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Posted by HIDDEN in Buffalo, NY

Am I getting paid even close to enough per week for babysitting 2 year old twins?

I am a full time nanny for 2 year old twins. I work Monday through Friday 8:30am until 4:30pm. So thats 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day & every Friday I get paid $225, which means I make $45 per day.... for 2 kids!!?? I'm making $5.625 per hour and I think it's kind of crazy/ridiculous. I am so good to this family, everytime they need me earlier in the morning because they have a meeting, I always say yes, I am here for every physical, occupational & speech therapy session (the kids were premies so they are a little delayed so they need special services) & I am beyond reliable. It's my only job and it's exhausting so I can't even imagine getting a 2nd job nor do I think I should have to, but I live on my own and I cant pay my rent & other bills if I'm only getting $225 a week. I really need some advice either from other nannies or some parents... please & thank you!!

  • You should be making $400 minimum. I am also voicing my opinion as a mother of three kids under four. Everyone should have the right to have a family; especially for those who are loving and responsible. Also middle class people make about the same as sitters are looking for and daycares charge, especially for more then one child. It is so expensive. Parents need money to pay bill, food, clothes, and other activities for the children. I doubt anyone is trying to underpay someone they trust they’re precious children with. They are not trying to scam anyone. And yes if they are working and have children parents need help with cleaning and laundry Because it’s hard to juggle with kids especially when working. The whole system is impossible. I understand nannies need to make a living too. Something has to change for families. We need to put childcare as a priority in this country. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

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  • Definitely not getting paid enough! You should kindly but directly take it the parents. Tell them the truth--you aren't getting paid enough to support yourself. You'd like to continue working for them, but can't if they can't pay you more.

  • Frankly, I charge 10-15/hour. This is a job, whether people acknowledge that or not. I don't think it's fair for families to pay us so little when we're taking care of the most important thing in their life. Child care is WORK and I don't think there's any issue with you asking the family to up the pay a little bit. I recently saw one ad where a family was offering to pay $2/child... that's absurd and offensive to think anyone would think that is a fair pay.

  • The average nanny in the U.S. is paid $705 a week. This family isn't even paying you minimum wage for the hours you're working. If you can't pay your bills, you are 100% not getting paid close to enough.

  • Wow, I can't believe anyone would dream of paying so little for the care of their children. You should be making an absolute minimum of $10 per hour. For twins, I think a minimum of $15 per hour is more reasonable. I think you should tell the family that you cannot continue to work for them at the rate they are paying. Tell them what your new rate is ($10 to $15 per hour) and start looking for a different position. If they don't step up to pay to pay you more, they can find another sitter who will do it for less, but I'm sure they will get what they pay for. Best of luck to you!!

  • Since you are not getting minimum wage you are definitely not getting paid enough! If you work more than 40 hours a week you should get overtime or at least a better wage than minimum wage to offset the extra hours. It does depend on where you live- but I think $10 an hour would be reasonable in most parts of the country. I live in NYC and pay $15 an hour. Don't settle for less than minimum wage...

  • I agree that you are not making minimum wage so you are not being treated fairly. I You are caring for twins which is twice the work! It sounds to me like you are helping and supporting this family in ways that are not common to every nanny. Caregivers should average AT LEAST $10 an hour. You are caring for twins so if I were you I would want $15- $20. You are worth it.

    • Oh great so only the rich gets childcare help and the rest welfare. The middle class working adult makes about the same and daycares cost a lot too. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

    • Nicole from Rocky Hill, CT… In what world is it ok for the OP to make less then minimum wage? No world. A nanny is a luxury, there is also day care as an option and some facilities have sliding scale rates for families. No one should go into debt to help someone who can’t afford a proper wage. - HIDDEN from Santa Cruz, CA

    • I am not saying someone should go in debt and if you’ve read my other post I do feel the sitter is under paid but it is not as easy as you think. Daycares are expansive too and even home daycares with sliding scales. You have to do acrobatics to qualify and get what is needed for assistance. This is not to mention that programs keep getting shut down or cut. A change is in need. I like many others wanted a family. I’m not rich and not poor. My income as an educated adult is about $15 an hour before taxes. I can’t afford a sitter with that so I ended up quitting (like many others ha to.) I Worked online when kids sleep. I get no sleep. I start to fall toward lower class line and need state assistance. All because I wanted children. I’m almost 40. It’s not like I’m a young teen or 20 year old. I deserve a family too. Daycares need to charge less and governments need to help more and stop shutting down programs. Isn’t this what it’s all about to live in peace and harmony and care for our children. The world is so greedy. I also feel parents that need a nanny service because if you have more then one kids a nanny is more affordable not a privilege, we should have the ability to pay them. While I’m on it. Please government don’t hault or close care4kids. We as a society need the program and more like them. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

  • I'm a Nanny currently searching for a new position and yes, I would say that you are being underpaid. I was a Nanny for twins once for over 2 yrs. and took home over $300 a week! If it were me in this situation, I would definitely be seeking more money.

