes.I have been steadily employed and if anything the nanny industry is growing so I don't compromise on my salary. This is the reality of hiring a nanny and if it sounds like too much than a daycare center may be a better option for you. I also have to add that I have to be ruthless when it comes to negotiating my contract because I was taken advantage of early on in my career. At the end of the day I love what I do and I love the children I am helping to RAISE. I am not only present during working hours, I make it to soccer games, swim meets, birthdays and holidays(of course bearing gifts!)and school plays. I know the parents birthdays and anniversary's. I have not only met grandparents and other relatives, I become well acquainted and end up being friends with many of them. I take care of those children as if they are my own and I don't know of any babysitter getting paid $10 an hour who can say the same.
Posted: July 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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Patricia A.
To Hope and Lee, I believe you are not being paid enough! I know it's probably difficult to approach your employer but you should be getting at least $15.00 per hour! If they balk at that, start looking for another nanny position.
Posted: July 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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Christina M.
I have been a nanny and now I am mother looking for a nanny, so I can understand both sides of this debate. As a nanny, I later found I was being way under paid and that was very frustrating. However, as an 18 year old girl (at the time) the pay sounded good and I was willing to take the job.

Basically, what I can say is you will pay for what you get. You can't expect to pay a 26 year old with a degree and 8 years of experience the same as an 18 year old fresh out of high school.

As a mom, I make my pay clear. I can't afford to pay the big bucks, so I understand I am aiming at that 18-20 year old mark and that's okay. :-) If nannies aren't okay with my pay, they can continue looking for work.

I am a stay at home mom with a special needs child. As much as I would like to pay more, I pay what I can afford. I guess the simple matter is, if you don't like what I'm offering, don't apply. :-)
Posted: July 05, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Heather S.
To Jennifer G-

Sorry but the bottom line is that you honestly don't sound like you make the type of income to even afford a Nanny and are just making excuses as to why a woman should be paid a low salary. Not everyone is desperate and looking to take care of your kids for nothing just because "the economy is bad." Lol. Lots of families are stable and can afford to pay their Nanny well over $35,000 a year- which to you may be "good money" but to the rest of the world is not much. Nannies are working professionals too- and aren't for just anyone off the street who feels like they want their cake and can eat it too.. They have always been employed by the wealthy and paid SALARIES. Its only in the last decade or so that everyone and their brother thinks they are entitled to having a Nanny just because they want one and can offer a lousy $20,000 a year- which is probably less than Joe Blow is making at McDonalds and what you'd pay to have your kid in daycare anyway.. Sorry but no one is out to care for your little brats all day for your crumbs. Nannies can get very decent salaries if they aren't stupid. It's usually only the young girls in their early twenties or desperate woman from foreign countries that are willing to do this job for a salary that you can afford. Get a clue Lady- I would rather work at McDonalds making the same amount of money you'd be offering then give you free childcare.
Posted: July 05, 2012 at 2:59 AM
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Bobbie H.
I concur with the statements listed in the above article.

"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.

For part-time nannies, hourly nanny rates start around $12 per hour and can run as high as $20-25 per hour in affluent areas, particularly those without public transportation."

