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How much should I charge to nanny this family?

Hello! I would like some help figuring what to charge a family that I will be nannying for in the near future. Here is some background...

 

  • I am in St. Louis, MO
  • I am 25 years old and female
  • I have 5-6 years experience working with children
  • 2 years as an Infant Teacher in Childcare ***Where I met this family and cared for the child as an infant*** 
  • 4 years as a Toddler Teacher in Childcare
  • 1 year as a Nanny with 2 families; a nanny share with 2 infants 
  • 6 months Nanny with another family 1 toddler 
  • I have my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • I am CPR and First Aid Certified 

 

The family is looking for 5 days a week 8-9 hours a day. And there is a baby on the way, so I would be nannying a 3 year old toddler and a 6 week old infant. I have a 3 year old relationship with this family, babysitting outside of childcare charging $12/hr.  What should I charge per hour or per week? Just give me an idea of what is reasonable please!!! Thank you. 

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Here are some questions to ask yourself. 1. Are they taxing you or paying cash, 2. do you get any time off? 3. Are they providing anything in addition to the pay to you - like breakfast, lunch...) 4. are you doing anything around the house other than taking care of the children? 5. how much is ideal to pay your bills since this is a full time job? Because of all this experience and your degree and certification and because there are two and one is a newborn, I would charge anywhere from $17 to $25 an hour. If the family can't afford that and you really want to work for them, see if they can throw in other perks like your meals (saves you money) or anything else that you might need.

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I do not know the cost of living in MO but $12/hr does not sound fair to me. And more if you will taking care of 1 toddler and an infant. I know what is like and nope. I would go at least $15/hr.

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Angela in Nashua, NH
Aug. 14, 2018

CHARGE FOR HOURS

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What you charge should reflect: your level of care you provide, Education, Training and experience. Also, maybe do a search to see what the going rate in your area is for 3 children and make your decision based on all the above. It sounds like you have a good working relationship with this family; have a meeting with them, discuss the going rate in your area for 3 children and what they can afford. You will likely be able to come to a reasonable agreement together.

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Sadie in Omaha, NE
Aug. 13, 2018

I think 13 hour would be perfect, because you have a 3 year relationship with the family and Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a CPR and First Aid Certified. they know they can trust you with their six week old infant.

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$20. you have so much experience, I think the LEAST amount you should be looking at is $20 an hour

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20 per hour or a set rate of $150 a day is fair in that circumstance. (That is for under the table pay) If the family wants to go through care.com or similar to pay taxes on your pay then $200 a day is the going rate in the areas I have worked in.

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I would say $20/hr at least.

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 21, 2018

HOURLY PAY - STANDARD/WITHIN REASON.

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There are a couple of websites you can use to calculate - salary.com and I forget the others. Take average for your city, and in your case add on for your degree, certifications, level of experience, number of kids, and whatever other things they expect of you (housekeeping, etc). You don't want to undervalue your services - you are worth more than an inexperienced babysitter!

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Brenda in Foley, AL
July 18, 2018

Negotiate down from $20/hr if you must. Depending on other responsibilities included. There is a lot of work involved with an infant and a toddler. And you have all the credentials to afford you a good salary.

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Infants are a little more difficult to care for than toddlers (in my opinion) I would charge $25-$35/hour.

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Use the Babysitter rate calculator provided by care.com. I would personally charge $15-17/hr with all your personal connection, experience and education you are very valuable.

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I would say $500 a week!

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Between $15.00 and $20.00.

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$15 an hour!

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User in Charlotte, NC
June 29, 2018

You should be charging more than average with this kind of experience. For your area I would say $18 per hour and don't forget that you are owed overtime for any hours in addition to 40.

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There re websites (sorry but ones other than care.com) that can tell you what is average in your area. Then consider increasing what you ask for since you have extra skills. For example. you have a relevant degree and several years off relevant experience. You are CPR and first aid trained. There will be more than one child. There is a site called Pay Scale. I put in some of what you wrote in your question, pdf their rage was $!!.06 to $18/23/hour, with $14.54 as the median. You need to make n agreement with the family before you start working for them! Good luck

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Emily in Conyers, GA
June 24, 2018

I would charge at least $20/hour with all the experience you have.

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If they paid you $12 for one then $15 for two wouldn't be too much and if you did anything extra you should be paid extra! If in your area the pay is more then you should ask for more!

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It all really depends on how well I do with my job. Since I am a beginner, I would only ask for $11-$12 and hour.

$10-$11 is low even for a beginner nanny. Please look up the difference between a nanny and a sitter to ensure you will not cheat yourself! Unless you live in an area where that might be considered 'high'... otherwise, don't forget to look at factors including: number of children, responsibilities, use of own vehicle for work (+gas), and so on.

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