Calling all nannies!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

I’m a nanny that works 45-50 hours a week and gets paid $610/week. Will you expect your nanny to do housework (Other than baby laundry and bottles)? If so, bump up the salary. I’d also check the average rate for your area. Good luck!

Post # 5
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515 posts
Busy bee

@eecuadrado:  when i was a nanny i charged $10 per hour. I thought it was fair considering that the mom was late all the time and I ususally stayed at least an extra hour. but this was also when i was a freshman in college (5 years ago) so the rate may be a little outdated.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m paid $10/hr to watch a 1.5 year old part time, including cooking light meals (chicken fingers, pb&j, etc). I’m also a college student. If you want someone full time and beyond college age, depending on the area $15/hr may be reasonable. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I charged between 12-15 an hour when I was 21-22. (about 6 years ago) But, it depends on where you live. 

Post # 11
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Right now I am babysitting my niece and nephew and my sister is paying me $10/hour – the going rate around me is at least $10/hour for ONE child; I cut her a deal since she’s my sister. Wink

I make the kids lunch and help clean a little bit (mostly just putting their toys away, but sometimes I do a little housework when they nap) but I don’t think that’s the norm with nannies, unless you decide that’s what you want.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@eecuadrado:  Be careful about the tax thing. In my state (I think in all states?) nannies have to pay self-employment taxes that are significantly higher. They’re treated as sub-contractors.

(I’m using $10/hr as an example. I usually made between $10-12/hr when I was working as a nanny)

So… Some families will pay $10 plus the self-employment taxes for the nanny when tax time comes around. Some will figure up around what those taxes will be and add it to the nanny’s regular pay and then she’s in charge of saving it for tax time. Some will only pay the $10/hr and the nanny has to come up with the money for her taxes. Realize in this scenario, you are not really paying her $10/hr. Some nannies may be okay with that, but make sure you discuss it with her first. I would guess that most experienced nannies have already taken the taxes into account which may be why their rates seem high, but it’s definitely something to discuss. 

From my experience as a nanny, I would also suggest having her do some light housework related to the baby. I definitely wouldn’t have her doing your laundry or vacuuming your floors but there’s nothing wrong with asking her to do baby related dishes, or cleaning the bottles after the baby uses them. There is a lot of down-time with infant care and most responsible caregivers won’t mind a few baby-related chores. IMO, you don’t want to hire the person who is willing to work for the lowest pay as long as she doesn’t have to do much work. I think you’re going to get better care from someone who charges a reasonable amount for the area and is willing to work while she is getting paid. That’s just my two cents though. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@eecuadrado:  I would expect to pay at least $12-15/hr. This isn’t something I would want to find on the cheap. 

I work in Fox Chase & am using Creative Beginnings day care, which is run by fox chase cancer center. It’s a great daycare and worth every penny. 

Maybe you should evaluate your budget & determine if the cost of childcare equals out with you income. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Care.com will help you get a good idea of the going rate for your particular area. Around here (far DC metro) the normal amount is $500-600 per week (standard 40 hour week) for 1 child, 2 weeks paid vacation, and a few paid sick days.

Also, just to note, according to our accountant, the tax code views a nanny as your employee, NOT an independent contractor. You, as the employer, are responsible for paying your share of employment taxes. Most people treat a nanny as an independent contractor for tax purposes, which makes them a good target for an IRS audit and penalties when everything comes to light in the end.

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