The services I provide as a part-time nanny for an infant are flexible; however, the range is between $10-12/hour. I also have very strong local references available upon request. I will tell you, it's not all about the money for me, which allows me some flexibility.
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM
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Bobbie H.
I have a true passion for caring for children, especially infants, and because of that, I am able to be a little more flexible with the rates I can accept when caring for infants. However, the cost of living is rising everyday and hopefully parents will recognize that while we love caring for children and value the trust given to us, bills still need to be paid and we're all not able to perform this much needed function for just the pleasure of it. My rates are truly competitive and I have very strong references who will back me on the TLC I provided to their children. Unfortunately, this website provides a pay category of $5-10/hour with the lower end being below the KS minimum wage. Expecting a qualified and experienced Nanny to be able to accept that is an unfair expectation. My personal rate is at the higher level of that category and I believe most parents will find difficulty in securing viable caregivers for much lower.
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 1:42 AM
Lee
I am in a similar situation as Hope. I am 18 years old and have been a lifeguard the past few years. I have certifications in first aid, CPR, life guarding, And AED. I work on average 10 hours a day for 5 days a week and get paid $60 a day. My responsibilities include entertaining (pool, bowling, movies, parks, games, etc.), feeding breakfast and lunch, bringing to sporting activities, cleaning the dishes, kitchen area, and dining area, and helping with the pets. The parents are divorced, however based on their cars and things they choose to buy, they seem to not have a money struggle. My parents are encouraging me to approach them asking for at least $70 a day, but of course it is not a comfortable subject to talk about. Is there any advise on how to handle my situation?
Posted: June 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM
Hope
Hello so I'm seventeen been babysitting since I was ten. This is my first official nanny job. I am a nanny for three boys and am required to clean the whole house. I am here for 8-11 hours a day. I get paid sixty a day and my boss the mother told me she thinks i'm getting over paid. Qite frankly I believe I'm getting under paid a little help from the professionals?
Posted: June 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM
Jess Z
This is crazy, people are commenting about being a "nanny" like it's not a HUGE DEAL, you essentially have the lives of a child in your hands. At the same time, being a nanny is also a job for that person, a person with bills and expenses just like you do. It's no easy task, taking care of someone elses child, having to decide wether or not to discipline on top of the cleaning, feeding, reading, TANTRUMS, potty training etc. They do EVERYTHING while you're not there, they know the ins and outs of your child, what blanket they like, what book soothes them, what they like for dinner or lunch. Then what happens, these children or child grow attached, I wonder why. Yet, they're not worth what another job is worth? Not only do I work 30-45 hours a week, my travel time is 9 hours per week (45 mins each way, 6 days a week). I make barely enough to afford my meager lifestyle. I have no benefits, no payed sick days or bereavement or god forbid vacation days.

If you can afford a nanny, I guarantee you have a good enough paying job to pay them what they deserve. If you don't, put them in a daycare where they'll have no special attention and no attachment. Let's see after that what you'd pay for that stability, and attention a nanny can give.

Treat these people like family (because your child sure does), but at the same time, be realistic, this is their income, this is how they live and support themselves. How would you like being underpaid for a job you put your whole heart into?
Posted: June 09, 2012 at 4:45 PM
Andrea M.
Ok, I realize you are doing a very important job, but...with a Master's Degree in Social Work, I cannot afford to pay anyone $16.50 an hour - Nurse or not. I pay $165 a week for pre-K in a certified Daycare/Preschool where my child gets breakfast & snacks & I provide lunch. A live in "nanny" would be very nice, but I prefer to be the one doing the Mommy thing in the home and my child to be able to get the social skills she gets out as she is an only child. Those who can afford $16.50 an hour and wish to, I think this is fine. In Utah you guys will go broke due to not enough clientele I believe.
Posted: June 07, 2012 at 11:33 PM
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Melissa M.
I have to agree with Amanda D., this information should be mandatory for families who are considering hiring additional help with their family. I have excellent credentials, vast experience, am CPR certified (at my own cost), have a current background check attached to my profile (at my own expense), and am currently a live-in to a family with multiple special needs children.

I have also found that most families don't realize what they are asking and how demanding the families AND the clients can be. I think it's rather rude to tell someone else, she should find another line of work for pointing out the pitfalls in the process in which she is a participant.

It can be difficult to find a good marriage between doing a good job you are being paid for and not being a door mat because your constantly asked to do 'just one more thing'. It is easy for a job that was supposed to be 25 hours a week to turn into 132 hours a week for no extra money. We, as nannies have to pay for our own expenses such as car insurance, personal products, soda pops, our own eat-out meals. Next thing you know your working to pay your own basic expenses. My suggestion to all nannies is learn to say NO. Keep your duties in line with what you signed up for. If you are asked to do more than 2 additional duties more than 1 time you should ask for some sort of compensation. Everyone needs to remember that this is a job for the nanny and the nanny should always remember that this is a job and treat someone else's home, belongings and chilren as such.

