Am I underpaid?

I'm an on call nanny and I work with different families each day or a week depending on what they need. My manager said $15 to start, but I said $17 ( just because i was told on the phone they pay $15-$17 an hour) i searched the company on glassdoor and people have said the common salary is $18/hr, but that could be from in areas other than washington. She she said she can only do $16 to start. My question is what does START mean? Is she saying my pay will go higher or is that just what they always say to have you accept? I always negotiate with families from care.com , but since this Is a business and ive never worked for one before, i didnt know we could negotiate. So I accepted 15 then sent another email and said $17 lol maybe thats where i went wrong.

I have a ece background and 6 years experience. I only chose to watch 1 or 2 kids at a time. We are not allowed to do laundry or clean up only if it's after the children. Hours are not garunteed, although my schedule is pretty open i got 40 hrs this week ( my first week working) I like it and it's fun, but I feel like I might be underpaid in Washigton state for a nanny. I dont want to sounds greedy either. It's better than getting nothing. What are your thoughts?

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I don't know your area but you have a degree and that seems low for someone with a degree in ece. I mean, I would bring that up to her. Parent's know that they are basically getting a private teacher for their children when they hire a nanny with an ece background. Stay firm with your request for $17/hour. You need to be confident in the fact you are worth more. If you feel like you are underpaid then you typically are. Have you spoke with other nannies to see what they make? Do your homework. Make sure you have a contract in place outlining pay raises if you do decide to take this position at $15/hour.

Do you mean WA state or D.C? In WA state the starting rate is 20. Annie's Nannies lists beginning rates at 22. I'd join the local (to you) groups on FB and post for a Rate Check. On call nannies are typically paid a higher wage. I'd hate for the Co to be charging families 22 and giving you 17.

I don't care what state you are in, I think $15 on-call is low. I got $15 cash for two kids; 4 1/2, and 2 1/2 y/o hyper boys and grandma paid me, scheduled 5 days, 9-5 p.m. weekly. The location was at grandma's house as she wanted to supervise their day and was the transportation provider. She wanted the boys to have scheduled activities; swimming, science museum, gymnastics, which their parents paid for, and grandma was the taxi driver for. She could not chase or catch them alone and really physically was pushing it. I quit when my hours were cut to 24 weekly. Care.com has a Low pay scale for nannies starting. Even though I have 15 years experience; daycare infant lead nursery teacher for 7 years and a private infant nanny for 8 years, families offer me $13 per hour. Care lists salaries from $10-15 per hour for a nanny no matter what age the child or infant is. I ignore those, I only look at the $15-20 per hour jobs at 5 days per week. Our largest and oldest Nanny Service here in the Midwest offers $12-14.00 per hour, that is it! No matter what age or how many kids. That is not On-Call, just scheduled days and hours. Not enough money when you consider we have to take out our own taxes per month and pay self-employment tax of 10% on our income every April 15th, plus our health insurance. . Are you working for a service? To start, means, that is starting hourly wage. I would negotiate with her. I would state You will do a Trial month at that hourly rate, but after 30 days your rate will increase to $17 per hour. Do not Sign a Contract!! I would charge $18.00 for on-call work. You may only work 4 hours! I can tell you from experience that I have been unemployed in years past, no job prospects, no opening that I wanted, and I took jobs I would have Never Considered in the past. After accepting the Low Pay, 30 days later I Regretted it. Dirty house, stinky laundry, large muddy dogs making a mess and the house smelling like a kennel, kid with eating disorders and non-verbal, I have seen it. I accepted $13 per hour for that job. It was Only Two Days per week, Some days were 13 hour days too. I worked for a great second family 3 days at the same time, so After 2 years I gave my notice and mom offered me $15 to stay. Obviously, she could have paid more from the get go and when she knew she was losing me, she offered me a raise. Nanny Services will also tell you Do No Trial Days for Free. No Free days. Washington state does pay more, Seattle more, close to New York rates, so do your homework. Call services and look for nanny jobs that pay more. Check with Seattle jobs to see what they pay. I would keep looking for different jobs because when the moms start low they stay low and do not want to pay more Ever. Go for what hourly rate you want and deserve. Ask lots of questions about children, and Nanny Duties expected of you. Also, if you are driving kids around and taking them to activities and Lunch Out, you need money for gas and food for the car and kids. Do not pay for these out of your hourly Start wage. This site is a great source for opinions from experienced nannies All over the country.
Good luck and stay firm on what wage you need. Keep us posted. miss pat

