Help! Determining pay for nannying a one year old.

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

SimplyChic11:  when I nannied I was paid $10/hr per child. I nannied for a pretty wealthy family, though. But child care I feel is worth that much! If you’re uncomfortable asking for that much, I’d say $300-350/week. They’re getting what they pay for and I don’t think it’s all that exorbitant if their child is spending 9.5 hours of the day with you. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t know. So much depends on the people you are nannying for. People would be shocked to know that I have nannied in the past, and when all was said and done, I was only paid roughly $4 per hour. I had a friend tell me that I was actually being paid too much since daycare would be cheaper.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, minimum wage in Ohio is $7.95. For 47 hours, that’s $373.65. Plus you will be paying for food, which can add up fast. But since you’re also watching your own child, maybe you could adjust your hourly wage slightly. I would present it with an hourly cost + food cost to the parents so they understand your logic.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Take a look at daycare centers in your area and see what the weekly rate is for a one year old. This would be a good comparison and you could offer slightly less than that. Say more daycares are about $250 a week offer to do it for $200-$225. $130 seems so low, that comes out to $2.76 per hour! Shoot high and then negotiate with the faimly and explain why you are worth more.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am a professional nanny and I nanny one 3 year old full time…about 40 to sometimes 50 hours a week. I charge $30 an hour and I get paid that without any problems. You should NOT be afraid to ask for a quality wage as you will be providing top quality care for their child. Being a nanny is hard! You are essentially taking over a parent’s responsibilities for a bulk of the day. As long as your quality of care is there, you should not be afraid to ask for at LEAST $15/hour. 

In my area, there aren’t ANY nannies who would nanny a child for less than $15-$18. Granted, each family’s financial situation is different but they cannot expect you to work for basically free. And as a parent, wouldn’t YOU pay a higher wage for quality one on one care? I think so! 

Just something to keep in mind. Please feel free to PM if you have any questions! I’ve been doing this for about 5 years. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I can’t speak to wage, but have you thought about sick time/vacation time? Will you take the child when he/she is sick? What about when you’re sick? Holidays? Will you want to take days off? I would address those issues, as well.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve nannied for the lady five years and charge a higher rate for going to their home vs mine and add cost if they are driven in my car to school or activities. It’s $2 less per hour to care for them in my home but we never leave the house. If you are going to be taking the child around and since it is more than 40 hours per week than I would charge more. I would also charge time and a half for the time over 40 hours and a late fee if they are late picking up. That is a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG day. you will resent them if they are constantly late and not compensating you for that time. 

We live in the burbs of Chicago(if we were downtown it’s double)and I charge $12 for one child in my home and $14 out of the home. Each additional child is an extra $4 per hour. I take two vacations per year, one unpaid. I am paid when they vacation. If kids are sick, now that I have DD, they usually stay home and I  not paid. I’m in a different situation now since I only watch my nephews and nieces twice per week now that DD is here. 

Ask for the higher rate. You are worth it!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmm…granted I live in an expensive area but I pay $12/hr, 45 hrs/week, plus 2 weeks vacation and sick days for a nanny my baby shares with another family’s baby. I say ask for what you think you’re worth. You’ll find out pretty quickly if it’s too high for your area and can adjust down from there.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

SimplyChic11:  nannying around here is insane. 47 hours a week with that type of care?  I’m thinking around here it would be $400.  

$130 is so insanely cheap.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Yikes $130? There is no way I would find a nanny for less than $25ph. Daycare is $80 day.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I do care out of my own home while I take care

of my son.  I do a flat rate of $50.00 per child per day.   That is my area though..so your might be pricer.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

SimplyChic11:  I’m not a nanny but $130/week for any job is insane and I would NEVER work for that amount of money! You are worth much more than that. And at that pay, what’s the point? You are so close to working for free at that point!

Would love an update! Did you end up negotiating and getting better pay? 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

eastcoaster:  No way.  The ratio of caregiver to child is higher in a daycare which is exactly why OP should charge MORE!

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