Nanny with a preggo boss.. How much of a raise should I ask for?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@jessicadarling:  2 years without a raise is a long time! $3 extra per hour seems reasonable, but to give yourself confidence, maybe do some research into what current rates are in your area? And while you may be happy where you are, it might not hurt to start looking at other jobs or agencies. Best case, you’ll find that you have a pretty good job and raise is warranted. Worst case, you find an even better job out there! You don’t want to be taken advantage of, and it’s so easy to let it happen when you like the family and love the kid you care for!

Post # 4
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i dont think its terrible you havent been given a raise in 1.5 years  (plenty of people dont get an annual raise) but i dont see the harm in asking for one once the 2 year mark has passed

3 dollars an hour increase might be a bit high depending on how much youre getting paid at the moment. id talk to them and see what they say

Post # 5
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I guess it depends on how much you’re making now to start with. My gut says that a $3 per hour raise for putting an additional infant in your care is too little. I agree with previous posters to compare typical rates in your area.

Post # 6
725 posts
Busy bee

Depending on what you are paid now, I would ask for $2 or $3 more an hour. 

Post # 7
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

@jessicadarling:  have they already said that you’re going to be staying on for the next kid when the mom has her mat leave? 

Talking about money is never easy, but I think that you should talk to them about what you stated above. How you accepted less because you love their family; however a second child and the fact that you never have been given a raise means it’s time for an increase. 

I personally wouldn’t say $3. I would raise those points and see what they present you with. You can’t go up after you’ve presented less. Let them come up with a figure. I’m sure that they are anticipating this conversation anyway.

Make $3 your bottom line figure (or whatever it is) and see what they offer.

Post # 8
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

how much are your currently making a hour i would ask for at least a 6 dollars raise if im alos watching a newborn!

Post # 9
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012


@missamysmiles:  +1 also is she definitely going back to work after the second baby?  I have a few friends that stayed home after they had the second baby. 

Post # 10
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t think the extra $3 is that bad to ask for since you haven’t been given a raise. I don’t ever get offered raises (I’m also a nanny). I almost feel like the families I have worked for don’t even consider this my actual job, so they think it’s just for side money. This is how I pay my bills! I’m actually working for a family right now for sooo much less than I should be with my experience and the area, but I just LOVE the little boy, and I don’t think they could afford much more than what they are giving me. 

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

@jessicadarling:  If they’re paying you for less work than you’re doing and your workload is about to double then yes, a raise is definitely warranted. I actually think 3 dollars more may be too little, depending n how much you are payed already (would you be willing to share that info?). I agree with @kenziemt: that the worst case scenario is that you don’t get the raise you deserve and so have to look for a better paid job. Honestly from reading this, I’m getting the feeling that you don’t like to put your foot down and these people are a little exploitative of that. Don’t let them sell you short – you care for their child, you deserve their repsect which includes fair pay. 

My mom worked as a maid for a while when I was growing up. I know that being told that you’re really appreciated is great, but how much someone pays you is how much they really value your work.   

Post # 13
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Maybe I’m just crazy… also this depends on how much you are making now… 

But is $3.00 an hour extra really all that is expected from a nanny that is about to put in double the work?! I would think that you should get way more than that… 

I’m just a little in shock… I guess I don’t know much about the nanny buisness! 

Post # 15
8480 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well I don’t think it’s a big deal you haven’t gotten a raise in 2 years, a lot of people don’t.

But if they’re planning on now having you take care of both children, you should definitely get a raise.  I have no idea on how much of a raise is reasonable though.  Maybe look at what it would cost them to have both kids in daycare.  I think you should let them make the first offer (after discussing that you do need a raise for the second child of course).

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