Asking all Nannies Out There

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.

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18 is low in my area. A beginning nanny can make 20. Rates depend on area and cost of living. It has little to do with an NF's financial state. And rich NFs are sometimes cheap

In my area rates range 22-30. So

Part of the reason why some of us are paid a low rate is because we are an unregulated industry. Anyone can say they are a nanny. There are no requirements whatsoever. You don't need to be educated. You don't need a background in heath, nutrition, childhood education. You don't need insurance. I could go on and on.

Until the industry gets some standards and requires a certification or license or something many people won't pay more.

Sorry.

I'm ok with my pay. I'd like to make more. I'd like my employer to contribute to retirement. It's not going to happen.

If you haven't already some ways to increase your pay...
Take a class or go to a conference for nannies.

Take the INA exam

Get or remain current with cpr/aed/lifesaving/ first aid.

Maybe take a class on nutrition.

All those things make you more attractive to your employer.

Sorry you are frustrated.

Good luck.

Yes, nanny pay is low. I live in the Midwest. I made 15.00 per hour this year. At $24,000 per year, that is considered poverty level income, according to my tax accountant. I do not have a college degree in Early Childhood Education. If I did have a degree, I would demand more per hour. It really depends on what state you work in as far as the Industry Standard Nanny pay goes. I am guessing ? California and New York nannies should be paid more, based on the cost of living in those states, especially reimbursement for rent, metro commuting expenses, activities for kids on field trips, and food. I was a medical person before I became a nanny. When my hospital was sold and my department eliminated, I quit and got out of medicine. I was told in order to get full-time, I had to do 3 jobs, I was already doing two jobs. I was newly divorced with a 2 year-old, so I took a temp. job, working in her daycare nursery, until I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I got an 60% discount in her care, plus she got to play with kids her age as she was an only child. I became hooked on the babies and their care. I felt I made a difference. This is what parents and directors told me. That was 17 years ago. I was hired by one of the schools families to be their private nanny for their two babies and they respected me, paid me, and treated me well. I have continued this career because: I love babies and young children and feel I can teach and Make a Difference in their life, education and care. Not all of us do this profession for Money$$$. I saw, in the daycare, what families were forced to live with and how their babies were left in a bright, noisy room with 7 other babies crying, crawling around and chewing on toys, not to mention the monthly illnesses and fevers, plus I got sick too. I accepted this salary. I could clean houses for $25 per hour alone, but how rewarding was that? I could do an office/hospital job, but how rewarding is that? Babies and children give a lot back to us and ask for nothing. Yes, parents make 6 figures, but they probably have degrees and the parents I have worked for, work very hard at work and at night when babies are asleep and we go home. The way I see it, is that Humans will keep on having babies and daycare businesses continue to build and charge $300 per week per child and the parents pay it and get sick kids. I was cherished by my families and they were thankful to have me. I have streamlined my business to babies only; newborns to age 3. I can teach Early Childhood Ed. as I have had several hours in education but no degree. Day care businesses want a degree, but they won't pay the graduates what they want. To me that is so crazy! Why go to college and make $12.00 per hour to teach day care when you can make more as a nanny? The more you make the more taxes you pay too. I just do not do this job for the Money. To me it is so much more.
It sounds like you are angry with the family you work for and their luxurious lifestyle? Maybe they worked hard for this lifestyle and went to school for years, did you? I would start your own business doing something else and then maybe you will feel better about the career you chose. For me, I like working alone with babies and toddlers. I love teaching and seeing them progress with their milestones and grow each month and each year. My past families have given me wonderful letters of recommendation, and I have job offers monthly, so to me this nanny career is not all about the Money. Also, Some families and Employment Agencies List nannies as Domestic help/ babysitters, and that is why they will not pay more. I do not feel like domestic help and my past and present families do not treat me that way. I actually feel honored to be their babies "caregiver" so they can go to their jobs with peace of mind and no worries. We work together in their child's care, growth and development. Good luck to you and I hope you decide on a different profession. miss pat

What I am saying is that I think, overall, nannies do not get paid enough. I love my job, have been educated, and am not jealous of the "luxurious" lifestyle my family lives. I'm not in it for the money so I can live a luxurious lifestyle. To me, it doesn't matter if someone gets paid $10/hour or $18/hour; it's about not being a valued profession. I have a now 18 year old daughter going off to college. I am a single mom (no child support from a deadbeat), and I had to work full-time. I did everything to make sure she had someone great to take care of her, including not buying expensive cars and houses, changing jobs, and spending less on nonessential things. I paid my daughter's caregiver very well, gave her benefits and treated her with the utmost respect. Keeping up with the Jones' was not more important than my daughter's wellbeing. So with all of that said, I believe that being a nanny is a very important profession that is undervalued, and we as a whole deserve more compensation. Even though I don't agree, thank you for your opinion.

This is simply not true. Nannying is a very well paying job. It does depend on your education/experience/location, but you can make great money nannying

Seriously, here is someone being super respectful and you basically crap on her. That isn't what this site is supposed to be about.