  • I would have to say NO you are not getting enough. I dont know what state your in but In California it is 9 dollars an hr for minimum wage and if those little ones are special need you in another case of your own. They need to be offering at lease 2 times your minimum wage I think. I have been in the business for many yrs and think your not getting pain enought. Maybe you can ask for a raise.On here you can do a wage check in your area x 2 so check it out. Good luck sweet girl and keep up the great work.

  • Good Morning, You could go to a school and work as a teacher assistant and make more than that. I would say you should be getting no less than $300-400 a week, especially if you have been called on at such short notice. Your flexibility should be taken into consideration. I would address this concern with the parents.....

  • You are highly under paid! Shame on that family! You should be making at least $10-15/hour. What that family is doing is illegal! Find a new family and take them to court over their illegal doings.

  • I have a serious problem with the 10.00 an hour business. Where is that a liveable wage. I strongly suggest these people take their children to a daycare center and pay them. Parents have this idea that it is much cheaper to higher someone to come to their home, clean their house, care for their children, do laundry, prepare meals and they dont have to do anything but shell out some chump change. They are getting this idea from all of you who will do this for 10.00 an hour. We are not in this industry to benefit them, and how dare they. When did it become someone else's responsibility to sacrifice food and shelter to make life easier for the parents. We will never get the respect that some of us deserve when there are those that are willing to work for slave wages. It is ILLEGAL, and salary is for their benefit not yours

    • Daycare costs just as much or more, especially if you have more then one kids in care. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

    • Chump change?! You have kids? You work a job other then childcare. It’s not chump change. Patents higher nanny cause they need the help. They work hard and want the best for the children. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

    • Nicole from Rocky Hill, CT… So would you go do your job for less then minimum wage? With your logic: you work hard and your boss needs help; that is why you were hired. So please only keep $5.25/hour of your wage gross and give away the remainder. Our country has MINIMUM WAGE LAWS for a reason! So that employees can theoretically have a living wage. Federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour; California is $10.50/hour and San Francisco is $13/hour. Each state and city is different. The parents should sent their children to a child care center, some offer on a sliding scale— but the workers their make at least minimum wage. It’s a win-win for all; a nanny doesn’t make a slaves wage, a family gets childcare, a childcare worker gets a proper pay check, and heck the family if playing their cards right might pay less.

      HIDDEN from Santa Cruz, CA

    • When I was the sitter and nanny we only were paid couple of bucks an hour. Even during this time it was way below minimum wage. I remember watching three small children for an entire summer and then after school. Sitters working as a living is relatively a new common phenomena. I don’t think these families always understand that. Only the very rich had nannies and not all families needed both partners to work in the past. Things are very different nowadays and I don’t think that struggling families and new nannies understand this and that the struggle of trying to make this work without going poor is a problem for both parties. It’s really neither side’s fault; it’s the economy and society nowadays. I just want both sides to understand where the other one is coming from and somehow we need to find a way to make this work. An average family should have the ability to survive and a nanny needs to make enough to pay his or her bills. Of course, the entire economy is struggling currently and it’s not just the families and nannies that are feeling the pain. - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

  • Why did you even accept a job paying that low? Sadly, people will buy the most expensive car and the largest house, but want a bargain when it comes to childcare. And I don't blame the employers. I blame the caregivers for accepting such ridiculous wages which just validates people's idea that you should not receive a decent wage. We need to stand up for ourselves and demand what we are worth. Twins with special needs require a lot of work and responsibility. You should be making $15 an hour.

  • You are way underpaid. Drop the position and find a family who will compensate you fairly for your time. Or at least sit down and talk with them and let them know your feelings about compensation.

  • it sounds to me like you are not paid enough. i would ask the family for a raise or either ask for less time working for them so that you can have time to work another job so that you can manage your bills.

  • I would not do that for anything less than 500.00 a week.

  • Honey, you are not a "babysitter" your a nanny. 2 kids twins or not should be a minimum of $15 per hour. I get that for 1 child. They are taking advantage of you.

  • You should at least be getting 60.00 a day, that is def. Not enough money.

  • At least minimum wage for your area. ALWAYS. There are laws protecting you from that. http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/co... page 14 explains that you are protected. You need at LEAST minimum wage for your state, plus I'd say at least $4 an hour. Also, anything beyond 40 hours is subject to overtime (time and a half)

  • They are using you and taking advantage of you. You are self employed, so after paying your mandatory taxes it comes out to be roughly $3 an hour. Shame on them! I just saw another cheap scape on the board today: they are seeking a nanny to take care of (3) children in which 1 is a toddler and the other 2 are also young in elementary school age, but will not be attending school, due to summertime school's closed for that area. They want to hire for just summertime help. Here in San Diego, Ca $335 per week ÷ 43 hours = to $ 7.79 per hour. After paying your taxes here as self-employed you'll be paid roughly $3 an hour equaling $1 per child. Good luck with trying to get fair pay from them. Even fastfood joints pays at the very least around $9 an hour. With two part time jobs you will be swimming in a whole lot of dollar bills.

  • Hell no, thats illegal first and second they are definitely taking advantage. No less then $20 an hour especially for twins.

  • Definitely not getting paid enough, thats horrible of them as they should have done their research! I am in RI but taking care of infant twins and I get $18hr plus 3 weeks paid vacation.Be honest with them and let them know.Hopefully they will give you alot more :) Good Luck!

