What do nannies/sitters get paid?

Dawn - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




I will be going back to work in a few weeks. We met with our sitter and had expected her to tell us her fee, she did not have one and insisted that we come up with what to charge. I do not want to short change her or pay too much, since I really do not have much money. She will only be watching the baby, that is it. No cleaning, laundry etc.


Ana - posted on 02/19/2010




It really depends on where you live. I live in MN and for an infant up to age 18 months the cost of a daycare center is $300-310 per week...yes, per week. But at home licensed daycares can cost from $140-175 week. I got super lucky and found a sitter who comes to my house to watch our baby for $160 week. My other son is at a daycare center. He attends full day kindergarten so he's only at daycare 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon and we still have to pay $130 week....Yikes. Good luck finding something that fits your budget.

Ann Marie - posted on 02/22/2010




Here in central NC, the going rate for a nanny is around $10/hour, plus benefits (some sick and vacation days, and overtime pay), for 1-2 kids. When we lived in DC we had to pay $15/hour, plus benefits, for a nanny for 2 babies. So I'd guess somewhere in that range? You can probably get away without paid vacation in your case, as long as she gets time off when school is out.


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Alison - posted on 02/24/2010




3.50 per hour? I was making that much 20 years ago! I got $25 for 4 hours about 15 years ago. You'll really have to look locally. Even then, there will be a huge variance. If the lady is retired and working out of her home, try for $25/day.

JACQUI - posted on 02/22/2010




Baby sitting £ 6 per hour.

Long term child care, in their home, approx £4 per hour or £35 per day in the UK

Dawn - posted on 02/21/2010




Thank you everyone! I'm in NY, the nanny is my best friends mom, 5 days a week from 7:15-2:00. I'm a teacher so I will be home with my son for the summer, work will resume again in September.

Celeste - posted on 02/21/2010




I did some research to find out how much sitters got paid in my area first. Craigslist was helpful. I started looking for a nanny (nanny and babysitter can be different, so beware) about two months before I needed one. Nannies would post their rates and qualifications on the site. Most of them in my area (San Francisco) charged $15-$20/hour for a fulltime position. When I interviewed some, they also expected benefits (1 week paid vacation, minimum hours worked per week, ...). I usually ask them what their rate is (most have one), and if they don't, then I would quote them a low hourly rate (about $1-$3 less than I can afford) to make room for negotiations. I ended up with a nanny who requested to bring her own new born to work. I agreed for a cheaper rate, and it worked out great.

Deanna - posted on 02/19/2010




It definitely all depends on where you live. I live in NJ and have a private babysitter. She charges $200 a week and she watches my daughter out of her house. I have a friend who pays that for only 3 days for a nanny to come to the house and she only watches her daughter as well, no other chores. I also know that in NJ the cost of a center can be closer to 250 a week. I would maybe call up some centers in your area and see what they charge per week for your child's age group, then maybe offer your sitter a reasonable amount close to that. Good luck

September - posted on 02/19/2010




I live in Seattle and we pay $895.00 a month for full time care. I think it really depends on where you live.

Sandra - posted on 02/19/2010




hi i have been in your situation what i did was first get the sitter police checked,qualifications checked and made sure she was registed,then look at the average cost for a sitter.i found a childminder that is registed,fully qualified in all aspect incl fisrt aid and is also registed with acma wich is not usualy found in a sitter, she charges £5 per hour.

am really happy with her and as my child.she only looks after him and collect him from scholl and for the eves only sits with him sometimes he is already asleep.

i do not belive taht you should pay more thna £5 especially if she is not registed,etc and is not working elsewhere and is under 18 yrs old.

if you need any info or help in any way just e-mail me .

i knwo i go on but hope it helps

:-) xxx

Jen - posted on 02/19/2010




Usually sitters are paid anywhere from $8-10 an hour. If it's for full time care, 5 days a week and more than 3 or 4 hours it's usually $20-$25 a day. Most day cares charge anywhere from $75-$150 a week. Hope that give you an idea.

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