I don't care what state you are in, I think $15 on-call is low. I got $15 cash for two kids; 4 1/2, and 2 1/2 y/o hyper boys and grandma paid me, scheduled 5 days, 9-5 p.m. weekly. The location was at grandma's house as she wanted to supervise their day and was the transportation provider. She wanted the boys to have scheduled activities; swimming, science museum, gymnastics, which their parents paid for, and grandma was the taxi driver for. She could not chase or catch them alone and really physically was pushing it. I quit when my hours were cut to 24 weekly. Care.com has a Low pay scale for nannies starting. Even though I have 15 years experience; daycare infant lead nursery teacher for 7 years and a private infant nanny for 8 years, families offer me $13 per hour. Care lists salaries from $10-15 per hour for a nanny no matter what age the child or infant is. I ignore those, I only look at the $15-20 per hour jobs at 5 days per week. Our largest and oldest Nanny Service here in the Midwest offers $12-14.00 per hour, that is it! No matter what age or how many kids. That is not On-Call, just scheduled days and hours. Not enough money when you consider we have to take out our own taxes per month and pay self-employment tax of 10% on our income every April 15th, plus our health insurance. . Are you working for a service? To start, means, that is starting hourly wage. I would negotiate with her. I would state You will do a Trial month at that hourly rate, but after 30 days your rate will increase to $17 per hour. Do not Sign a Contract!! I would charge $18.00 for on-call work. You may only work 4 hours! I can tell you from experience that I have been unemployed in years past, no job prospects, no opening that I wanted, and I took jobs I would have Never Considered in the past. After accepting the Low Pay, 30 days later I Regretted it. Dirty house, stinky laundry, large muddy dogs making a mess and the house smelling like a kennel, kid with eating disorders and non-verbal, I have seen it. I accepted $13 per hour for that job. It was Only Two Days per week, Some days were 13 hour days too. I worked for a great second family 3 days at the same time, so After 2 years I gave my notice and mom offered me $15 to stay. Obviously, she could have paid more from the get go and when she knew she was losing me, she offered me a raise. Nanny Services will also tell you Do No Trial Days for Free. No Free days. Washington state does pay more, Seattle more, close to New York rates, so do your homework. Call services and look for nanny jobs that pay more. Check with Seattle jobs to see what they pay. I would keep looking for different jobs because when the moms start low they stay low and do not want to pay more Ever. Go for what hourly rate you want and deserve. Ask lots of questions about children, and Nanny Duties expected of you. Also, if you are driving kids around and taking them to activities and Lunch Out, you need money for gas and food for the car and kids. Do not pay for these out of your hourly Start wage. This site is a great source for opinions from experienced nannies All over the country.
Good luck and stay firm on what wage you need. Keep us posted. miss pat

I don't care what state you are in, I think $15 on-call is low. I got $15 cash for two kids; 4 1/2, and 2 1/2 y/o hyper boys and grandma paid me, scheduled 5 days, 9-5 p.m. weekly. The location was at grandma's house as she wanted to supervise their day and was the transportation provider. She wanted the boys to have scheduled activities; swimming, science museum, gymnastics, which their parents paid for, and grandma was the taxi driver for. She could not chase or catch them alone and really physically was pushing it. I quit when my hours were cut to 24 weekly. Care.com has a Low pay scale for nannies starting. Even though I have 15 years experience; daycare infant lead nursery teacher for 7 years and a private infant nanny for 8 years, families offer me $13 per hour. Care lists salaries from $10-15 per hour for a nanny no matter what age the child or infant is. I ignore those, I only look at the $15-20 per hour jobs at 5 days per week. Our largest and oldest Nanny Service here in the Midwest offers $12-14.00 per hour, that is it! No matter what age or how many kids. That is not On-Call, just scheduled days and hours. Not enough money when you consider we have to take out our own taxes per month and pay self-employment tax of 10% on our income every April 15th, plus our health insurance. . Are you working for a service? To start, means, that is starting hourly wage. I would negotiate with her. I would state You will do a Trial month at that hourly rate, but after 30 days your rate will increase to $17 per hour. Do not Sign a Contract!! I would charge $18.00 for on-call work. You may only work 4 hours! I can tell you from experience that I have been unemployed in years past, no job prospects, no opening that I wanted, and I took jobs I would have Never Considered in the past. After accepting the Low Pay, 30 days later I Regretted it. Dirty house, stinky laundry, large muddy dogs making a mess and the house smelling like a kennel, kid with eating disorders and non-verbal, I have seen it. I accepted $13 per hour for that job. It was Only Two Days per week, Some days were 13 hour days too. I worked for a great second family 3 days at the same time, so After 2 years I gave my notice and mom offered me $15 to stay. Obviously, she could have paid more from the get go and when she knew she was losing me, she offered me a raise. Nanny Services will also tell you Do No Trial Days for Free. No Free days. Washington state does pay more, Seattle more, close to New York rates, so do your homework. Call services and look for nanny jobs that pay more. Check with Seattle jobs to see what they pay. I would keep looking for different jobs because when the moms start low they stay low and do not want to pay more Ever. Go for what hourly rate you want and deserve. Ask lots of questions about children, and Nanny Duties expected of you. Also, if you are driving kids around and taking them to activities and Lunch Out, you need money for gas and food for the car and kids. Do not pay for these out of your hourly Start wage. This site is a great source for opinions from experienced nannies All over the country.
Good luck and stay firm on what wage you need. Keep us posted. miss pat

