Post # 1
I’m in need of help, I am a former nanny with a little one of my own (13 months) and hope to get back into caregiving. I have the opportunity to watch another one year old full time at my home (food provided), this totals up to 47 hours a week. 6:30-4pm M-F. I do not have any other kids nor really plan on taking in any other kids as I like to keep the ratio 1:1 or 1:2 now with my own son. Currently, this family pays for their daughter to be watched by a friend’s in-home childcare that sounds less than stellar. They pay her $130 a week, however this person doesn’t provide the best care and often has a number of older children she also watches that prevent the 1 yr old from getting one on one attention.
I’m currently trying to figure out what to ask for for my services. I provide one on one, attentive care and can guarentee their child will be the only child I watch in addition to my son. I live in the cincinnati area, but am from a smaller town so I know I can’t expect 400+ a week.
How much would you expect to pay someone for this level of care? I really am more of a parent-partner than just a sitter since I will be with the baby 9.5 hrs a day and I fully intend on having that one-on-one time with her as well as doing more activities than her previous caregiver was able to.
Thoughts? I don’t want to be taken advantage of but I’m unsure of how much I could ask for without being too out there. Thanks!
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
I feel that way too, I know I NEED to ask for more since it’s what my care is worth but am antsy about losing a job. My family could really use it- on the other hand I’d hate to take a job where I would end up hating my employers because I was grossly underpaid. :/ right now I feel like I’m in a tight spot. Thanks for your reply! it always helps to hear from other nannies
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yikes $130? There is no way I would find a nanny for less than $25ph. Daycare is $80 day.
Post # 13
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
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
eastcoaster: No way. The ratio of caregiver to child is higher in a daycare which is exactly why OP should charge MORE!