  • Pay normally ranges on where it located and the type of family. But if it anywhere in a city like New York. You are getting completely UNDERPAID. For twins at that age you should be making at least $15 a hour for one child then $17-20 for two children. So you should be making about 600-800 a week. but that depends where you are located.

  • How did you negotiate your pay rate when first starting with this family? In my area 15 dollars an hour is the bottom range of pay for 2 children. Google your area for pay rates or check with care.com. When I signed up they gave me a suggested rate to aim for and accept a little lower if offered and meets your budget. If you are being offered less than the fair salary for your area - re-negotiate your contract. I nanny for 17 month old twins and I understand your exhaustion. If they are unwilling - it may be time to find a family to pay a fair wage. I left a job because I wasn't being paid a fair wage and was expected to do housekeeping as well.

  • I should add Infant day care in my area costs 200-350/week. For 2 babies that would be 400-700/week. 700/week would be fair for twin's. To Caroline W., you said "To be fair to the family though, pay rates should have been discussed" wrong. The family is an employer and therefor is responsible for paying minimum wage or more. This girl could theoretically take them to court for back wages, and win, in most cases, especially in liberal areas.

  • I on average get payed about $8-10 and hour, which I think is fair for two kids. Working 40 hours a week, in a physically demanding job I would suggest you get payed at least $300 a week, and that's pushing it. $320 would be the rate for an $8/hour pay rate, which I think is more than fair. if you feel you're not making enough, approach the family fairly and with an open mind. To be fair to the family though, pay rates should have been discussed before the job started to avoid these problems.

  • Getting paid a little over $5/hour for 2yr old twins is totally unreasonable. I am not sure how much experience you have, but look for another position. They are taking advantage of you asking to come early and knowing you will. If this is all this family can pay, Thats understandable, but if they both work F/T..Is this all they value there children for. This is how you make money to pay your bills, so by all means look for another position.

  • Ok well I would tell the family that you need your hourly raised because you are taking care of two children and its double the work. You tell you need 550.00 a week to beable to live comfortable.

  • Daycare for one child can range from $125 a week and up at the cheapest. That's what I paid for my daughters daycare. That sounds about right, but if it is causing you financial stress you should consider talking to the family that you work for about your situation.

  • You are definitely being taken advantage of!!!! You deserve at least $15 an hr. You nerf to understand your value :-)

  • I don't think that is a very fair wage at all! If the family truly cares about you then you should sit them down and ask for a raise. if they cannot do that then it might be time to look for another family. I know this is probably going to be hard because I'm sure you adore those beautiful babies but you need to look out for yourself as well. You shouldn't be killing yourself for less than minimum wage!!!

  • That is ridiculous, they are taking advantage of you, speak up for more money or its your own fault! Sorry to be so blunt but that's the truth and until you change it, it won't change or stop

  • Wat the heck!!!

  • Of course not. No one can survive on $1000 a month. Especially when you working full time with two special need kids. I'm sure a family needs all help they can get, but you should defiantly talk about a raise

  • Dear Nanny,it sounds to me that you`re getting used.You should ask for a raise or leave them,you will find better paid jobs. I also cared for twins ( from 2 month old now 7,5 month old ),I had nothing else to do except take good care of the boys. The job started at 7:00am to 4:00 pm and I got paid $ 2000 a month for 4 days a week( $ 125 a day )because that is a very good pay the family is getting some extras,like light cleaning, laundry etc. Of cause only when the boys are sleeping. Talk to your family and tell how much work it is to care for twins and don`t let them use you anymore,learn how to say no.

  • Hi there, I'm not sure where you live, and what the average nanny makes in your area, but that does seem VERY low for the work you are doing. I live in Seattle, and the minimum I charge per hour is $20. I have more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education and working with families and I have a college degree. Depending on your experience, qualifications and where you live, I would at least be charging $15/hour or more. I hope this helps!

  • Cayla??! No!!! Oh sweetie you deserve so much more. I would put in your notice ASAP. I am going to assume, for there sake that they're in a bind and can't afford much. If that is not the case they're taking advantage of you to the full core. I would try to be honest with much compassion so you can still use them as a reference. Cause if they could afford more and won't ...its a A huge red flag to get out of that job. I got 650 a week for a live in, near Chicago. I don't think it would be enough even if it was a live in. Get out!!! People can do amazing things in a very short amount of time. Start interviewing ASAP get hired and give your notice. Sometimes for the right family I give a month or 3 week notice. That should be more than enough. But if you can't make the rent. Then 2 weeks is enough. I wish you well. You deserve more!!

  • $10-15/hour per child is what you should be getting paid, you are getting under paid for so much of your time. What those parents are doing is slaving you around under the impression that you are getting paid. You can make more money at the McD and other food chain corporation, or even bagging groceries. I highly recommend you to quit this job or at least demain a raise. What they are doing to you is just unjust.

  • Find another job.