Raising children is the most demanding job their is. Frankly if you can't afford to pay for quality care maybe someone should stay at home with their own chldren. No one wants or deserves less than quality care in this line of business, there simply isn't room for less than the best, so be willing to pay for it.
Posted: May 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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Rubina L.
I am flexible if I like the little angle I am ready to start and get going.
Posted: May 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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Laurie F.
Marie,
You said it all! People don't bat an eye at paying for plumbers at $70 an hour, house cleaning at $50 an hour etc. How about all those cable channels? My goodness, if your money goes towards HBO and Showtime and the Sports Channels, and not towards the person that is becoming the model of a human being to your child..then you may be confused about how this all works. In case you didn't know...yes, your child is picking up not only your nannys mannerisms, but her morals, her affectations, her reasoning, her bias'...all between the ages of 3 months and 5 yrs. old. So you'd better not just be hiring anybody and make sure they have some kind of education in childcare.
Posted: May 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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Bridget B.
This is a fantastic article and I agree with the first comment that everyone on care.com should read this and have an understanding of what they should expect to pay in relation to what they expect from a child care provider.

I live in Denver Colorado in a metro/urban area where the cost of living is high. I make $35,000 a year or $16/hr, I get a review every 6 months for a raise, 2 weeks paid vacation, 5 paid sick days, all major holidays off, and a gas stipend. I have a college degree in Early Childhood Development and over 8 years of teaching and child care experience. I feel that my salary and benefits are fair and I like having the opportunity for growth; it keeps me wanting to to do my job to the best of my abilities because I am rewarded and appreciated for my efforts. My benefits are similar to any other business job and there really isn't any reason a nanny shouldn't receive the same benefits as in other work environments. My other nanny friends make a similar salary and have similar benefits.

For those of you posting you can't afford this and think it is ridiculous for any nanny to expect that kinda of salary and benefits, I think you may not understand the nature of the job. If you are looking to pay $10 an hour or $200 a week for child care then you should not be looking for nanny you should find a day care center. Day care centers are much more affordable because There are many affordable options for child care available but hiring a nanny is not the most affordable. You should know before your search that if you want a nanny you will be paying a higher price. A nanny is like private child care for your child. We all know how expensive private school is, so in the same sense that you know you will be paying high tuition costs for your child to attend a private school you should also expect to pay a high salary to a nanny providing private child care.

You can find a nanny that will work for $8 dollars an hour but just know you will not be getting the best care for that price, nor should you expect the best care. I agree with Amanda's statement that I see many job postings on care.com with very high job expectations paying very little per hour with no benefits. This article is a good way for parents to set realistic expectations for child care.
Posted: April 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Marina N.
I'm actually really surprised at the comments that say that they do not agree that a nannies should be getting paid as much as they do. Yes nannies are expensive, they're the most expensive type of child care there is, but think about the perks. You as the parent can control the schedule, whether or not they leave the house, how you want matters like discipline, toilet learning etc. to be handled, what the meals look like etc. Not to mention that you are paying for the individualized one-on-one child care. Most nannies also have light household duties so yes it's expensive but you do get what you pay for and most families understand this and would gladly pay for the perks.

For those families that can't afford or struggle to afford a nanny there are other childcare options for them. There's childcare in centers for example which is a lot less expensive than hiring a nanny. Or there's family child care which is when the caregiver cares for children in her own home, this is usually even less expensive than center-based child care and the groups stay relatively smaller than center-based child care. Both are group care though which has it's own perks (like socialization for your child) but you have almost no say in how their program is run so finding the right fit for you may take a little time.

If you still want more individualized child care but don't want to pay the high cost there are co-ops which are becoming more popular now. This is when families share and switch childcare duties and no money is ever exchanged (one mom will watch another moms children a few days out of the week and then switch). There is also the option to get an au-pair which is an exchange student that comes to live with you while he/she studies. Typically an au-pair will watch your children full-time in exchange for room and board and a small allowance.

