You had a successful interview for a new nanny position. You love family and family loves you. Now is the time to answer their next question: “How much do you charge for your nanny services?”
According to the 2022 Care.com Cost of Care Survey, the average nanny earns about $694 per week in the United States, or about $17.35 per hour. But how much you charge for your nanny services will depend a lot on where you live, what you bring to the table and, perhaps most importantly, what you’re asked to do. Tasks like preparing meals or doing laundry will take extra effort on top of looking after the kids, and you want to be sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth. Here’s how to figure that out.
What to consider when determining your rate
In addition to your budget and that of the family, deciding on a nanny pay rate involves considering your location, background, and the amount of work involved.
1. Average nanny rates for your area
Basic pay rates often depend on the cost of living in a given location, such as the average cost of rent or the price of groceries. If a particular city lacks qualified nannies, it can also mean higher prices overall, as families compete for the few people available.
Here are some examples of nanny rates based on location, according to recent data from Care.com.
Current Nanny Pay Rates for Top Cities*
|city, state||Nanny hourly rate|
|Los Angeles, California||$20.75/hr|
|Brooklyn, New York||$20.00/hr|
|San Diego, California||$18.75/hr|
|Charlotte, North Carolina||$16.50/hr|
|San Antonio, TX||$14.75/hr|
Researching the average nanny rates for your area is a good place to start – you can always increase or decrease depending on your experience or expected duties.
2. Your experience
How many years have you worked as a child care provider (including child care and in places like a daycare centre)? How many years have you worked as a nanny, specifically? The more experience you have, the more you are able to charge.
It is important to note that this is generally paid work experience only. Experience raising your own kids can help your resume and tip the balance in your favor during the hiring process, but that shouldn’t take into account how much you charge for your nanny services, says Gabriela Gerhart, founder and president of the Motherhood Center, an organization that trains and places nannies throughout the Houston area.
3. Your level of education
Do you have a university degree? How about a masters? More educated nannies are usually able to charge more, especially if the degree is relevant to childcare, such as a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a master’s degree in child psychology. Someone with a college degree can charge, on average, about $2 more per hour than someone with a high school diploma.
Other licenses or certifications might also allow you to charge more. Families will often pay extra for nannies who are registered nurses or certified teachers, for example, because of the expertise they are able to provide.
4. The number of children and their ages
The rate you set should depend on the number of children in your care, as well as their ages and individual needs. For example, caring for four children is much more difficult than caring for one, and an infant probably needs more hands-on care than a school-aged child. Children with medical or behavioral problems may also require more attention than other children. This extra workload should be considered when determining your nanny’s pay rate.
Something many nannies of younger children don’t consider is after-school or summer care for school-aged siblings. It’s a mistake Kattia Morales says she made as a nanny in Virginia. She was hired to look after a baby, but when school stopped, the child’s siblings were suddenly hers too, which exponentially increased her workload.
“When summer came around, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is overwhelming,'” Morales says.
She recommends that nannies whose families have school-aged children talk about these issues upfront and work out what kind of compensation will be given for school holidays or the summer months, in particular.
5. Other benefits
Consider charging a little less if it means earning other perks or benefits, such as:
Morales says she accepted lower pay rates for her nanny services in the past because families allowed her to bring her daughter with her while she worked. “Bringing him in is a big deal for me,” Morales says.
This has helped her save herself on childcare costs, which are increasingly expensive for many families. So while Morales would have liked a higher rate, she says she knew the family was making a special arrangement to allow her daughter to be there.
What to charge for additional services
It’s not uncommon for nannies to step in here and there with naptime chores, but if you’re regularly asked to do things unrelated to childcare, you should factor that into your pay rate. hourly.
“Any cooking or light housekeeping involving children should be standard for any nanny, as well as driving to and from activities,” Gerhart says.
Gerhart says if you regularly cook for the whole family or do household laundry, it’s typical to add $1-2 to your hourly rate. Likewise, if you use your own car to transport children, it would be appropriate to ask the family to give you a pre-determined mileage rate to cover the cost of gas and normal wear and tear on your vehicle.
In addition to cooking, cleaning, and laundry, other services you should consider charging extra for may include:
- Transportation to and from school or activities.
- Dog walking or other pet care.
- Administer medication.
- Visits to the doctor.
- Manage contractors, such as landscapers or pool cleaners.
- Buy gifts.
- Party planning.
When to ask for a raise
Even if they are already working with a family, nannies can always negotiate a higher salary, often as part of routine performance reviews.
“As the children they care for grow (especially infants), the tasks will evolve and potentially become more demanding,” says nanny Melodie Peachey.
She recommends requesting a job evaluation every six to nine months to discuss your performance and the evolution of your responsibilities, as well as a fair rate increase.
Gerhart agrees, although she recommends annual performance reviews. She suggests nannies ask for a raise of at least $1/hour every year, unless a change in duties warrants a bigger raise. Alternatively, the family could offer an annual performance bonus instead of increasing the hourly rate. Either way, says Gerhart, nannies should incorporate both routine appraisals and rate increase or annual bonus into their nanny contract, so everyone is on the same page. on what to expect.
Setting a pay rate for your nanny services is not a perfect science. You can offer a starting rate that you think is appropriate, only to find later that the pay doesn’t quite match the workload. One way to avoid this could be to incorporate a three or six month trial period into the nanny contract, giving you a built-in timeline to review payment early on. And if you find yourself in a situation where you think you’ve made a mistake with your rate, don’t hesitate to talk about it. Many families want to give their nannies a fair wage – but it’s up to you to communicate what that is and why.