  • Did you talk about how much you would be paid before you were hired? It is really hard to live on your own at $225 a week. If you can't or don't want to get a second job, and you like your job now, just be honest. Sit down with the family and explain you are living on your own and have bills and rent. That you have done the math and make $225 a week and it is not enough. As them if there is anyway they could pay you a little more. If so, that's great. If not and you really need the money, find another job.

  • Ive been there darling, and the best thing you can do is be honest with yourself, and with the family that you're working for. You can still have a great relationship with that family without working for them. So dont feel afraid to be open and honest with them. Just say, its not working out and you'll either have to make minimum wage at the least or find another job. Ive found families who loved me so much that they were committed to blessing me and actually paid me 15$ an hour for a full time job. Which meant that I was making 600 dollars a week. And because of that I really gave all to blessing and helping their family. I pushed myself everyday to teach the kids and cook them well rounded meals. If your hard efforts are not being paid for fairly, then they will have to either find a nanny who gives them 5$ an hour serves, or pay you what you are worth! Good luck!

  • You should go to the family and talk to them about how you feel. Tell them others make that much for one child and what could they do. be ready to give notice if things do not go well. They have done nothing illegal you took the job for that amount. This is how we learn

  • I have been watching three year old twins since birth. I go to their house two to four days a week. I feed them lunch, help with potty training, play, and put them down for nap. I am there for almost five hours. I am getting paid every two weeks, under the table, twenty or twenty five dollars.

  • Maybe you should look into talking to them everything you said sound like a good conversation to have with the people you are working with. Asking to raise your pay a little it's that or you find another job.

  • The average babysitting pay now in the US is almost 13 per hour for one child you are definatally being under paid. If you are not making at least 10 per hour than find a new job i know we grow attached to them but you have to live as well and really the pay or the kids should be at least 13 per hour plus gas if you are using your own car for travel of the kids. money is always a difficult topic with everyone but fair is fair and they can't expect you to be in poverty for providing for their family. Good Luck Bill

  • talk to them or try to fine another full time job, they should be paying to you at least the lower 11 per hour

  • Oh this is completely unacceptable. I highly recommend they check out day care for the twins. This would be about 400.00 per week for both children, then they will be responsible for getting them there daily, they must pack their lunch and snacks, and stay within the center's time. No one will clean their house, do their laundry, or cook their meals while providing care for those twins, and there is NEVER one on one attention. I also don't think that 10.00 per hour is acceptable to care for twin toddlers. Parents believe that it is acceptable to pay such a low rate and have their Nanny have to sacrifice things like Meals, or Shelter. Unless you owe them something, which I doubt do, then you have to put yourself and your needs first. If more people would do that then parents wouldn't be offering these illegal wages.

  • Confront the family about it. Tell them that you can't pay your bills with what they are currently paying you. Childcare centers ask for 300-450 per week for two two year-olds, and they are getting more one-on-one time with you.

  • If you are very close to the family and the children. I would talk to them and explain your situation. Find out how much the average pay is. print and show it to them.

  • I've been a nanny for 5 years and I have to also pay bills and rent.. You should be making $350-$400 a week. You need to talk to the family and discuss your expenses with them. If they really value your help they will pay more.

  • You should be getting double (at least) of what you are getting paid right now!

  • Kids are a lot of work so for the amount you're working for is honestly not enough. I am also a server and I work 3-4 days and make $300-500 a week which is good, but the work there too is a lot when customers are picky. Maybe you should consider serving instead.

  • Most nannies make at least 10 per hour, for just one child, you should be getting double, plus paid extra for extra hours. I have Nanny friends and they are most available for the families that pay more. Meet with the parents and let them make the offer then you can counter offer. Nanny service are in high demand,do not sell yourself short.

  • Hormones have come to the surface! It may be difficult for her to talk to you about this at her age. Do you have a close woman friend or family member who could do it for you? If not, and you want to try....I suggest an approach of "pre-teen responsibilities". She is in middle school and with that comes changes.......boys no longer have cooties, they are cute, they will be the subject of every text she and her girl friends talk about, etc...after you acknowledge those "emotional" changes she will be feeling and how normal it is(you may want to tell her you have an "open door" policy and that you want to hear about every crush she has), then ease in to the physical changes. Her period, developing breasts, changes in mood, etc. Again, having that open communication should help her know that she can talk to you about it anytime. Also, keeping the conversation light as though "it's no big deal", may help. Good luck and great job for being a hands on dad!

  • These parents know exactly what they are doing. No one should have to sacrifice basic needs such as food and shelter so that other people can have nice houses and cars.

  • Talk to the family politely about your rate you should get minimum wage at least.

  • That is not enough. For two year old twins the pay should be at least $18 an hour. But really $18-25

  • NO...you are way UNDER paid. Give them 2/3 weeks notice and RUN out of there. It would be bad enough- if you were a live-in. But since you are not- that is crazy!!! How long have you worked there??

  • NO!! You are not getting enough money! You should be getting a minimum of $400 a week, but really you should be getting more than that!

  • not enough - that's ridiculous. that's not even min wage. are you taking taxes out or is that cash?

  • That is a very good question. Thank you for all of the responses as I have toddler twins and want to ensure I am paying a reasonable but, affordable salary. We have always felt that $10.00 an hour is a reasonable starting salary.

