Since I became a nanny, I have wondered why we are paid so little. I get paid $18.00/ hour, which is considered high in this occupation. I take care of 1 child. She is 21 months old and I have been with her since she was born. I'm assuming that some of you will say that I shouldn't be complaining, but I am. I know some of you make much less. I am writing this for all of us. I can't live on what I make, so I don't know how nannies making less can survive. Think about what we do. We are with your children all day. We practically raise them. Some of us clean, run errands, and act as a house manager. IMO, even if we don't do the extras, we are taking care of your most precious gift. How can you not want to pay us more?? My family lives in a house that costs over a million dollars, have nice cars, shop at the nicest stores, etc. How can those things be more important than your child? The thing that really sucks, is that I can't ask for a raise because of the "industry standard ". I would like your opinions. Please let me know, even if you don't agree with me. Thanks in advance.