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How much should I ask to be paid by the hour? (what do you ask if your a nanny or if you are a parent how much would you like to pay)

Ava in Auburn, WA
June 26, 2018

Please feel free to use past jobs as a reference or just use personal preference.

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User in Lake Worth, FL
March 17, 2019

A previous employee paid me $8/hr. Another $10/hr. Another $15.75/hr. It all depends on the amount of work we (nannies) would have to be responsible for. Grocery shopping, laundry, cooking....it all plays into how much I would ask for. It also depends on the families situation. If they can only give less than what you're asking for, politely decline. I've heard stories from both sides stating they hired someone and a few weeks later they quit because they needed more money. Not only are you inconveniencing your employers, but now you're switching it up on a tiny human who just got to know you and now they have to learn a whole new person all over again.

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It would depend on what you are doing. If you are watching and playing with one child for a few hours then probably between $12-15 per hour. If there are more children, or if you are doing extra jobs then it would be more. If you are driving children somewhere, cooking meals, or running errands, you should be paid more, especially for gas.

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I was paid $12 an hour for my first nannying job and they gave me a $1 raise each year. I've continued to do this myself because each year I've nannied, I've become that much more experienced in what I do, and having worked for a number of families, the spectrum of my experience is very broad. I've been nannying for 11 years now, so I ask for a minimum of $23 an hour, and because I just graduated from a world renowned university, I start negotiations at $25.

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As a nanny you are helping to raise a child, you are being a second parent, I think that $20 is the lowest you should go an hour.

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Madalyn in New York, NY
March 17, 2019

I would say it all depends on the child age and how many children you need the caregiver to care for. what would you want them to do has your babysitter and or nanny as the two are very different. depends on the nanny's experience

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It will depend on the job. When I was thirteen and could only watch the kids in the house and play with them there, not do a whole lot of real cooking or cleaning, I got $10 an hour. As I got older and did more, clean with them, play games, make whole meals, go to the grocery store, take them out, take them to ice cream, go to parks, go swimming, all that fun stuff, I started asking for more. Now, if I were doing that with just one 12+ year old child, I wouldn't ask any more then $13. I am used to up to nine kids at once of all different ages, with all different abilities and likes. I am a combat medic, EMT, am in college to become a nurse and have been nannying for about seven years, the price goes up. Now it is anywhere from $15-$25 depending on the job. Hope that helped!

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Cameron in Portland, OR
March 17, 2019

i shoot for about 20 if it is a long term thing. I will go as low as 15-17 for one time jobs, but it is difficult work and it deserves to be paid a decent wage

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Dana in Los Angeles, CA
March 17, 2019

Look up on Google your area, and the average rates and go from here. Note that a family should pay you a little more for any additional children, mileage on the job, pets, or even chores. However being a nanny is different than being a housekeeper, so try to not let families take advantage of you.

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Brenda in Foley, AL
March 17, 2019

The nanny should decide what her value is to the family. If she is a seasoned, experienced, educated nanny with certificates and work history, pay her a reasonable salary. Ck her references beforehand. If she is not the before mentioned, you should be able to pay her a smaller salary. BUT the family needs to keep the salary within their own affordable budget as well. Remember, the "job requirements" have much to do with what you pay your nanny.

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Kayla in Phoenix, AZ
March 17, 2019

Be completely honest with you what you want

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$15-$20; $10 the minimum

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Elizabeth in Miami, FL
March 16, 2019

15-20$ But depends of how many children.

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What you pay depends on what you can afford to pay, keeping in mind that you want quality care for your child and that caregivers have families and responsibilities to pay for as well. As a Nanny ask for the pay that best represents your level of care you provide,your Education,Training and experience.

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Marina in Irvine, CA
March 16, 2019

no less then $15.00 per hour

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I usually ask for a minimum of $10/hr. Personally, to me, I don't see why a parent would request to pay less if they want the best taking care of their children!

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I believe the average pay per hour is 17 dolloars

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Care.com provides a Babysitting Rate Calculator, it is spot on. Babysitting rates for once in awhile jobs are more in hourly pay than full-time postings, such as a Saturday date night would be $20/hour for 3 kids for 5hrs compared to the same situation 4 days out of the week for $15/hour.