  • Why is it that you cannot write people's answers after the first page it says that we are not allowed to enter sign up under another name

  • Just today I had a lady text me saying she needs me to start watching her 2 year old tomorrow, on Monday. She said her needs are Monday-Friday 8-6 and occasionally later if she has a business dinner, but the pay would be good. I have and interview with a great sounding job, so I didn't really want to cancle it, unless it a lot more money, so I asked her what she wants to pay weekly. She said she wants to pay $150. I did the math and at 50 or possibly more hours a week that's less than $3 an hour. That's less than half minimum wage. I know she can't afford to live off less than $3 an hour so I can't believe she thinks it's ok for me to do that. It's over 30mins from my house to hers. I told her im sorry if this sounds bad, but I can't afford to work 50 hours a week making less than $3 an hour. I would be paying more a month just to drive to and from. Most nannies do more than they really have to because we care and want to help, but if I can't he'll myself I can't help anyone else. There's nothing wrong knowing your worth. If the family loves you then tell them you can't live on their pay and you'll have to look for a second job or a new one all together that pays more. Hope you get paid your real worth!

  • Caring for children is a very big responsibly. You are caring for there lives and making sure that they are out of harms way. I did not accept a job to work for one child getting paid $5 an hour. It is very hard to support your self getting paid just $5 an hour. You can work in at Walmart and start out at about $8-10 an hour. You sound very trustworthy and dependable you should not be getting paid only $5 an hour.

  • If they aren't covering room and board, they need to double that. They aren't even covering minimum wage. 2 yrs is the neediest, highest-maintenance stage.... X2!

  • You are extremely underpaid and you are being taken advantage of. You are working with Special Needs Twins. As you are there with the OT etc. you are now a Nanny with experience with multiples and Special Needs. You are a true professional. I believe you should be making $15.00 minimum per hour for twins. You need to talk to the parents and explain that you are making less than minimum wage which is illegal. Twins + Special Needs = $15 to $20 per hour. I think that you may need to look for another family to work for. With your experience you will be scooped up by another family that appreciates you.

  • My advice would be too explain your situation to your "boss"/ the parents. If you really are as good with the kids as you say you are, I'm sure they would be willing to give you a raise even if it's just too 8$ an hour.

  • You are not even getting a legal wage. Minimum wage is the minimum but if they are taking out taxes your wage is actually higher than your net take home pay.

  • I am getting ready to take a new position, Its for4 children under 8, 40 hour week. I don't know all details but it is 80.00 a day . Does any one no if this is good? How do you take out taxes and ss.

  • I think you need to express the need for a raise. You are getting paid less than minimum wage and that is not okay.

  • I would sit down with the family and discuss about getting a raise. I think you should be getting at least double of what you're getting now. Explain all your strengths and explain how you need to pay your bills and survive. It seems like you love this family and do not want to leave but you have to do what is best for you if it does come to that point.

  • Absolutely not! I get 15.00 per hour!

  • Its all in a matter of knowing your worth. You just did the calculations and gave the run down on the whole situation. So I believe you know the answer to your question, without anyone saying anything. I wish you well and I hope the best for you. Be Smart

  • I've had people ask me to take that much and some less. I think what they do is add up what it would coast for them to put them in child care and then offer that to one person. Let them know that you love working for them and taking care of the kids, but you can't continue to do so if you can't take care of yourself. Work out a deal, maybe since you live alone a live in nanny would be better for you. Best of Luck!

  • Please talk to the parents about this. I do believe you are making to little. They may not realize this, and I too made this mistake once upon a time.

  • I would talk to the parents about getting paid more I think it is important to give them a chance . If they refuse I would probably start looking for a new job. I know it might be hard but it would probably be the best decision. I don't think it is right to do a great job and get under paid. I have gotten under paid for a long time and np never said anything and I regret it. I think ever babysitter should get paid fairly for their services.

  • You should be making $10/hr for one child and an additional $5/hr for each child. They are paying you too little for what you are doing.

  • in my opinion no you are not. i have 2 children of my own and would pay more than that.

  • Bless your heart...you should definitely be making a lot more money than that. Taking care of children, especially twins is very hard work and definitely a full time job. I don't think it would be offensive if you asked the parents for a reasonable raise. There's no way they could find someone else and get away with that. People are paying a lot more than that to take care of their pets!! At least $15 -$25 an hour...pretty sad!

  • Hi I just stunned reading your question first I cannot believe that somebody even offer less than the minimum wage but what is really sad is that somebody accept this kind of salary, my personal advice is that you have to look for a fear job which it pay you at least 18 dollars hourly for the kind of job you are doing, so if there is anything I can do for you let me know Rocio Suarez

  • It depends on what your agreement was and what the parents can afford. Yes, you're working really hard, and more than earn your pay. If you can re-negotiate, do, but if you can't tolerate it you may have to leave.

  • You are right, you should be paid quite a bit more. I would pay a minimum of $10 and hour but because you are working full time, 5 days a week, I can see where the family is wanting to pay you a "salary" instead of hourly. However, good help is hard to find. Your pay should be somewhere between $75-85 a day for salary pay....I suggest asking for what you deserve or find another family who can pay what the asking rate is. Good luck!

