Child care costs are often the highest or 2nd largest family expense and the salary you can afford to pay is one of the most important elements in finding a great nanny. Families cannot realistically hire Nanny Poppin at a sitter rate, so it is important to help families understand the different types and rates for sitters, nannies, and family assistants.
Salaries vary widely across the country and even within states. When other child care options are limited due to closures or shortage of staff, local wages for nannies can increase significantly. According to ZipRecruiter, the average full-time, live-out nanny earns $54,574 with a salary range of $19,500 to $80,000. Top nannies in premier markets can earn over $100,000 although most salaries are between $35,000 and $60,000. The wide range in salaries reflects the flexibility in hiring a nanny and that hourly salaries can vary from $15 in Ohio to $23 per hour in California. According to the Care.com 2020 Cost of Care survey, the average nanny makes about $565 a week in the US or about $14.13 per hour.
Research local pay rates to determine an appropriate range of compensation. Many websites offer information on local sitter and nanny rates and some professional salary sites, such as payscale.com and glassdoor.com also provide this information. Check several sites including nanny job boards to determine the average for your area.
“Nannies deserve fair wages as families seek affordable child care. It’s a challenge as families don’t always think of themselves as employers,” shares Samantha from Washington, D.C. “I have a full-time nanny and have to pay her a living wage out of my salary. It’s not easy.”