There are options out there for everyone which fit their financial needs, you just have to find it. And I have to stress that when talking about a nanny, yes you will pay more, it's the most expensive type of childcare out there. If you think it's too expensive then looking into a different child care option is best. And remember, the more experience, training, education (related to child care) the nanny has ... the more you will pay.
Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Chenome
Jack,
Would you work for room and board and the occasional few bucks here and there for gas and such?
I would ask myself what this guy is getting out of this job and install a nannycam.
Posted: March 22, 2012 at 3:03 AM
jack
Just wanted to give a huge THANKS to the author of this article. It has been incredibly helpful. My wife and I have had the amazingly good fortune of having a close friend, who happens to be a pediatric nurse, as a live-in nanny. He is absolutley amazing with our two year-old. The best part is he does this for room and board and the occasional few bucks here and there for gas and such. We do not make nearly enough money to afford such as this, so I count my lucky stars that we have our nanny/friend. My wife however has lately been getting upset, complaining that the nanny does not clean enough and such. This article gives me all the ammo I need to put an end to the debate permanently. Thanks again - One lucky father.
Posted: March 06, 2012 at 8:29 PM
Marie
I have been on both sides of this subject. I encourage all to look at every option available and review it often. I was a nanny in college and I have had great quality child care and paid dearly for it. I have also taken time off from my profession and made sacrifices to do so based on the big picture (cost of child care, quality of available child care, time spent w kids,etc). Currently I work in a job that if not my first choice professionally because it is more flexible & conducive to family demands. When I do need child care I usually ask the rate and if someone asks a lot and are a good fit I give it (painfully) more often I find very fair prices quoted and I give more perks and round up their rates because I appreciate their fairness. I now have a child getting ready to babysit and I am teaching her what it means to provide safe, effective, compassionate care for the family, not just the child. She has already experienced the generosity of families for appreciation of her skills, attitude and fair rate.

I have known many families who complain about the cost of child care yet don't bat an eye for the landscaper at $100 bucks an hour, the electrician @ $70, the house cleaning for $50... There is choice more important than how we raise our children!
Posted: March 02, 2012 at 3:04 PM
Maria G.
I am a parent who went to college, then grad school, then training and licensure on top of that. Ten years later, I owe 179K in student loans, yet pay is pay. I never went to a job expecting to make more than my profession was worth. I can tell you that working for someone else, I made somewhere around 60K BEFORE TAXES. Now, I am lucky to stay at home while our second baby is 10 months. My husband is a doctor and I can tell you that while his job is lucrative, we have tons of expenses. He has his own set of 160K loans and he works like a dog so that we are comfortable. I don't feel bad because we have both worked hard to get where we are. We don't drive fancy cars, but we may splurge going to Disney one too many times a year with the boys. So, do I think I need to pay someone twice minimum wage for my area? Pay them 41K? Most nannies I have come across have not have completed their formal education and if they did, do not work in their field because there are no jobs or the pay is so poor. Some nannies have quit their previous nanny jobs or are constantly in search of another job that pays more, but the truth is that hard economic times affect everyone, even the boss. As a parent, it is surprising that someone would think that we are paying someone to parent our child. There is no such thing. There is so much that goes on to caring for a house and family that goes way beyond the 40 hours a nanny may work. Seriously.
Posted: February 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Richelle R.
We are a military family, and I don't work, but we live thousands of miles away from any family or friends, and I need to go to school. So, I put up an ad and stated what I was willing to pay for the measly 12 hours a week that I'll need help, and that was my offer, fair and square. It didn't change when I interviewed anybody, and if they don't feel like they are making enough with me, then don't work for me!!! Military is WAYYYY underpaid, but they still do their job anyway... in this economy, people need to be happy to have jobs. If you don't like getting paid $12 an hour step aside, because I can guarantee you there is someone out there thanking God for the opportunity and the money in their pockets!
Posted: February 06, 2012 at 3:02 AM
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Lynda D.
I really don't read others comments... But this should be read by all parents. I mean...you're paying someone to be practically another mom/Dad. What price would you put on being a parent. You can't. So just pay reasonably. The people who do this work do it for a living and do it because they love children. Maybe they're single parents that need to support their own children. Have you ever thought of that.
Posted: January 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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Nicole B.
I understand where parents are coming from when they talk about the cost of child-care and having a nanny. As a poster pointed out, an average family earning $40,000 year can't really afford to pay a nanny upwards of $35000 a year. I also understand where nannies are coming from when they talk about being offered rates that are unreasonable. The fact of the matter is there are two types of families, and two types of nannies (and lots in between). Personally, I make $42,000/ year. Nannying is a career for me, and I have done it for over 6 years. I am upfront with my rates, and only talk with families who are on the same page as me. We tend to have great long-lasting relationships. I am a happy employee, and I work hard and provide excellent care to my charges. I also know that there are families out there who need childcare but can not afford the $15-$20/hr rate. There are nannies out there for them, or daycares, or in home centers... but it is up to them to locate those services, and should not take offense by nannies that are out of their price range. Fact of the matter is, this is my career, I am good at it, and I will only work for what I deserve. Thank you.
Posted: January 03, 2012 at 6:55 PM
Plumber Atlanta
You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.
Posted: December 10, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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Diane C.
I have 18 years of childcare as a licensed provider. I have recently gone to a Nanny interview. It was for a new baby. When I was there I suppose I took over the conversation, but I was so exited to be talking about all the wonderful times I had with the children I cared for and what I did with them like reading, puzzle time, crafts, cooking, learning colors,123's the ABC'S. I JUST LOVE children!!!!! And I LOVE how they see the world... they see the simple things in life. I took a break from the childcare for like 10 years and started a small business, which I am wanting out of now and am trying to hand down to my son. I told them it was because I felt like the love of children was being robbed from me, that was wrong... but I needed a break. Well, I started to get teary eyed, my passion for children was showing threw. I don't know if I looked fake but its not what I even expected. I realize now I shouldn't talk so much or CRY!!!. The parents wanted to talk too. Its not so much about the money... I would like to make more than the 21 year olds, its more about The love of children. I have not heard back from the parents... I just feel like they missed out on a GREAT Nanny!!!
Posted: December 09, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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Nancy F.
Jennifer G.
Well said. I agree with everything you wrote. I have had several caregivers since my first son was born. Our first was AMAZING. Unfortunately we lost her to another family who offered more money and more perks. We just cannot afford 35+k a year even though she and our sons are certainly worth it.
Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:17 PM
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Angela F.
As a parent looking for a nanny i have frequently had to face the over the table / under the table question. When I reply that we would be doing things legally, the price gets raised dramatically. Frequently, nannies talk in terms of how much money they want to take home at the end of the week, not what they deserve to be paid. While I can respect that you have bills, I have to say that when you price your self out of a job because of my obligation to follow the law, you make me question your morals. If a nanny needs to get $500 a week in take home pay a week, tell me up front. I know what my budget is and if you fit. Please save me and you some time. Once we figure out pay, a once a year bonus equal to a week's pay is entirely reasonable and should be expected.
Posted: December 07, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Alison M.
I just believe that so many of these comments are ridiculous. We are all just people in a cycle, looking for help, or looking for work. There are always going to be hard working woman that have to scrape the money together so her children are better off, but you cant be upset when a woman who worked her butt off for a degree asks for more money. If she didn't, what separates any other person with out the degree from the next? Everyone has to work hard in this world to move up, so we all have to respect that, because you are them, cause at one point in your life you are going to be in those positions.
Posted: December 05, 2011 at 12:06 AM
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Jennifer G.
Perhaps nannies who expect $16.50/hr and are not getting it should look at reasons why...