  • I found that rates differ depending on the state but you should at least be making the state minimum wage.

  • Hi there, I hope when you read this you are in a new job that pays you well and makes you feel appreciate, because they are/were taking advantage of you!! I am not sure what area in the USA are you but you should get at least the minimun wage and from there, the more kids and over time you work the more you should get. Nanny jobs are well paid but all depends on the family, where I am, the prices range from 15 to 25 an hour, I usually get around 20 an hour for one kid. I think the best you can do is to find another job that pays you better and if this family wants to keep you they should make you an offer beyond what you already found. Make sure you negotiate a decent salary with this new family and don't settle for less, because that is affecting the whole nanny community, we are not able to find jobs that pay well cause there is other nannies that sell their job for cheap, just to get a job. Good luck!!

  • I live in NE Georgia where the going rate is usually $12-$15 an hour. I have seen ads on Care.com where they want to pay $4 an hour. They want you to clean, cook, drive and get this, they ask for a college education! Seriously!

  • As a nanny or daycare provider you should be setting your own rates! If this family had to take their children to a daycare home they would be paying at least 200.00 a week PER child! You need to set limits!

  • hi, you sound like me a year ago, I was getting $250 a wk which included - pick up/drop off to school[10yr and 7yr] take then to a after school event and horse riding lessons everyday they had somewhere to go and every place was 8-12 miles apart, then get them home prepare dinner, help with home work, clean the kitchen and the bathrm after their bathes, put them to bed do laundry etc! One day I said to her if you want me to do extra work I will need to get paid more. She was not happy about it [so neither was I happy being over worked] she got better for a while but later she became the same, so I looked for another job and today I work less My pay is more and I get paid over time for extra work when needed. I can pay all my bills

  • Why are you people even suggesting this 10.00 an hour rate to her? You are all the reason we professional Nannies get no respect. Walmart, MacDonalds, and others offer that to do unskilled labor, why would anyone even put their worth at that amount?

  • Oh you are definitely not getting paid enough! I am currently an overnight nanny for 2 week old twins, not much to do besides feeding/changing since they sleep most of the time, I make $20/hour! Watching multiples especially ones with developmental issues, you should get paid AT LEAST $15/hr if not $20! They're lucky that they got an amazing babysitter like you! Most of the time you get what you pay for, this is why I always wonder why people skimp on their childcare!

  • You are beyond reliable to this family. I see families offering $15-25/ hr for just one child. So for you to $5 is absurd and u fair especially with your loyalty to the family.

  • I went through the same situation. Except your in a far better situation than I was. These parents weren't even wanting to pay me what I had accepted per week which was $125. I worked Monday-Friday 8-5pm. The mother of the child said that she would give me more once sge saw that I was responsible and all that which I was and it never increased nor did she even give me that amount. She actually started lowering it to $100/week. I told her I couldn't pay my bills and she said because the 18 month old napped a lot thats all she would pay, however we had discussed this before I even accepted the job; and I agreed that the pay would increase as they saw that I was punctual and on time and was there everyday unless I advised them otherwise. Anyways, I quit and bc I did they still havent paid me what they do owe me for days I worked that they didnt pay me for!!

  • Absolutely not enough. Theses are the most important people in a families life. I see ads saying six bucks an hour and really cheap rates. Are they paying your taxes or are you paying them? I think sometimes families forget that you are not only becoming apart of their family but you are on a job too! If you get paid a set amount each week their should be guidelines set up for anything over the hours that you agreed upon. This is a job where you are constantly going all day and and doing extra things like cooking and cleaning homework , using your vehicle, and etc. That should def be addressed in the pay for sure. I charge anywhere from 10-20 an hour depending on the number of kids and what all the job entails. Its def hard if you love the family but you also have to be honest and have an open line of communication and stand up for yourself. The worse you will hear is no and if you're good at your job, you will not have a problem finding another position. I had to do it to my last family and set ground rules I was with them for three years I have not been employed by the family since 2013 and we have an awesome relationship and I still see the kids. You deserve more darlin! good luck

  • I think it depends on where you live. NYC for example is much higher than in other parts of the country. In upstate NY, the typical pay range seems to be mostly between $10 and $15 per hour. I do believe you are being underpaid. Good luck!

  • First of all, you are making way less than you should. For two kids, the least you should charge is $10 an hour, and even that is still too little. They are taking advantage of you and will continue to do so unless you speak up. You're a grown woman with bills to pay and $225 a week is minimum wage. Care.com has a babysitting rate calculator, so I suggest you use it and find out what the average babysitting rate in your area is. Then, you have to tell them that you cannot continue to work for $225 a week, not because you're being greedy, but because it can't cover your rent and other bills. If they refuse or cannot afford to pay you more, then it's best you find a family that is able to pay you a fair price. After all, the bills have to be paid. Good luck!

  • you definitely are being underpaid , Ask for a raise tell them how hard you work and that the going rate hourly is 12 to fifteen an hour. you should be making 400 a week for sure and they should be willing to pay

  • Hi, I would discuss your pay rate with the parents. You are not getting paid enough. The least you should get for 2 toddlers is $8 per hour and that is the least. It is a lot of work and very exhausting. Your weekly pay should at least be $320, but technically you should be receiving about $400 a week @ $10 an hour. I would try to have them agree in adjusting your rate because it sounds like you go above and beyond your regular care during each week. Good Luck!

