Post # 1
Hi Bees! I have a few questions about nannying, so I am hoping there are bees out there who work as nanny’s, or parents who have a nanny for their kids!
I will be graduating next month with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and early childhood education. I love working with kids…it’s the only job I’ve ever had. I’ve been babysitting since I was a teenager, and have worked as a long-term nanny for three families. My plan after graduation was to find a teaching job…but the job market where I live is not great right now. It’s getting better, but still not great. There is a HUGE amount of competition for teaching jobs here. Even those that get a job do not make much at all.
So here’s where my questions come in: does anyone have any experiene with making a living as a nanny? I am considering finding a family that wants a long-term nanny for at least one year, and working for them full-time. My SO makes $12/hour working 40 hours/week at his job, and I am hoping to find a nanny job making between $10-$15/hour, so between the two of our incomes we would be in ok shape. Thoughts? Opinions? Has anyone had success working as a long-term nanny? My hope would be to work for a family for a year or so, and give the job market more time to bounce back. I’d also consider taking a few online classes towards a Master’s degree while working as a nanny.
Any input, advice, opinions (positive and negative!) would be appreciated! Thank you!
Post # 2
I am a part time caregiver, about 20 hours a week. I prefer older children, though, so I can’t do all day care since they’re in school. ECE majors are in huge demand as nannies in my area. Can I ask where you’re located? I have had luck with both care.com and sittercity.com, although care.com usually has twice as many postings at a time for Central NJ. Both sites let you set up a profile, add references, and purchase a background check.
ETA: earnings will largely depend on your area and the number of kids. I live in a middle class area that is relatively close to both very high and very low income areas, and I’ve seen job offers with anywhere from $3 to $30 an hour, although $10 is about average. With your degree and experience, you could probably make a little more, especially if you’re willing to watch multiple kids
Post # 3
I’d definitely try to get your master’s while working full time. You’ll probably be able to find a nanny job 30-40 hours a week at $10-15 range depending on the age and number of kids and your area. Making a combined say $24/hr full time is probably doable but obviously would be better to have the teaching job. I’ve been a nanny for twins in the summers and I loved it and if it’s just for a year or so I’m sure it would work out fine. I’d keep looking for teaching jobs but if you find a great family I’d totally go for with.
Post # 4
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I nannied in college and after and am getting back into it since I’ve had a baby. I live in a super expensive place now, but I used to live in Florida and easily made a living wage. I worked full time for one family– 50 hours a week quite often. It’s challenging though, with taxes, lack of PTO, healthcare, etc.
You have to find the right family and figure it out from there, I think.
Post # 5
I wanted to offer that personally when I was looking at hiring a nanny, if anyone had a teaching degree (especially if it was earned recently) I specifically asked about their long term plans/goals. For me a year wasn’t long and I didn’t want to hire someone knowing that I’d have to go through the same process and find a replacement in a year. Obviously you could always lie but just something to consider that it may limit you for who would want to hire you.
Post # 6
FutureMrsB105: I think it depends on where you live and your experience level. I make a living as Nanny and have for about 5 years now, I worked in a childcare 2 years prior to nannying. I make $50,000+ a year (comes out to $26 an hour) which is decent for 1.5 twin boys and a new baby due any day now. I get 14 days paid time off, 7 sick days, stipend for health insurance and I get paid every two weeks (with taxes taken out already), I have pay stubs for everything. Its a normal job. The key is to brand yourself, get good references and experience is what families love the most. I have been nanny for about 5 years now and how much I got paid and what I was looking for went up quickly. Make sure you go through a nanny agency, as a nanny you will not have to pay to be apart of the agency. You will just have to interview with the agency before you can interview with their families. Families who go through agencies are serious because they do have to pay for the services of the agency and they will pay top dollar for a college educated nanny who will take good care of their kids. I lucked out with an amazing family who needs my services. Good luck!
Post # 7
FutureMrsJefferson: Thanks for all the information! I’ve worked as a summer nanny (full-time, 5 days/week) for three different families. I also worked for a family for eight months at part-time (1-2 days/week). I’ve been babysitting/nannying for about 6 years now.
As far as your benefits go (sick time, PTO, stipends, etc.) how was that negociated? Were those benefits that were required via the agency, or did you discuss them directly with the family? For my summer jobs, I made between $8-$12 an hour and I am hoping to find a family that is willing to pay at least $12-$13 an hour.
Post # 8
Laurenplusalex: I am located in southeast Michigan. I’m not really sure what the “average” salary is for nannies or sitters. I’ve worked as a summer nanny for three families, and I made between $8 and $12 an hour. But these were short-term positions (typically May-August). Now I am hoping to make at least a one year commitment to a family, and I am hoping this will translate to a slightly higher salary.