If you truly believe you are qualified to earn that amount, maybe you are not looking in the right geographical area.

$16.50/hr at 40 hours per week is nearly $35,000 annually. Considering that most working parents are required to clock a minimum of 40 hrs at their jobs, and need commuting time, it's actually closer to $39,000 per year. After paying a nanny's employment taxes, reimbursing gas, vacation/sick time, and holiday bonuses you are well over $50,000 annually. I can not imagine that there are that many families with the means to pay that kind of salary.

The families that do have $50,00/year to spend on childcare, I imagine are looking for a certain type of person, and maybe you don't fit their mold. However shallow you may think it is, people's perceptions play a large part in their choice to even give the opportunity for an interview.

In addition, I don't agree that your major and minor in college contribute to your hourly wage, necessarily. I've found many loving, caring, and extremely competent individuals who do not even have college degrees. If you need to earn a salary closer to $50k, go use your education and work as a nurse. I hold three highly specialized degrees from a top-ranked university... However, if I chose to work as a nanny, or ANY field that did not REQUIRE my specific degrees, I would not expect the same compensation as if I worked in that industry. It has nothing to do with the value a family places on your job nor their value for the care of their children.

Furthermore, in this economy, we should all be thankful to have employment. Incomes are going down no matter what your job: from sanitation workers to CEOs, everyone is hurting and feeling the effects. Even those families who live in big homes may be struggling to make ends meet as a result of shifting economy. They may be upside down in their mortgage, unable to sell, or many other factors that aren't anyone else's business.

