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Am I being paid enough?

Ivy in Midvale, UT
Jan. 24, 2019

I just started babysitting a 4 year old in my own home. I get $150/week and it is 3-4 days a week (9 hours each day). Obviously when I do the math the per-hour rate is super low but he is such a good toddler and I get to be home with my own toddler and get things done there at the same time so it really isn't hard. Am I making too little? Should I ask to be paid per day or something? This is my first time really nannying so I don't know what the norm is. ANY advice is helpful! (Also we are in a suburban area in Arizona).

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Personally, I always ask for $10/hour when it is one child. However, that is when I am traveling to their home to watch the child. Since you get to watch the child in your own home, I would ask for less. I think you should still ask for at least minimum wage for your area!

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Stay there and have your peace of mind. Sometimes a quest for too much may be dangerous to handle.

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For me, the value in being home w my own child, and being able to get paid while getting things done at home, would be very high. Add in the companionship for your child and I'd say $600 mo is a good deal.

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You should be paid minimum wage at the least. Having your own child there is often a plus for the family because their child gets socialization practice. Rates are not determined by how "good" a child is, it is about what you are worth. I wouldn't take less than $720 per week myself.

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Aimee in Sandy, OR
Feb. 25, 2019

I suggest to be paid anywhere from $200-$400 a week because that is the average wage.

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Personally i feel it's your presence. If you like the family, like that you get to stay home etc i would say start off with that while talking to the family. If you're looking for a huge increase (hundreds more) then i would look else where but also take into consideration you may not be able to stay home, with your toddler and another good one and also may have to travel out of the norm for money. If you just want a small increase i would express that to the people you're working with. If you've been there a while made a connection with the family and they see you're doing everything you ask i don't see the problem with them helping you out. One thing i always do with the families i work with is ask what else i can be doing along with telling them what i did just out of love (cleaning up, washing dishes, folding etc.)

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If you're in your own home and this isn't 5 days a week, it doesn't sound unreasonable, although I'm in GA (don't know what your area would expect). Check out what preschools in your area are charging for the week and then figure just for 3-4 days, not 5, like preschools would be charging for.

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User in Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 17, 2019

Hi there. I just posted in another question about this exact topic. You are making less than the minimum wage. If you can afford your bills and keep your kid fed, then I guess that is up to you on whether you should be compensated more. I would be asking this individual for $100 a day. Please consider this a warning to you about allowing people to folly you into making almost nothing. People do this everywhere and you don't realize the consequences of taking such low wage. Yes, the work may be "easy" but the child is 4 years old. You are a nanny, a professional and should be considered as such even if it is "easy". I would crunch your numbers again and express that you need to be fairly compensated for the work you do. Daycare workers get paid twice as much as that even if it is an inhome daycare. Another suggestion I would have for you is maybe take on another family as well as this one to re-direct your money as well if you cannot ask this current family for more (not everybody has loads of money, but it is still inconsiderate to pay so little). Please consider charging at least a minimum of $10/hour for the next family.

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I would first ask yourself what you would pay someone in your position working with YOUR child. The stress or duties required, the energy and life balance. Figure out what that would be worth to you and then make your case in a professional way to the family you are assisting. Its true that you never get what you don't ask for so being kind with the way you ask and state how you're feeling uncomfortable with your compensation and ask to renegotiate. First figure out EXACTLY what you want to be making, whether its daily pay, weekly pay or hourly. That way you can ask for something specific and not have to beat around the bush when you have that conversation.

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should asked increase it ,hourly 15$ ?or 12$.legally 11$ the pay for any job. but childcare not equal with McDonald salary. You give shelter, safety, food , etc. Just think about it , if you get checked in one night in a simple hotel in Arizona ? I was there, its ugly and pricely expensive. People not shy paying for that ,not care how expensive. Taking care of my child someone is a big deal! keep safe, healthy feeding, etc.Don't be shy asking increased salary. Or if they not , then use them for favor, do some vacation weekend and asked them for free babysitting child care" back $" if you want adult time with your hubby.

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User in Westwood, MA
Feb. 2, 2019

On the average, 15/ hr with your own child. do the math.....135- 150 a day, know your worth!

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NO , parents should pay for quality care. that's disrespectful

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