If anyone is jealous it sounds like you are, that she makes 18/hour.

And some people find cleaning houses rewarding, so that's obnoxious too. I know that my friend goes into houses and cleans and organizes and leaves them with a better quality of life.

She's allowed to want more in any job. YOU don't get to dicate her feelings. And I will call out shenanigans like this when I see it, because we are supposed to be supportive here.

Oh, and I have a graduate degree... so your implication that we didn't work hard or go to a 4 year degree is off base and silly. You don't know me, or her.

Maybe you need a different profession till you learn some empathy, Miss Pat.

Andrea

In my experience, the occupation becomes undervalued by parents and inexperienced nannies as a result of the industry demographic- and by extension, people not knowing the difference between nanny/au pair/babysitter etc. and lumping us all in together.

Many young people become nannies as their first job or just out of school. In Australia and the UK, being a nanny is so culturally linked to au pair work, gap year travelling or becoming a housemistress in a boarding school- people just don't know the difference often. Having so many young (and let's face it, often inexperienced) people in "one occupation" both changes parents' expectations of what they should pay, and is even further exacerbated by these same young people accepting this low pay.

I think the best way to play it is in being really up front with parents about what a nanny is, you level of experience (implicitly explaining to them your value), etc.

I know you feel. I get paid a little under 19 for 2 kids. for a little over a year with no benefits and haven't got a raise. They earn good money since they have good careers and a more than a million dollar house. They go on vacations about 4 times a year and I can't afford to take a vacation so I have staykation

They went on vacation last week and I could barely afford to do anything on my STAYCATION.

I say this with respect, but their income doesn't dictate yours. If you don't like the family you should leave, and if after a year they didn't offer a raise it's on you to schedule a performance review and ask or demand one.

I make the upper end for my area and I know it. Only a four year degree would earn me more, or certification for special needs children. I can't afford do jet off on a moments notice but my bills are all paid and I have plenty to eat. Negotiate for yourself or find a new position because this resentment you and the OP have will only grow. In my experience families who are wealthy can be even more stingy and cheap than a less well to do family. I work for a single dad right now and it's the best job I've ever had. He has enough but is also so well grounded because he didn't grow up in an opulent lifestyle. Find folks with similar values to yours.

I think what afect all of us is the there is always somebody with more need who would take a low salary and that can also happen 'cause people who come to work to this country dont know how much should they ask.

Months ago I wrote on this wall and offer my help. I think if we could write about how much to ask and different criteria we could maybe translate in different languages and put it out! that would help them and help our selfs. Since everyone could ask for a decent salary that would help everyone around 'cause you would not have an unfair competion asking and acepting less money for the same position.

I'm curious about the area you live in?? I make much less than you. I have no benefits other than the standard paid vacation, sick pay, holiday pay, and OT. I am able to afford all things for myself but I recently just purchased a new car because my old one was on it's last leg...thank goodness my NF provids the family suv for me during my shift so I don't have to worry about gas reimbursement. Anyway, I understand what you are saying. My income used to work for me but now that my expenses are increasing I'm going to have to either 1. Ask them for a raise or 2. Look for a new position with better pay. I'm leaning towards option 2 because I have a feeling my NF might not be willing to bump up my pay enough to where I would feel comfortable staying. I'm thinking they will offer me $1-$2 more an hour but I'm really looking for $4 more an hour. My plan is to update my resume and start looking for better Nanny opportunities. I will probably have a talk with my NF within the next couple of weeks about a pay bump. However, If I find a better opportunity I plan to give my current family notice. It's rough. Some nannies within this profession have certifications, degrees, special training, etc. and I think that's why the pay varies so much.

I think $18 for one child is plenty fair. A lot of people (nannies) need to realize nannying is a job, not a career. Nannies shouldn't be making the same annual income as people with careers and college degrees.

If you think being a nanny is just a job, that's fine. I think of it as my career. When did I say I wasn't college educated? Even if I wasn't, I think pay should be based on work performance and experience. Also, I never said I should make as much as my employers. That wouldn't make any sense. I love my job. I have spent at least 10 hours a day taking care of this child. I love her like she is my own. She spends most of her awake time with me. I spend some of my free time planning meals, day trips, and education. My point of the post was to talk about nanny income in general. I used myself as an example. I think we deserve a lot more than most of us are getting paid and where I come from, $18/hour is not considered good.

If you think being a nanny is just a job, that's fine. I think of it as my career. When did I say I wasn't college educated? Even if I wasn't, I think pay should be based on work performance and experience. Also, I never said I should make as much as my employers. That wouldn't make any sense. I love my job. I have spent at least 10 hours a day taking care of this child. I love her like she is my own. She spends most of her awake time with me. I spend some of my free time planning meals, day trips, and education. My point of the post was to talk about nanny income in general. I used myself as an example. I think we deserve a lot more than most of us are getting paid and where I come from, $18/hour is not considered good.