I don't care what state you are in, I think $15 on-call is low. I got $15 cash for two kids; 4 1/2, and 2 1/2 y/o hyper boys and grandma paid me, scheduled 5 days, 9-5 p.m. weekly. The location was at grandma's house as she wanted to supervise their day and was the transportation provider. She wanted the boys to have scheduled activities; swimming, science museum, gymnastics, which their parents paid for, and grandma was the taxi driver for. She could not chase or catch them alone and really physically was pushing it. I quit when my hours were cut to 24 weekly. Care.com has a Low pay scale for nannies starting. Even though I have 15 years experience; daycare infant lead nursery teacher for 7 years and a private infant nanny for 8 years, families offer me $13 per hour. Care lists salaries from $10-15 per hour for a nanny no matter what age the child or infant is. I ignore those, I only look at the $15-20 per hour jobs at 5 days per week. Our largest and oldest Nanny Service here in the Midwest offers $12-14.00 per hour, that is it! No matter what age or how many kids. That is not On-Call, just scheduled days and hours. Not enough money when you consider we have to take out our own taxes per month and pay self-employment tax of 10% on our income every April 15th, plus our health insurance. . Are you working for a service? To start, means, that is starting hourly wage. I would negotiate with her. I would state You will do a Trial month at that hourly rate, but after 30 days your rate will increase to $17 per hour. Do not Sign a Contract!! I would charge $18.00 for on-call work. You may only work 4 hours! I can tell you from experience that I have been unemployed in years past, no job prospects, no opening that I wanted, and I took jobs I would have Never Considered in the past. After accepting the Low Pay, 30 days later I Regretted it. Dirty house, stinky laundry, large muddy dogs making a mess and the house smelling like a kennel, kid with eating disorders and non-verbal, I have seen it. I accepted $13 per hour for that job. It was Only Two Days per week, Some days were 13 hour days too. I worked for a great second family 3 days at the same time, so After 2 years I gave my notice and mom offered me $15 to stay. Obviously, she could have paid more from the get go and when she knew she was losing me, she offered me a raise. Nanny Services will also tell you Do No Trial Days for Free. No Free days. Washington state does pay more, Seattle more, close to New York rates, so do your homework. Call services and look for nanny jobs that pay more. Check with Seattle jobs to see what they pay. I would keep looking for different jobs because when the moms start low they stay low and do not want to pay more Ever. Go for what hourly rate you want and deserve. Ask lots of questions about children, and Nanny Duties expected of you. Also, if you are driving kids around and taking them to activities and Lunch Out, you need money for gas and food for the car and kids. Do not pay for these out of your hourly Start wage. This site is a great source for opinions from experienced nannies All over the country.
Good luck and stay firm on what wage you need. Keep us posted. miss pat

I agree completely. I was super excited and accepted $16. It sucks because im totally dependent on the families needs. There is a rule that if a family cancels care after 5pm the day before im supposed to work i still get paid. BUT! I have had families cancel on me and i dont get those hours or paid because they cancelled days ahead of time. It sucks!