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I ask for $15 to $20 an hour depending on how many children there are. The families don't complain about my rate because it is a one on one experience with their child/children and you are expected to do more as a nanny than if you work in a daycare. I have worked in multiple daycares and have only been paid minimum wage.

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Depending on the ammount of tasks being asked to do. If someone is watcing one child for a couple of hours then about $11 per hour. However they should get paid more if they are watching multiple children, are doing housework, and other tasks as well. In that case $12 to $13 per hour

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$15 per hour, I would asked $10.00 depending of the situation.

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Brisa in Downey, CA
July 12, 2018

$10-$15 per hour

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I do better than pay an hourly rate. Nannies have great stories, and with that I secure them a book/movie deal - sometimes a series on a network, or with Netflix. However, I do not like to pay postage; no agent covers expenses; they are either taken from the front or backend. I'm more honest. I get them upfront.

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User in Denver, CO
June 26, 2018

I usually charge between $15-$20 depending on how many children there are and how long I will be there.

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Sandra in Irving, TX
June 25, 2018

I normally give a range. Between $20-$25 if I am watching one to three kids, and $23-$30 if I am watching more than three.

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15-20$/hour depending on experience and amount of children

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I'm not sure where you live, but I would start with $10 or $11 an hour (minimum wage). That's usually what most parents pay anyway. I have my pay set to $10-$15 an hour. It really depends on you. Add it up, see what you need. I wouldn't ask for more than $20 an hour though, that's a bit pushy :)

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The tool on this website is a great starting point to use to determine how much you should charge a client. You provide zip code, number of children and years of your experience.

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That would depend on age of the sitter, duties, experience, number of kids and also the location. Where I live I dont work for less than $15/hr.

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Alexis in Galena, OH
Aug. 20, 2018

Hourly pay is dependent on many things such as how many children, ages, extra duties and experience. It is fairly common to ask for $10-$13 per hour for one child and then increase the rate by $2 for each additional child.

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I think it depends on the age. I do not think a 15 year old should be charging $15 an hour. If the person you are using used to be a full time nanny/caregiver, then the pay should be higher - you are paying for their experience. For a teenager, the pay should be around $8-$10 depending on age, how many, if the child is already asleep if they get there, or if they need to feed, bathe, and so on.

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I have never been a live in nanny, or even a everyday nanny, but I have a few friends who have. They suggested to me to keep in mind how much you would get paid at any other job for the amount of work you put in. Being a live in is obviously a vigorous and attentive job, so you would require a higher pay and more accommodation. I have done daily pick ups and I figured in the amount of time and gas it took and just wanted to stay above that break even line! Its about being valued for what you are worth and also wanting to provide that best and most valued care to someones everything while feeling appreciated!

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Angela in Nashua, NH
Aug. 14, 2018

15 FOR HOUR

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Sadie in Omaha, NE
Aug. 13, 2018

I believe pay is based on who many kids you are caring for, one to two 10-12, three to five 12-15 and more then five 15-20.

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$10-$15 depending on location,how many children there are, and how long the job will be.

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15-20 per hour or if there are set, recurring hours then a daily rate can be discussed.

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Kelsey in Frisco, TX
July 26, 2018

I looked on care.com to see their suggested rate for my area and my years of experience.

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There is a website called salary.com. You can enter your location, how many kids, what other duties and skills nanny would have, etc, and it will give you a range.

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 19, 2018

Use past jobs as a reference or just use personal preference.

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Base your price depending on your experience, the amount of children, age group and where you live. I live in PA and I charge 10-25 dollars depending on age and the amount of children.

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My rates as a long-term nanny who brings her 10 month old baby with are $10/hr for one child, and each additional child is $1.50/hr. If I'm driving, the rate goes up $10/hr during the time that I will be driving. If I am expected to care for pets in addition to children, my rate is $10/day per pet I'll be caring for, and $10/hr per walk, in addition to the rate that I'm charging to care for the children. If I am only expected to care for pets, my rate is $75/24 hour day, and $10/hour to go on walks. If the job is short-term or one-time-only, my rate goes up $1/hr because I'll have to continue looking for jobs after that, and sometimes there are gaps.

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