What do you pay?

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Registered: 06-24-2008
What do you pay?
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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 11:21pm

I'm trying to figure out what to offer a new nanny I am trying to hire. Mind if I ask you all what you pay or would pay? My past nanny was $10/hour and this was for 2-3 kids and also a dog. The job is fairly easy. When she gets here the little ones are napping, when they wake up it's playtime, dinner, bedtime. No bath. Once they are down which is usually around dark, it's either she's alone at that point and has a couple hours to herself she can read, watch tv, or hop on our wireless; or my oldest is here and she may need to quiz her on spelling, science or something, but mostly it's hang out, maybe paint some nails, read, watch tv, or whatever. The dog is pretty easy going, but does need to be fed dinner. Also the nanny will be working 1/2 a day on Saturday as a "daddy's helper" mostly watching the two little ones, and one of the weeknights I'll get home early, so no bedtime that night just dinner/playtime.

Is $10/hour reasonable? I always feel it is low but we've paid that to the last three sitters/nanny's we have and they've never complained or asked for more. Total hours per week will be 26-30, so at $10/hour it would be $260-$300/week. I realize this can vary depending on where in the country you live, for comparison in our area a one bedroom apartment typically starts around $800/mo and climbs steadily from there depending on what you want. This wouldn't be her only job though, she would be getting another PT job too. She's moving here and is new to the area, I really like her, and am wondering about offering a little more than $10/hour.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 6:43am

It really depends on where you live. When the boys were young (2-5), the going rate around here for a professional nanny was $20 per hour. More if you also wanted light housekeeping and an occasional meal prepared. ~$10 per hour for neighborhood teenage babysitters.

I don't know what it is now. However, I live in relatively high COL area with a zip code bump up.

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Registered: 04-22-2009
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 9:22am

we pay $14 per hour for a guaranteed 35 hour work week (7 hour day, split-shift). there are now only 3 kids under her care.

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Registered: 06-16-2010
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:45am

We paid our nanny $14 per hour for just the baby, but she didn't charge any more if, say, the older child was off school. And when we got a dog she didn't charge any more either.


Like pps said, it depends on where you live. In my area, $14 per hour is on the high side but this woman is in demand, highly educated in ECE, is certified in infant CPR, etc. And she was worth every penny! My kids still ask for her to be their sitter when DH & I go out, even though we have family who will do it for nothing. :-)


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Registered: 10-06-2009
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 11:48pm

OMG, I ws just lurking and I have spent two minutes actually laughing out loud at the baby thing on the bottom of your post!!!!!!


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:50am

Just right-click on it to save it if you have a PC. If you have a Mac, no clue. ;-)


I'd love to take credit for it but I stole it from someone else! When I saw it

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sat, 08-07-2010 - 5:44am
I really like it too, lol, although I wonder why it would really be SO bad to put baby in a dog cage ;).

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 11:18pm

I do not have a full time nanny, just a teenage girl who watches my kids (boys ages 11 and 8) about once a week and I pay her $12 an hour.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:08pm

Imo,