How much to pay Nanny for 2 kids?

Teresa - posted on 12/02/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Dear Moms, we are about to have another child in a few weeks. We have a 2-year old right now and we have a nanny that comes during weekdays. Currently, we pay her $11/hr and we cover her income taxes, we give her paid holidays off (for example, she gets one week paid Christmas leave, plus all official holidays of the year), and lunch meals. We try to be as fair and generous as possible with our nanny but we also want to save of course... any ideas on how much we should pay her once we have the second baby? Many thanks.

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Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011

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Well a newborn is going to be a lot of work along with a toddler. I think it would be fair to pay her double. There are nanny's out there that make way more than $11/hr. In fact that's very cheap. Most get a certain amount a week and it's not cheap at ALL. I think $11per a child is very fair. I understand you're trying to save but you are getting a steal.

Sherri - posted on 12/02/2011

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Well I would pay half price for the second child. That is more than fair in my opinion.

Teresa - posted on 12/05/2011

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Remember, Teresa, Katherine originally said she thinks $11/hr per child is fair! lol

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Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011

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That's what I was thinking Sherri, after I actually thought about it.

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We had a separate housekeeper. I'd have paid her more if she was juggling both, but I wanted her to be 100% focused on J, so I didn't.



EDIT: I honestly don't remember if it was $1500 & $750 or if we paid her $1800 and it would have been $900 for the second. It's been a long time. $1500 seems unrealistically low, but the $750 sounds right :P Anyway--half again for the 2nd kid.

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When we had a nanny, we paid her on a monthly basis. $1500 per month to watch one child for roughly 25-50 hours per week, depending on how much we needed her. She preferred the monthly pay because it helped her manage her monthly bills more easily. She got basically the same paid holidays yours does--a week at Christmas, all national holidays, and unless we took her with us, which we did often, she got paid time off when we were out of town on our vacations. She also got breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner if she wanted to stay and eat with us (but she also sometimes cooked the dinner for the whole family--we didn't require that, she was just that awesome).



We never had a second child, but we did consider it once and discussed it with her. She said she would take on the second child for an additional $750/month until one of the children were in school. Basically, half again what we already paid her.

Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011

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I guess it all depends. If the nanny is doing housework, staying the night, cooking etc.....

Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011

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Well I guess that's cool. I looked for nanny's here and they wanted like $200-300 a WEEK.

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Well... I really wanted to make sure I got the job cuz I HAD to work right away. ;) I was watching both kids when I started, but ever since August I've only had the little girl cuz big brother started preschool.... I get up to a 2 hour break when she takes a nap too, so basically... I'm getting paid to watch my own kid and give him a little playmate. :)

Katherine - posted on 12/02/2011

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Wow Theresa that's crazy. Here it's SO expensive to have a nanny. $10 an hour is very cheap.

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I don't know how much you SHOULD pay.



I will say that the lady I work for used to pay her nanny $12/hour for one kid and $14/hour for two. I only charge her $10/hour whether she's got one there or both of them. :) That's w/ no paid holidays or vacation pay (only work 13 hours/week), but my son (3.5) and I are allowed free range on her food.

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