A.K. asks from San Francisco, CA on February 10, 2010
Would anyone be willing to share what the approximate going rate for a nanny is? I know it probably varies according to using an agency or private individual but just wanting to get some idea, Thanks.
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R.C. answers from Hartford on February 11, 2010
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G.T. answers from San Francisco on February 10, 2010
We live in the Bay area.
We pay our nanny $500/week, guarantied (meaning that we pay that amount whether we need her or not - but we always do). She works over 8 hours a day (usually 9 hours), takes care of 2 children, cooks, does light cleaning (dishes...) keep their room tidy and folds the laundry when they nap.
We don't offer any benefits (she has a good health care from her mom).
We pay 2 weeks of vacations/year + 6 holidays (Christmas, Thankgiving, New Year, Independence day... when the are on weekdays)
All my friends tell me that we got a great deal to have such a good nanny for this price. They pay much more. I know many pay between $16 and $20 /hour for their nanny.
But, in my ad (I put one ad on sittercity.com and one on craiglist), I clearly wrote my expectations and what we could afford and I had dozens of applicants. I made around 10 interviews and all were great and ready to go for these conditions.
However, as soon as we can afford it (I am launching my own business and have no revenues now. But soon, either I have revenues or get a job), I plan to increase this amount.
I.G. answers from Seattle on February 11, 2010
It depends on where you live, but since I see SF...it's probably similar to here, starting at $16-$20 (depending on experience) per hour or $500 per week. Especially if you hire yourself (without the agency) and need full time care, you should be able to get a weekly rate. Many nannies (at least those that I have interviewed) prefer guaranteed income over hourly...
Au Pair's are cheaper, but you have to have the space and there is some considerable upfront cost for the agency and other one time expenses.
It turned out that we could not afford it, so we went with a daycare center. It was fine, but especially during the first year (or two) nanny care is definitely preferable.
C.T. answers from San Francisco on February 11, 2010
We got our nanny through an agency, do payroll taxes but no benefits. She works for us 36 hours/week and we pay her $18/hr for 2 kids (5 and 2). This does not include the employer taxes we pay. It is a lot of money but so worth it to have someone you trust and someone your kids love watching your kids when you can't be there. I would highly recommend going through a nanny service if you can. The initial costs are high but all of the legwork is done for you as they try to find a match for your family; the nannies are background checked, fingerprinted, CPR certified, DMV checked, etc. Good luck!
M.J. answers from Sacramento on February 11, 2010
Don't forget to factor in the taxes you pay as an employer (unless you pay illegally with cash to avoid this). It's not just a matter of hourly pay. We wanted to pay legally, but the tax implications were the big reason we opted not to use a nanny ... I'm self-employed and taxes are complicated enough as it is.
W.S. answers from San Francisco on February 11, 2010
I have a friend who has been a nanny for close to 10 years... has worked with children from infancy thru Kindergarten, is CPR certified and has excellent references... she makes about $17-$18 per hour plus gas and insurance. She lives and works in the bay area. I would imagine you probably get what you pay for... less exeperience/amenities = less $$... I know she has worked thru an agency before, but am unsure if her current employment was thru an agency. Hope that helps you :).
K.M. answers from San Francisco on February 11, 2010
I strongly believe you get what you pay for. I used to be a nanny while I was working on my Early Childhood Decuation degree, so as an educated professional wouldn't work for under $18/hour. I would say this is the minimum for someone who is very skilled and educated about what they're doing.
K.P. answers from San Francisco on February 11, 2010
It really depends on your specific needs. Do you need a nanny from 9-5 M-F or just a few days a week? Maybe M-F, but just for a half-day?
We pay our nanny $10 and hour if I'm in the house and $12 an hour if I am out of the house. I often work from home so that is why there are two pay rates. We have had 2 nannies for our daughter and both are fantastic - both CPR certified, have clean driving records, and are wonderful, responsible, loving and caring young women who have really become a part of our family and wonderful friends to me personally. And my daughter LOVES them both.
We looked into going through a service, but I found the cost really objectionable. I found both of them through Craig's List in the domestic help section. We placed an ad and interviewed several candidates. We did all the follow-up on their references personally (which I preferred to do anyway) and negotiated their compensation.
Our first was originally a student at the local university. We had her for a year and a half before she found a job in her field and had to leave us.
The other is local and works as a student-aid in the afternoons at a local elementary school and nannies for us for 9 am to 2 pm; 3 days a week.
We don't ask our nanny to do housework or run errands or make dinner. We only ask that she clean up after herself and our daughter when they are done playing.
Anyway, there are a lot more details, and if you would like to contact me directly with questions feel free to.