Nanny Salaries - How Much Should You Be Paying?
by: Steve Lampert
Letís face it: you canít always be there to take care
of your child. In your place, you want someone who you can trust. Someone
your children can rely on and who will give them the personal time, attention
and loving care that they deserve. Youíve decided that a nanny is the right
choice for your family's childcare needs. Now, the only thing left is figuring
out whether hiring a nanny is right for your budget.
You might be surprised to find out that, with a little
planning, hiring a nanny can be affordable for almost everyone. The first
thing to consider is the nannyís schedule. Will a nanny be providing full-time
care for your children while you work at your own full-time job? Will you
and your spouse be taking turns with the children by working part-time
in between your nanny's hours? Are your children home all the time, or
do they need nanny supervision after school or on weekends and during vacations
only? These are all important things to consider.
Remember that hiring a nanny is not just for parents working
forty-plus hours a week. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, work from
home, or work minimal hours outside your home, you may find that the services
a nanny can provide are priceless when you compare your nanny's pay to
the added peace-of-mind, relaxation, and renewed patience that even a few
hours' break from your childcare duties can create.
Whether you are just starting your nanny search or you
are ready to draw up the contract, the first thing to think about is what
you will get for your money? How will your proposed nanny's salary affect
the quality of care, as well as the amount of hours, you expect from your
One way to make your decisions educated when you are thinking
about a salary for your nanny is to simply ask around. Other people you
know have hired a nanny, so, ask them how much their nanny gets paid and
what the negotiations of the contract are. Call local nanny agencies in
your area and talk to nannies about what their expectations are. Check
the nanny wanted sections in newspapers and websites to see how much people
in your area are offering.
If you are requiring your nanny to provide their own car
and use it on the job you will need to reimburse the nanny for mileage
based on Federal standards or your stateís standard if higher. This becomes
necessary if your nanny will be picking up your kids from school or driving
them off to sports practice.
Remember that the best way to be comfortable with your
nanny's salary is to openly discuss it with your prospective nanny at the
appropriate time before hiring her.
Live-in Nannies $250-$800 per week
Live-out Nannies (about 40-50 hours per week) $250-$800
Part-time nannies $6.00-$17.50 per hour
The salary range of nannies varies so greatly because
of regional costs and the differences in nanniesí experience and education.
Do your research and make the right decision based on where you live and
what your needs are.
About The Author
Steve Lampert is the President of www.enannysource.com,
a web-based nanny agency. Prior to starting the company in 2001, he was
president of a well-known nanny agency in Los Angeles. He lives with his
wife of 13 years and 8 year-old son in the San Fernando Valley in California.