Post # 1
We are moving to a mid-sized Midwestern city (think Indianapolis, Cleveland, St. Paul, etc). I am starting the search for a nanny and I am wondering what I should expect to pay hourly. We have one 4-month old (but we won’t need anyone for another couple of months). We will need the nanny 4 days per week, from about 7:30 to 5:30. I will also expect them to do some light housekeeping- mainly just make the baby’s meals (when he starts eating solids), do baby laundry, and take the dog out once or twice. I am assuming that it is standard to also provide health insurance. Any ballpark ideas about salary?
Post # 3
Something they could live off of. Nothing fancy, unless you can afford it, but that would cover living expenses like an apartment, groceries, and gas.
Post # 4
I would like to know this too.
Post # 5
I live right outside of Ann Arbor, MI and have looked around a bit for an idea. It seems for an adult (not a H.S student type thing) it’s roughly $15/hr. I have seen some from $12-$18 for one infant. No idea on insurance, I have known many nannies and only 1 had insurance and only 2 worked “on the books.” Looks like at about 40 hours a week that will be $600/wk. Not sure since you will be new to town, but I have known people who did “nanny share” where 2 or 3 families shared 1 nanny, so she made say $20 hour for watching 2 infants at the same time; more money for the nanny, more social interaction for the kid and cheaper on the parents.
Post # 6
I made $35/hr working as a nanny on the west coast, up until about a year and a half ago. I didn’t get benefits, but I was still on my parents’ health insurance plan at the time. I worked 40 hours a week, plus off-hours babysitting when the parents needed a sitter during the evenings or on weekends. When I did babysit for them, I was paid my normal hourly rate. They paid for the outings I took the children on (Ex: the zoo, waterpark, museums). I got a christmas bonus ($500) both years that I worked for the family.
ETA: They paid me in cash, but I was issued a 1099 at the end of the year, so I worked “on the books.”
Post # 7
I make $15/hour in a city like you are describing, but I am only working part time. Those are technically full time hours, so you will probably want to offer some kind of benefits to attract the attention of experienced nannies. You also have to factor in the taxes as there are some taxes that have to be paid for by the employer. Care.com has a page that explains all of the taxes. You can find some people who are willing to work off the books, but if you want an experienced adult nanny you will have to go on the books so that they can prove their income when need-be. The 1099 is not technically working on the books since a nanny is a household employee, but a lot of people tend to go that direction because it is easier. I would talk to an accountant if you are unfamiliar with all of this!
Post # 8
I live in a similar size city as you’re describing, and I am going to start looking for a nanny for January (baby’s due in October).
We plan on paying them $15/hour on the books from 8 am – 6 pm 5 days/week. We will offer them 2 weeks paid vacation + all of the holidays that I get from work. We will also be paying mileage (for errands/outings they do while they’re working), and for any expensese they incur during working hours having to do with the baby.
We will not be offering them health insurance or any other kind of benefit, way too expensive, and I don’t believe it’s something that’s expected when you’re not working for a company.
We are also hoping to nanny share, but we haven’t found anyone in our immediate area looking for a nanny the same time we are. If we do end up finding another family to share with, we will probably pay them around $20-22/hour to watch both children.
Post # 9
Great info. Thanks everyone!
Post # 10
I was earning $25 an hour to look after a 15 month old boy Roughly 3 days a week. In my experience the amount an employer will pay dictates the type of applicant they are looking for. I you are wanting things like childcare/teaching graduates or students as well as first aid qualifications, their own car/ good driving record, police Clearance and a working with children’s check ( I don’t know if America has this but in aus you need one to work in any environment with kids present) then generally you should be willing to pay a little more or offer Some sort of incentive to beat off the competition