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Average Rate for a Nanny in Chicago

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I am interviewing a nanny Monday and was wondering if anyone could tell me what is a decent rate per hour?

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We live in Bucktown/Wicker Park, and the going rate by us is about $10/hr for one child. We are doing a nanny share and each family pays $8/hr. The typical rate of pay for a nanny share is about $7/hr. per family for two kids. Hope this helps.

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We live in Bucktown/Wicker Park, and the going rate by us is about $10/hr for one child. We are doing a nanny share and each family pays $8/hr. The typical rate of pay for a nanny share is about $7/hr. per family for two kids. Hope this helps.

We paid our nanny $11/hr for 3 days a week, min. 10 hours a day. The other family that she works for pays her $12/hr for 2 days a week. $12 seems to be the going rate these days for one child.

In my last job as a nanny to a 10 months old baby, I charged $10 an hour. I used to work about 26 hours a week with this family.

Some nannies would charge even $15 an hour, which I think is too much.

well. that's interesting. most people i know pay 10 an hour for 1 and 12 for 2. i am in the burbs but most of my friends live in teh city. lincoln park, lake view, roscoe village and south loop.

In my experience $11-$12/hour for one child is the norm. I think you would have a hard time getting anyone good for less than that. Good luck!

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I remember a year ago when I was trying to figure out the nanny thing. It's hard and there are lots of things to consider.

If you want a nanny that is a US citizen or has a green card which allows them to work legally, I found that the cost on the north side of Chicago was between $11 - $12 per hour for one child, with experience. Then, there are "nanny" taxes that are due to anyone for whom you pay more than about $1200 annually. So you need to figure that in as well. Nanny sharing or hiring a nanny with a child can bring that amount down per hour.

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I pay 13/hour. When our daughter is sleeping she does light cleaning (vaccuuming, laundry, dishes).

I think the answer depends a lot on the nanny's level of experience and what her responsibilities will be. For instance, I would pay $10/hour to a grad student who watched my baby in my home, did not drive him to classes or playdates, and did little housework other than cleaning up the toys and any food that my son ate. But for a person who is a nanny by career, who has years of experience, drives a car and is willing to take my son to classes, regularly does crafts projects with him, is bi-lingual and is teaching him Spanish, and who does light housekeeping and laundry when he naps, I would say the rate should be more around $12 with annual raises, bonuses, paid vacation and sick days, etc. Hope this helps.

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