How much should I pay??!

Hello All! It is great to be back on the blog! As I stated in a recent Instagram post, trying to balance college, 2 nanny families, running a business, and trying to be a normal 22 year-old is super hard!! But, I have been making some changes that will allow me to devote more time to things like this!!

My topic for today is simple. The title says it all. This is one of the most asked questions I get or see in moms groups. This topic is very touchy, so I felt I had to voice my opinion on the subject. It is a huge issue overall and on both sides. Nannies try to drastically over charge and families try to drastically undercharge.

The average pay for a nanny in Houston is $14.65. (click to see where I got that information) It is so common for me to see a college freshman who worked for a month at a summer program and has no other actual babysitting or nanny experience getting paid $15 an hour for 1 child. Which is completely incorrect. So, I will be listing what I feel factors into pay.

  • Lifestyle: See whether who you are interviewing is a career nanny or just coming into this as an extra means. A career nanny would get paid more (because of experience, credentials, ect.) and want to discuss things like a salary and benefits.
  • Experience: This is SO IMPORTANT!  A nanny who has been actually professionally nannying for at least 2 years or more would get paid more than someone who has been on and off babysitting for the last year. This matters because a long-time nanny knows the importance of tidying up at the end of the day, making sure bags are packed for the next day, ensuring the child's laundry is done. A babysitter does not necessarily have to do those things.
  • References: I personally believe references factors into pay. My reason being that references let you know exactly what type of work the candidate has been doing. If they say they have a year experience and all of their references only use them from time to time; then you know they have no years experience being an actual nanny. (trust me there is a difference!) Ask their references what was/are their duties and how often they use them. How long is/was their child normally in their care.
  • Certifications: This is a major factor. Continuing education always ups the pay. This shows true dedication to the field. ANY PERSON CARING FOR YOUR CHILD SHOULD ALWAYS BE CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED. 
  • Work Load: Try to be realistic. If you want your nanny caring for your child and doing full housework, of course, the pay would be more. Duties for the child like tidying up and laundry should be included. 
  • Number children: If you have 3 young children the rate is going to be more. Things like age and how many are potty trained also factors into this.

This is what I think the rates should be: 

Nanny

  • $11-14/hour live-out -- for a nanny who is 18-20 years-old or has less than two years verifiable child care experience. (more experience, higher pay) Ex: 18 year-old, did occasional babysitting in high school, CPR/First Aid Certified, 1 child, 3 years old (potty trained), duties include laundry. $11 an hour.
  • $14-20/hour live-out -- for a nanny who is 21 years or older, has two or more years verifiable child care experience. (more experience, higher pay) Ex. 25 year-old, nanny for 5 years, solid references, CPR/First Aid Certified, Early Childhood Development Certification, 2 children, 6 months and 2 years-old (not potty trained and in MDO 2 days a week), duties include laundry. $15 an hour.

Babysitter (added this in by request)

  • 18-20 years-old, up to 2 years experience, CPR/First Aid (1 child: $11 an hour, 2 children: $12-$14 an hour. (depending on ages and how long children are awake while the sitter is there) 3 children and up: $15 an hour and up (depending on ages and how long children are awake while the sitter is there)
  • 21 and up, 3 years or more experience, CPR/First Aid (1 child: $12 an hour, 2 children: $14-$15 an hour (depending on ages and how long children are awake while the sitter is there) 3 children and up: $16 an hour and up (depending on ages and how long children are awake while the sitter is there)

I bet you are wondering about raises? If you or your nanny notices that their duties have increased, they have obtained some certifications that can be beneficial to your child, or you want to talk about something more permanent, that is the perfect time to talk about a raise. A good time frame would be from about 6 months to a year of working together.

I hope you find this helpful! Please feel free to comment and let me know if you have any questions or topic suggestions!

-Brooklyn