I feel fortunate to have a job with a stable company, but I know that I could be out of a job if my company has a down year, is involved in a major lawsuit, or falls victim to the ever more stringent guidelines imposed on corporations. If I find myself without employment, my nanny would unfortunately find herself in the same predicament. Even with the job I have, there have been budgetary cuts across the board that have affected MY bottom line, requiring me to work TWICE as hard to not only keep my job, but to also try to bring home the same amount of money I did last year.

The bottom line is that None of us, regardless of our job title, should feel ENTITLED to anything in this world.
Posted: November 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Tony K.
I'm a single dad who recently won custody of my two daughters. I need help badly (I have two jobs) but can't afford what a lot of these girls need, and frankly deserve. I've never asked an accountant, lawyer, landscaper, electrician or plumber to "give me a break" and do it for less. Any of these ladies who take care of other peoples children at a reduced rate are Saints. They have to eat, buy gas, buy clothes, buy Christmas gifts, pay for insurance, and get haircuts just like the rest of us. I think a nanny who is only in it for the money either changes families every few weeks or isn't a nanny for very long. And, the bait and switch isn't fair either. If a parent feels the nanny is only in it for the money, don't hire her. If a nanny feels like she was baited....don't take the job.
Posted: November 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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Norma R.
hello, i am a babysitter and i think all caetakers should be paid a reasonable amount but when i come accross a family that needs the help but cant afford it i always negotiate with them even if the pay is not fare. I always try to charge $8/hr but some families cant afford that, so we negotiate. Overall i enjoy helping families and spending time with children.
Posted: November 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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Linda V.
Melissa, I believe this forum is for us to post our feelings, not be censured if posted in a respectful manner. I've experienced exactly the same situation, it's the old bate and switch, and most of the folks have lots and lots of money, but skimp on the person who is spending more time with their child than they are. I just dont' get it. They care more about their perfect cars than getting a perfect nanny. And you get what you pay for.
Posted: November 15, 2011 at 9:22 PM
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Loretta L.
I ask what caregivers hope to be compensated on a weekly basis. If it's more than the private school I send my older son to, I know that they are not the caretaker for ME. There are other families, I'm sure, who can and will pay that.

It's hard for parents to afford care. For example, the national average salary is $41,000. After taxes and benefits, one is bringing home $1100 every two weeks. If a full time caregiver asks for $15 an hour that totals $1200 every two weeks. It doesn't make sense for the parents to work at that point.
Posted: November 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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Shani B.
I agree with both statements. Though I feel like Melissa took way too personal a general statement that actually didn't apply to her. I Nanny because I love it, but I have to make a living as well as pay back student loans. Some parents post what they are willing to pay and then try to negotiate or nickle and dime later. It's not right and puts care givers in an awkward spot. If a family is in a tough spot I always try to help them out, but parents please understand that if a nanny is doing you a favor and a service, be kind and let them know you appreciate them. It makes an empty wallet feel a bit better.
Posted: October 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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Melissa F.
Amanda, not every mom can pay that amount and some nannies are willing to work for less. I have had terrible experiences with nannies that I have tried to pay. If you are not qualified, have CPR, etc then that brings the price down. It also depends on the kids, the work you do around the house, etc. If you think nannying is not for you, then find another job... but don't post negative comments. Also, a lot of military families can't afford to pay 16.50 an hour. A lot of them are forced to move away from family and it is very hard to find someone right away to help them out with their children. I can see it is about the pay for you. I wouldn't hire you because money is number one on your list. I am a nurse & army wife. I will advocate for those people that need help and appreciate all the nannies/ babysitters that do help for less out of the kindness of their heart. I am glad there are still wonderful people out there. Like I said, if you don't like what you see move one and get another job that will pay more. You seem to want to be paid more & not do much. If you want more pay, continue on your education!

Thanks to all the wonderful nannies that have been there for families in the military that have really needed you & understand that sometimes it is more than the money. Some families just need your help. Thank you again! :-)
Posted: October 07, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Amanda D.
This should be mandatory to read for parents who sign up on care.com due to the fact that I have spoke to about 10 families all who posted 10 to 15 an hour but do not want to pay it. More so when I am way more qualified then most with a major in Nursing and a minor in child psychology with 9 plus yrs exp and for 2 children I was getting offered 12 an hour when it should be 16.50. This should be mandatory for them to read so they understand this is not just a little job. Its more than a job. And I have not met one family who has thought about that.
Posted: September 01, 2011 at 1:53 AM
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