Help! What do/would you pay your FT nanny?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If you were 18 and out of high school, 450 would be fair… But you are 24, with a degree in child development and probably more experience around kids than them. I wouldn’t take that – it sounds like if you have a night out with friends they will get pissy with their “no other commitments” spiel. Nope, nope nope! How soon before ‘some weeks 30 hours and others 47 hours’ becomes all weeks 47 hours? I don’t like that. 

I would counter with the flat rate including something like any hours needed 8:30 to 4:30 during the week, and a set rate of $x per hour after over and above that if they arrange it with you one week ahead of time, and $y per hour if they give you less than a week’s notice.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I wouldn’t take it. 

I also wouldn’t do a flat rate. I have done that before and it can be so frustrating working different hours and not knowing a set schedule. Hourly pay is a must

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

It really depends on where you live. I work as a nanny in Boston, where the wages are much higher, but the cost of living here is also pretty high. Less expensive cities have lower wages.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

FutureMrsT1221:  I know the cost of living is lower down there, but I don’t know exactly what nannies make in your area. You could try finding a nanny support group in your city and ask them for advice. They would have a much better idea of what you should making with your experience : )

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi, I am nannying currently and only making 8.50 an hour in Omaha, NE whereas a friend of mine in Chicago makes $15 an hour. It all depends where you live! I’m originally from canada and I’m not even making min wage if I was working there… Cost of living is cheaper here so the families pay cheaper. Hope that helps

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

FutureMrsT1221:  I agree with a PP. I worked for someone with a flat rate, and over time they used me more and more hours than the low hour weeks. It got to the point where I had to ask for an hourly rate.  Not having a set schedule is terrible too. How do you know when you can set a drs appt? Attend a wedding? Also holidays were terrible. The family would ask me to sit on Valentines day (so mom and dad could go on a date) and there wasnt much I could do. I felt very taken advantage of. 

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Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would not agree to a flat rate, unless it’s is a rate where you would be happy working 50+ hour weeks on a regular basis. Often times they will sell you on the fact that you will have lower hour weeks, but that quite possibly will be rare. Also do not cut yourself short and work for that much under market rate. If they are offering you that much under, that is a good reflection as to how they operate as employers & as parents. Most people do not want bargain basement care for their children.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

FutureMrsT1221:  

My mother is a nanny, and 400-600 a week is actually low and fair.

Have you tried checking if your school offers prorated child care? I know that my undergrad and grad schools provided prorated child care for parents who were attending school and/or in need.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Glorificous:  

I think you misread the OP. She IS the nanny, not looking for one! Also the family in question has a baby rather than a school-aged child.

FutureMrsT1221: 

I think this is a case of the parents wanting a more glamourous lifestyle than they can afford as new parents. I would send them a link to where you found the average pay for a FT live-out nanny in your area, and explain how you would be willing to take $80 less than that per week in exchange for the stability. I defy them to find a better-qualified carer in that $450-650 pw price range!

Also: those all-expenses-paid-trips = taking care of the kids 24/7. It’s not really a trip for you, it’s more work with a different location. If you want to work those into your flat rate, fine – but don’t let them blow it up as a huge perk when really you’ll be tied down the whole time with their kids. It’d probably be really fun but you will still have all that responsibility all the time.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

FutureMrsT1221:  If you like them I would counter offer with $550/wk and also a stipulation that if you go over an average of 40/wk in a 4 week period you are paid for the extra hours at a set rate. I would also have a written contract with all this in it. also if they need you outside a specified set of hours (9-5 or whatever) they need to give you advance notice. keep a calander at their house for your schedule and if you make plans write them on the schedule as soon as you make them so they know your exact avalability. also make sure they throw in some sick days!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

babeba:  whoops sorry. i read wrong. well, depending on your location and medium salary, id go with whats liveable. youre a student plus expenses, it aint easy. many believe students will grasp what they can, but seems like you know this isnt very nice and acceptable wage

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