Post # 9
FutureMrsB105: Every agency that I have ever worked with has a standard contract, then they would add or subtract things depending on the nanny position. The stipend is normal for my area, but I know plenty others where it is not. PTO is very standard but the sick days I had to ask for myself. Most families will work with you! Maybe google some nanny agencies in your area then call and ask what the normal hourly rate is in your area, and then apply to as many agencies in your area as possible. Have strong references ready too. Feel free to message me if you have any other questions! You should make the type of money you want with a degree and 6 years of experience.
Post # 10
Thank you, everyone for your input so far. I think it is always difficult to figure out a job post college graduation. I appreciate the advice. My SO and I are discussing the situation now, and I think I will put some feelers out to see if I cna find a good family who is willing to work with me.
Any other advice, bees? I apreciate it!
Post # 11
I literally just had my first interview for a nanny job two hours ago! It was for a family I found through care.com, their current nanny is moving away next week so they’re looking for someone to start immediately. I’m not getting my hopes too high because I don’t have a lot of experience, most of my experience working with kids is as a gymnastics coach, but maybe they’ll love me more than the other candidates they’re interviewing. In the mean time I’m thinking about volunteering at a daycare to gain experience, and I already had an interview at a preschool to be an assistant teacher. You could look into that, but that position was only $8/hour. 40 hours a week though.
Post # 12
FutureMrsB105: I’m a former public school teacher turned nanny. I liked being a teacher, but being a nanny is so much better. It’s more laid back, you’re shown way more appreciaton and, depending on your area, it actually pays better. I work in Boston and I make considerably more than $15/hour working with just one adorable infant. It’s a less competive job market too if you’re educated and experienced. Everytime I’ve lost my job, I’ve found a new one within days. During my last job search I had over 30 familes contact me in just the first 3 days of my job search. Plus, I want to be a stay at home mom when my fiance and I are ready to have kids, so it’s great practice : )
Post # 13
I used to be a live-in nanny. I nannied a little girl from almost the day she was born until she was 6 years old. It was not common for me to live in the home for days to a week at a time. I was paid 15/hr with all my expenses getting to and from work were covered as well as any expenses I aquired caring for the child (Replacing clothes/shoes, buying food/school supplies/etc) but my situation was very different from what other people may experience since I ended up being the sole caretaker for this little girl as her father died quite young & her mother was more interested in her career than a daughter. I would imagine your price range to be reasonable, being a nanny can be really fulfilling but also exceptionally stressful depending on the family. I would suggest getting CPR trained as it really helps in interviews & ask about what parents expect for medical care — For example, the mother of the girl I nannied was a Christian Scientist. They don’t believe in medical care. So, ask the parent what they would expect you to do and/or if they had any preferred treatment/facilities in case of an emergency.<br /><br />Word of mouth is excellent when it comes to babysitters/nannies, families will most definitely spread word of you if they like you and do a good job.
Post # 14
FutureMrsB105: I was a part time Nanny when I lived in Brookly. I watched two boys ( 6&9 when I started) for two years. I just did after school care as well as school vacation, holidays and snow days. I was paid 20/hr and I had 4 weeks paid vacation a year. I also got paid sick days, we never negotiated an amount but it was never an issue. I did give them a two year commitment from the begining and we never had a formal contract. they also gave me an unlimited metro card each month. I was able to bring my daughter (1 at the time) to work with me, so it was a pretty ideal situation. I had a decent amount of childcare experience starting out, and although I hadn’t finished my degree I was still a well educated fluent english speaker, which is in high demand. as someone said earlier families with the resources to hire a full time nanny are not afraid to pay for it. I loved the family I worked for and I still visit them whenever I get to NYC!
Post # 15
cora_123: I was going to say the same thing. If you are a good nanny, I would have wanted someone that could stay for 3-4 years. Kids get very attached and if you are only going to do it for a year, that would be hard on the whole family.
I had a nanny for 2.5 years and had to let her go when I lost my job and ended up moving away for another job. It was a very sad day…she was a part of our family. It would have devestated me and the kids if she had left after a year.
Some of your other questions….I think 40 hours would be the minimum you would work. If the parents work full time, it’s usually 45-50 hours since they are there 8-5 and they have commuting time as well. In terms of taxes, some people pay under the table so you would have to discuss that ahead of time. And I think $10-15 is reasonable but since you are younger, it might be on the lower end. Also, make sure you spell out exactly what your responsibilities will be – cleaning, cooking, or just taking care of the kids. And clarify how much vacation you will get and if you can take it when you choose or if it has to follow when the parents take vacation. Also, what happens if you are sick?
I wrote out a contract for my nanny that listed out all the details. We both signed it.