That's awesome if you're college educated. Go use that degree instead of nannying to make more money. Idk Im not all about the money. To me $18 and hr for only one child is very generous around my town. Working with children can be rewarding, but it's also a financial sacrifice. We can't expect to make a come up as a nanny. Like miss pat said, maybe time for a change. Good luck

You are just plain wrong! Nannying is a VALID career choice
Most nannies are college educated and make way more than 18 per hour. If that hasn't been YOUR experience, move to a better area. But stop making judgy ill informed posts

Interesting perspective 3910WSSNanny. However, if a nanny has a degree (or doesn't) and is located in an area that has a high cost of living $18 might not be much. That would be considered high pay in my area but not in a place like NYC. See my point? You also have to think about taxes being taken out. $18/hour is clearly not the final take home hourly wage. I think you can make Nannying a career. It all has to do with what area has a high demand for it.

I live in the city. $18 for one child is almost unheard of. Parents around here just will not pay that. And not everyone works with taxes. That was never clarified in the post. Nannies should not be making the same annual income as someone with a 4 year bachelors degree, considering nannies do not need any education to get a job. I would never pay a nanny the same as a surgical technician, dietitian, biological techs etc...

Thats your own prejudice! Most nannies I know have degrees and certifications. And I haven't worked for 18 since I was 18! I cant decide if you're a parent who doesn't want to pay her nanny. Or a nanny who is jealous of other nannies. Either way, cut out your nonsense! Nannying is a legitimate career choice for educated people

Many nannies on this site have degrees. Many nannies on this site have certifications, years and years of childcare experience, and special training. You're extremely misinformed. People will always have children and need nannies. You can make it a long term career and make good money doing it. It sounds like you're jealous of the pay the op makes which isn't a her problem, it's a you problem.

You are officially trolling us now. People can complain about their jobs and still be making a career choice
Frankly, you sound jealous AF!

I think you're trying to be funny. And failing miserably. I'm sad for you that you think 18 is amazing. It's a low wage. And if it makes you angry that you dont even get that, I'm sorry for you.

But you can have a career with great pay and full benefits as a nanny. Do your research.

Funny? Nothing humorous was said. Simply posted my opinion. You don't agree and that's fine. You are the one continuously going back and forth because I do not agree with you. Like I said, I get benefits, a great hourly wage for a few kids, bonuses, tons of paid time off and gifts galore. Im happy in my position. Wish you the same!

Do I really need to copy paste your own responses so you can see? YOU said that nannying isn't a great paying job. We(some of us) disagreed. We told you it does pay well if you're qualified. YOU said nannies are uneducated. WE told you that most of us have degrees both undergraduate and graduate degrees. YOU said some nannies want to "come up" as a nanny. We said it's possible because some of us make $25-$32 per hour. With benefits.

So EITHER you think 18 is too high for a nanny to make (pro tip= it's low) OR you think we don't deserve high wages at all. Which is what I have asked you several times.

Join the group. Ask questions. Share your opinion. That's what this SUPPORT group is for, but don't come in here being insulting about our chosen careers. And YES it is a legitimate CHOSEN career by many of us. NOT something we got into for a little money. Because it DOES pay well and has benefits.

Spend time reading here before talking nonsense about uneducated nannies. And or nanny pay.

Sorry, not at all. Receive many raises, perks, benefits and bonuses with my job. Just sounds like people want to make a fortune from nannying.... good luck!

Hi all,
I'm with you on being undervalued. The family I work for is very wealthy, and yet they only pay me 12.00/hour... there's more, but that will be a separate post.

I take issue with anyone saying nannying isn't a career. If someone considers it a career, it is. Not only do I find your comment ignorant, I also find it rude. It devalues all the professional nannies, and minimizes the OP's frusteration, and that is unkind.

I have a graduate degree, by the way.

OP, I get what you are saying, and I think it's a valuable conversation to have.

Anyway, I'm annoyed, and I don't want to be unkind, so I'll stop here.
Andrea

We are all entitled to our own opinion, even if we do not agree. The original poster asked for ALL responses even if we didn't agree. Skip the ones ya don't like.

Hi all,
I'm with you on being undervalued. The family I work for is very wealthy, and yet they only pay me 12.00/hour... there's more, but that will be a separate post.

I take issue with anyone saying nannying isn't a career. If someone considers it a career, it is. Not only do I find your comment ignorant, I also find it rude. It devalues all the professional nannies, and minimizes the OP's frusteration, and that is unkind.

I have a graduate degree, by the way.

OP, I get what you are saying, and I think it's a valuable conversation to have.

Anyway, I'm annoyed, and I don't want to be unkind, so I'll stop here.
Andrea

That's a load of crock! I have a graduate degree in ECE. Nannying is most certainly a career. 90% of the nannies in my area have graduate degrees. And all have college degrees. Stop the misinformed nonsense

Undergraduate and graduate degree here. Full time career nanny.

I think you might want to educate yourself a little bit more on this topic.