  • I have a few questions for you: 1. How long have you worked for this family? 2. Do you have a contract? 3. Does the family pay you in cash or are they taking out taxes? I think you should be getting paid more that what they are paying you, you aren't even making minimum wage. It's time to discuss a raise, and/or a contract if you don't have one. What happens when you are asked to come in early? Are you being compensated for that? It sounds like you are not. You should be making more than that per week, about twice that much. The family I work for has me fill out a time sheet on a daily basis, so if I am asked to come in early it is on paper and they can't ignore it. They pay me for ALL my hours worked. Do some research about what the average wage is for nannies in your area and present that information to the family. If they are not willing to raise the amount they are paying you, it may be time to move on. Best of luck to you.

  • Hello, I don't know where your location is because it plays very important regarding rates. I am here in California for 1 child pays $15.00/hourly for 2 children pays $17.00/hourly, and also be reminded it depends on special cases, in your situation this twins are premie and their developmental skills are all delayed, and also you have to make sure when you sign a contract rates are specified clearly on how much you want, you have to have pre-interview in the telephone before a real one on one interview with the family, and over the phone you discuss how much the family can afford, and ask information about the family what your expectations with this family as well as theirs too. And if your conversations turned out to be good, then ask to set a schedule for interview. Good luck to you!

  • Bottom line: No one can treat you unfairly if you don't let them. I charge $15-$30 an hour depending on if the child(ren) are in diapers and/or potty training is involved. I also take into consideration if there are a lot of pick up/drop off since gas, mileage and wear and tear on my car need to be taken into account. The fee range I list varies depending on if they want housekeeping, pet care, meal prep/dinner cooked, grocery shopping and errands completed. $10-$12 an hour is fine if you are just babysitting 1 child (not in diapers) and that's it! I have done and do professional cleaning and that is $25-$30 an hour. Certainly clean up after yourself and take care of light housekeeping and laundry as time allows. I won't work for folks who don't want to pay well (been there, done that) because they are usually the ones that take advantage and think you are their personal assistant. Also, if they want you to come before 8am and stay after 5:30 or 6 they should pay extra for other than normal business hours or an 8 hour shift. You get what you pay for and I earn my pay and work really hard, no phone or tv while I'm on the job and I have a college degree so they benefit from that as well with homework help, tutoring and daily interactions. No matter who you are or your background you should NEVER be paid less than minimum wage! That's illegal! Time to look for a new job!

  • I'm wondering if the parents are having financial problems? If this is the case then you would be better off to talk to them about a better pay rate. If you leave them someone else is not going to be so understanding. It would be to their best interest to get it straight with you and give you a raise for all the hard work you are contributing to their children. If they are not willing to listen, their loss. There is too much of a demand for great babysitters.

  • No you are not paid enough

  • The amount of money you are making is below the federal minimum wage limit and is UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANY JOB. you should be making, at the least, 550 a week. which is about 12 dollars an hour.

  • That's way too low in my opinion. At least $15 an hour should at least be the minimum.

  • I think that you are being seriously underpaid. For 40 hours a week with toddlers you should be getting at least $10 an hour or at least a higher flat rate.

  • I think you should talk with the family first and see their own financial situation, you never know they may be struggling as well. Sometimes caregivers forget the parents are human and face the same day to day bills as everyone else. Ask them if they can afford a bit more. People can say what they want but no one can pay you what they can't afford despite whatever minimum wage is. In fact what if your clients are just trying to stay a float themselves. Ask and pray the Lord provides.

  • way under paid , I watched twin 2 yr old girls in Okemos and got paid 480 weekly working 8-5 mon-fri so it came out to 10 hourly and even though was kinda though but I loved that family so it didn't matter to me , then they fired me without warning because the twins called me mom and their ma didn't like it:(

  • I have taken care of twins before and received $15 hourly. I would move on to a new family.

  • You HAVE to make minimum wage, that's non negotiable. It's illegal otherwise, call a labor law attorney

  • That's not enough...everyone should know that. .it's obvious you need another job... not even one but two...come on

  • Addressing Yoshe's post, if these parents are having financial difficulties why are they hiring a Nanny? Having a Nanny is a luxury and a privilege, and if they can't afford to pay her a legal wage then they will have to send the kids to a daycare. And to be honest, if this young lady can't even pay her rent why would she want to hear about their financial woes, she has her own and they are due to this family paying slave wages. They are well aware of what they are doing as most parents who do this are, and until good Nannies stop taking these positions will it stop.

    • Why can’t a person have a family and keep a job? Guess all families will be on welfare or one parent work several jobs and the other raise kids alone. Ya that’s fair! - HIDDEN from Rocky Hill, CT

  • I completely understand as a mom of three that caring for kids is hard work. Personally I would love to continue my career. I have high degrees and experience but I can't work because nowadays nannies are paid the same or more then I can make. So only the very rich can hirer a nanny. Go work for a daycare but they don't pay a lot either. I can't afford three kids 4 and under in daycare. Thanks for making childcare so expensive that you can't have a family and a career nowadays. Thank you uterus.

