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Everything You Need to Know about What to Pay Your Nanny

Several factors can affect the salary

by Steven Lampert  |  4698 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

When a family is considering hiring a nanny, one of the main issues that they face is how much of a salary to offer. The amount nanny is paid can depend on a range of factors, from the nanny's experience to the location in which the family lives. In addition, the salary will depend on whether the nanny lives in or out of the family's home. Regardless, it must always comply with the state's minimum hourly requirements and federal regulations. Nanny salaries, in general, will range from $275 to $800 weekly, with the range of $400 to $500 per week being most common, or $7 to $18 per hour.

Figuring Out the Right Range for a Nanny Salary

There are several ways to determine the appropriate salary. First, ask other families in the area what they are paying their nannies. Next, talk to a nanny agency to see what the going rate is for nannies. Consider doing some online research to find out what salaries are like in the state – there are many parenting message boards and online nanny agencies with informative articles and discussions that can help narrow the range. One can safely assume that a nanny salary will be higher in an urban area that has a higher cost of living and lower in a suburban or rural area that has a lower cost of living.

A recent study conducted by the International Nanny Association  reports that nanny salaries across the country can range from $300 to $1000 a week and from $12 to $15 per hour . The survey also states that nannies who provide extra services get paid more -- between $25 and $100 per night for overnight care (though some nannies receiving nothing extra for overnight care) and between $50 and $200 per day for travel.

Live-In vs. Live-Out Nannies

If one is hiring a live-in nanny, one should also take into consideration that the nanny will be getting room and board as well as her pay, and should adjust the salary accordingly. A higher nanny salary might also be considered if the nanny is offering services other than childcare, such as housekeeping or cleaning. For a live-out nanny, her salary will be higher if she has a car that she can use to pick up the children and take them to school or to activities. She also may be asked to do such tasks as cook a meal or two for the children, and her salary should also be adjusted for this.


A person who has worked as a nanny for several families in the past will command a higher nanny salary than a person who is seeking her first nanny position. Nannies with previous experience will also, of course, want to make as much as or more than they had made with their other families.

About the Author

Steven Lampert is the president of eNanny Source, an online nanny service that brings together families and nannies.

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1 comment so far...

  • This is great. As a former live in and live out nanny and a nanny employer (oh, how things come full circle!!), I agree with this article. There are so many considerations and this covers many of them.

    I need to point out, however, that it is great for a nanny to come with first aid and CPR training but if said training lapses or isn't there then the employer should pay for it, ESPECIALLY if the feel this is the nanny they want. It a very small investment with a possible HUGE payback.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 21st February 2008