Post # 1
Hi – I’m sure this has been asked before, but most threads I could find were a few years old.
Trying to work on my post-baby budget: what’s the going rate for live-out nannies in Manhattan these days? I will need someone from 7:30 am-6:30 pm on the UES, 5 days a week. Will need to be on the books. I have seen ranges of $12-$15/hr…does that sound right? Or is that only for “off the books” and I’ll need to assume more to get back to a net cost of $15/hr?
Thanks, all! Such an important job but also so hard to think about this extra cost…
Post # 3
@MrsNYC2B: I don’t know the going rate, so unfortunately I can’t help with that, but your range seems pretty low for a high quality experienced nanny on the UES. I used to get paid close to the low end of your range, for babysitting as a teenager, 15ish years ago in north jersey.
Post # 4
Just FYI, if you are going on the books, you must pay the nanny time and a half for hours worked over 40 per week. Some people get around this by hiring 2 part time nannies. I live in a medium sized Midwest city and pay $12/hr for 1 1-year-old baby, so I imagine the cost in NYC is higher. Good luck!
Post # 5
My cousin lives in NYC and her nanny is being paid $30 an hour.
She’s an amazing nanny, so that’s probably why…
But, yeah she lives in with my cousin’s family. So she’s definitely not available lol.
Post # 6
@WestCoastV: Babysitting vs Nannying is pretty different.
@MrsNYC2B: I’ve worked as a Nanny on the UES, and as a college-educated girl I made between $15 – $20/hr (off the books). If you are looking for a career nanny (probably not college educated – which is honestly probably better – they’ll stick around and not just use this as something to do while waiting for a “real” job) the going rate is about $700/week. Check out the Park Slope Survey, Urban Baby, and Sitter City for good information. Be careful with Urban baby though – those mommas be crazy.
Post # 7
When I nannied here in NYC, I was paid $15-20/hour off the books. I definitely would have required at least $20 if it was on the books, and there were no other benefits, like healthcare or metrocard/taxi money.
Off the books was better for my employers, because then we didn’t need to work out them paying me for vacation time or sick days. If I didn’t work, I wasn’t paid. It was ok for me back then (3.5 years ago). I nannied 2 kids at a time, and sometimes their play dates.
Post # 8
Yup, this was abut 5 years ago, but as a part time nanny, I got 15 to 20 dollars (off the books) an hour. Because I was a performer who was a nanny on the side (though overly qualified) that rate was okay for me, because I was still going to auditions etc. If I chose just to focus on just being a nanny, with my skill set etc. agencies were offering 25 dollars an hour.
Post # 9
@JrzyGurl: yeah. I agree that being a nanny is obviously different than being a babysitter. Presumably a good nanny would be better compensated than a babysitter. The point I was making was that as a babysitter, over a decade ago, I was getting paid $10/hr, so I thought the OP’s cost expectation was low.
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback, all – seems like like there is quite a range. I still have a few months but this provides a good start.