  • Keep in mind that $400/wk is $10/hr! These people are abusing you! This is how undocumented workers are treated and it is illegal and morally repulsive! Twins, special needs, 2yr olds?? Far more than $10/hr! Minimum of $15/hr. These people are animals and that's insulting to animals ! Make sure you get a perfect recommendation (make up something so they don't fire you first) find a job decent job, and get out of that abusive environment! I'm sure they aren't paying you legally and they know they can easily replace you easier than pay you a decent wage ! You are beyond worthy of so much better !

  • You are not getting paid enough I think 20 an hour plus

  • You are definitely getting too little to watch their children!

  • no. that's not enough. I work 2 days and make 200 per week.

  • How do people make babys ??

  • Look for another job. That's ridiculous!

  • I think you are underpaid. You should talk to them and ask for a raise. You deserve it!

  • They are paying you daycare rate so unless you are babysitting in your own home then no you are not being paid enough. I would kindly tell them that they need to pay you minimum wage (In CA that would be $9HR)

  • I definately think you should ask for a raise. Especially if you aren't able to get by with what you're making. Perhaps ask for whatever it is you need per week or for $10/hour. Hope this helps, good luck!

  • I took care of twin infants full time for $300 a week. I stayed almost a year but I was in the same boat. I am a single mother and just couldn't afford to stay. I completely understand. I understand they are on a budget but they are budgeting for daycare costs not a nanny. They need to understand that this is your livelihood and only means of income. It is hard but you have to do what is best for you and your family too!

  • I like all the comments very truly, people that needs babysitting think this is not a job..people IT IS !! ... And the worst part they dont like to pay more than 10 dollars so shame

  • Why would you even consider accepting that low wage, never mind actually taking a job like that? Do you understand that when people accept a job that pays that low of a wage, it sets a precedent making other families think that it is OK to pay that little. You are being taken advantage of. Look for another job because it is too late to get adequate pay with the family you work for now.

  • You definitely shouldn't have to get another job. You should be making at least $15 per hour per kid, maybe even more. I would talk to the parents about that immediately.

  • UNDER PAID! McDonald's pays more and your not responsible for two children. I would give a two week notice and explain why. Maybe that would help.

  • I definitely think that you should re-negotiate pay. I was a nanny for twins 5 days a week and got paid at least $10/hr. Twins are a lot of work! You could say something like, "I was wondering if we could discuss my weekly rate. I would be more comfortable with $_____/week instead of my current rate and was wondering if you would be comfortable with this change." Another idea is looking up the average pay rate for babysitting or nannying in your area and suggesting that. Hope this helps!

  • You are your only defense in this situation. Even you have sense enough to know that the pay isn't enough. As the employer if you work for it then that is what you will get paid. Say nothing and keep getting paid what I pay my grandson who is 13 to mow the lawn for 2 houses twice a week for summer. Your pay should be $500 a week for one and $800 for two. That is full time pay for 2 kids for a full time job. I nanny too and its never under $15 an hr. I really would like to slap you for being so scary and being used like toilet tissue. The parents know their screwing you and if they don't pay then leave but I can promise after going through a few sitters they will be calling you back. Patience my dear and get your emotions out of it, its business dear not a like you contest. Be professional, dependable, and say no when its inconveniencing you or on your days off.

  • You should get at least $10 to $15/hr, especially if you are doing extra things like appointments or when children have special needs. Extra work means extra pay. I have a 2 year old, just one of him his quite exhausting. I can't even imagine doing your job and then going home to my son!

  • Well, $15.00 an hour is considered a living wage, and your wage is below state minimum wage. I think you should do some research of what local day care centers would charge for two children. Armed with that information, make a presentation to your employer for an immediate adjustment in your salary. You've already proven yourself reliable. No one is going to advocate for you, you must do this for yourself. Know your worth.

  • For how long you have worked for this family? Have you ever talked to them about getting a raise? What you describe you do for the family deserves a little bit more paying. Talked to them,let them know how you feel.

  • You been a nanny to those babies for 2 years, which clearly shows you are very passionate about what you do. And you are exactly the type of nanny those babies need because your heart is in the right place, when it comes to caring and providing for them. Although the pay is very low, sing that's your current means of survival I suggest you hang in there until you are blessed with a higher paying job.

  • I watch twins as well and I make as much as a full-time daycare provider. The going rate is $125 per hour and a $5 discount for the second child. It depends on your area as well. If you need more money, add more kids. Just saying.

  • At a "minimum" you should earn at least minimum wage. I negotiated my salary to $14 an hour "on the books" and I care for one 4 month old little boy at their home. I also charge 15 an hour for date nights to other families with a 3 hour minimum. For me, I typically charge $15 an hour but will babysit for as little as $12 and on occasions I charge friends from my church $10. Also, my kids are now 17 and 14 years old. When they were babies teenager were charging $10 an hour and often more if you had more that one kid....

  • you most definitely are being taken advantage of you need to understand your worth and value

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