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How much of a raise do I ask for?

Hello! I work for a family in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin that has one 17-month-old child and one dog. I have worked for them since September 2017 and have not yet received a raise. This is my first full-time job out of college (I have a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Studies). I make $12 per hour plus time and a half for overtime. They are having twins in March. How much of a raise do I ask for? When (before or after the mother’s maternity leave) How?

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Kathleen in Derry, NH
March 6, 2019
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I don't now how rates are in Wisconsin but if they are anything close to rates here in LA, I would say with a bachelor's degree that is in the field of child care you can definitely ask for a raise. Especially if you are going to take care of the newborn twins as well. I would say here in LA it is almost impossible to find a good nanny under $15 and for 3 kids I would say $20 is minimum. Since your rate is lower I would probably start with approaching them and asking for $15 and possibly ask again for more later on. I would try and be as open as possible and ask the family if there are things that you can improve on or things that they would like to see in order for you to get a second raise. Look up some youtube videos or posts about how to ask for a raise and believe in yourself and your quality of work. Even though this is your first job, quality childcare comes with a price.

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Whoah, whoah, whoah there. First of all, you need to recognize your worth, which you are since you asked the question that you want a raise. You basically need to gather the courage and be brave. You are a worthy human being, and you should be getting paid way more than $12 an hour. You have bills to pay, and I am assuming student loans. Ultimately, you need to speak up, state your case so to say, and ask that you would like to be compensated more for your work. If they aren't able to do that say that it will be time for you to move on. Do not worry about losing the job, because even if you do, you have so much experience under your belt, and I can guarantee you that you will find somewhere else, especially with your degree, and employer that will value you more and pay you more. Hope this helps!

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I would ask to $15-17/hour. It sounds like you have a lot of experience especially with your bachelor's degree you can ask for more. You have to be confident in asking and know that you are worthy of a raise because of your experience and knowledge. I personally would mention it sooner rather than later.

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User in Lady Lake, FL
Feb. 27, 2019

I would first confirm your participation and relationship with the family and the child; How you've become an integral part of their lives, the emotional ties you have to them, etc. I would then explain that you are in a precarious position. You feel that given your education and experience, and the twins on the way, that it would warrant a bit more commitment on their part, monetarily. They've compensated you fairly in the past, and you'd like to think that with the twins on the way, this would not be an exception. Explain how this feels awkward, but that you feel at this point,$15 an hour is not unreasonable (while keeping the same time and a half for overtime agreement) Give them a deadline to make a decision (so you are able to look elsewhere if need be) as to whether or not this is in agreement with them. I'm sure, given the time, effort and emotional investment you've made with this family, that they will consider what it would mean time and effort-wise for them to seek out someone new and as reliable as you, especially at this juncture in their lives. Stability is the key, especially for the 17 mo. old . If they're smart, they'll realize that. Go for it! I'm banking on you getting that raise. . .it's probably easier than you think.

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I would bring it up to the family probably before the mothers maternity leave. With your degree you could possibly making more money doing something else. You have been with the family for a while and I am sure they are appreciative of having you around. If you will be watching more children, I am sure they would be ok with giving you a pay raise. I would bring up the idea of a raise before throwing a number at them. They might ask you what you would like to get paid.

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User in Golden, CO
Feb. 27, 2019

once the new babies are in your care I would start charging $18-20 hourly.

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Aimee in Sandy, OR
Feb. 27, 2019

anywhere from 15-18$ an hour

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16$ or 20$ should be to get then

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I would start off not necessarily asking for a raise but rather what they had in mind for additional compensation for the additional work that will be expected of you. Maybe more days off? Maybe more benefits? Talk it out, but go in with a list of desires you would like to personally address.

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Lesa in Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 27, 2019

hi you should at least get $20 an hour when the twins get here, alot of responsibility 3 babies... time and a half for holidays.. and paid vacation...

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If you have worked for this family for 2 years you ought not be so timid to ask about a raise especially since they are having more children. I think you should ask for a 10% raise.

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probably $16 or more.

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