Is my pay fair?

I recently began caring for two boys, 2 & 4 years of age. I feed them dress them drive them around, to school and to different activitys. Library, park, pool ect. I do light clean up in their house. I work in the Los Gatos area. I get paid $15 an hour. I use my own car for everything. Should I be getting paid for gas on the side? Is it fair that i use my care wear and tear? Im a new nanny so I am not so sure about how these things work. I also recently found out their mother is having another baby that will also be under my care, what is a fair pay rate for the two boys and a new born? Thank you for the help!

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What you do is exactly what a nanny is supposed to do and you get paid plenty. i know it can be hard to determine pricing and what-not. Especially when being taken advantage of is such a really thing. Hope that helps! (:

As for adding the newborn, I honestly think that $15 is a fair price for three and what you do. You don't do laundry or cooking and errands, which is what I do and more as a nanny. If you really must, I would say $5 extra.

Also, my families have all paid an extra $10 or more per week for gas, BUT only if I am driving a ways to their house and driving the kids around a lot.

Just my experience!

I know the area where she lives, very well... $15/hour for 3 children is way too low. Sorry but I have to disagree with you; it might be acceptable in your area, but this area NOOO way!

As for your gas situation, you should always get paid per mile, its federal law... and its 54 cents per mile-- at your $10 amount that's only 18.5 miles.

I am paid cash under the table, but I'm not sure if that's best for me or not. So as of right now i Get paid 15 for 2 boys is that reasonable in this area. Also since I use my own car how do I tell her if she oils pay me gas.

Cash under the table is no-good. You have no unemployment protection. You will have no credit/work history. And no ss. Really reconsider this job

I have worked for 5 years being paid cash under the table. I have a CPA, I file and pay taxes and it works well for me. I haven't been fired so idk about unemployment benefits. You always have a work history and if you leave a job on good terms should be able to get a letter of recommendation from your employer. I'm not sure what credit has to do with anything as credit comes from banking institutions and if you have an account and use credit cards you will accrue a credit history. Maybe she meant credit like references?
Anyway, it's a personal decision to be on or off the books. Ask around and see what fits you best.

It's not a personal decision imo. What we all do has a tendency to affect all nannies. 10 years ago being paid while NFs vacation was almost unheard of . Now it's standard.

Credit has a lot to do with your income source. It's great that you pay taxes, but your NF need to pay their share. Otherwise, you're paying their half. And if you're filing as an independent contactor (which you are NOT). It's illegal.

Having letters of recommendation means squat if you end up unable to provide proof of employment. I've worked for a number of families in the past. Some with whom I'm no longer in touch. Do you seriously think they'll be thinking about your future years later? And what about SS. Medicare. What falling/getting hurt at work. Do you really think the family would jeopardize their financial well being to award you workers comp? If they're too cheap to pay 7.5 (their tax share) they won't be running to give you any assistance.

Sorry for the wordy post, but this issue really drives me nuts

How do you prove employment if you want to buy a car or rent an apartment. You have to show a pay stub or proof of income. One you put that down you and the family you work for can get into trouble if you aren't paying taxes.

I don't understand how you are paying taxes if you are cash under the table. Are you paying your taxes and the families share?

Also you can't get uneployment or workers compensation if you need it.

Working under the table shouldn't be a chioce. It's illegal and people who do it are cheating themselves and the government.

Yes it means parents have to pay more and maybe your take home pay is less but that's part of living in a society that provides schools, roads, military, healthcare programs. That stuff isn't free and everyone needs to pay a share.

I am paid cash under the table, but I'm not sure if that's best for me or not. So as of right now i Get paid 15 for 2 boys is that reasonable in this area. Also since I use my own car how do I tell her if she oils pay me gas.

You live in CA as do I. Caring for 3 kids for $15 an hour is fair but not the most you could get. If they add a child you should get a couple dollars more per hour. However, much of what a nanny makes depends on experience. Also, I drive my kids to activities etc in my own car and I log every mile I drive. Every 3-4 months I turn in my miles and get reimbursed for them. You SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED to transport their children all over creation on your dime. Not fair and totally unacceptable.

15 for 2 is LOW. 15 for 3 is RIDICULOUS. Sorry. But if we don't value our own work enough to seek adequate salaries we cannot expect NFs to value us.

There's no reason why a nanny cannot make a GREAT living. This job is so stressful sometimes. And we work Long hours.

Being paid well is the least that we should require.

You are paid enough now but once that new baby comes you can't take less then $20 a hour.. You will have more responsibility with new baby.. You need to sit down with the parents and draw up a contract.. You need guaranteed hours every week whether you work or not.. plus yearly increases ..plus gas mileage which is 57.5 cents per mile x what you drive per week..You can't be paid under the table.. You need to build up your social security for your retirement..Are you certified in C.P.R or Firstaide.. Do you have any Nanny Training, College degree Or Child related College classes.. You will be paid more with more experience you have.. I live in Suburb of Detroit and minimum wage for a Nanny is between $15-25 a hour I'm currently making just under $37 a hour.. I'm trained in firstaide certified in C.P.R.Have a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University in Early Education with a minor in English literature. I also get paid for gas mileage.. as I'm driving my own car.. which is any where between $55-75 extra a week..I used to have a car they gave me to drive.. Sit down with the family... Good luck to you..

As for adding the newborn, I honestly think that $15 is a fair price for three and what you do. You don't do laundry or cooking and errands, which is what I do and more as a nanny. If you really must, I would say $5 extra.

Also, my families have all paid an extra $10 or more per week for gas, BUT only if I am driving a ways to their house and driving the kids around a lot.

Just my experience!

As for adding the newborn, I honestly think that $15 is a fair price for three and what you do. You don't do laundry or cooking and errands, which is what I do and more as a nanny. If you really must, I would say $5 extra.

Also, my families have all paid an extra $10 or more per week for gas, BUT only if I am driving a ways to their house and driving the kids around a lot.

Just my experience!

I live very close to you and $15/hr is definitely on the low end. Especially in Los Gatos, that's a pretty affluent area, you definitely could get more. I would say $18/hr would be more fair. As for gas, absolutely you should get mileage. I think the national rate is like 56 cents/mile or something like that. I have a different arrangement with my employer that I'm fine with, so I don't know the exact rate. Once the baby is born, it's typical for families to increase your hourly rate by a dollar or two. There's a rate calculator on care.com that would help give you a better idea of what is fair to charge.

I don't know your area so I'm not sure about your hourly rate. However I can answer some of your other questions.

You should be paid per mile for using your own car. There is a federal mileage rate ( I think this year it's .54 cents per mile but I'm not sure) you can google it. Then get a book or an app and echoed your milage that you drive for work ( not your commute to or from work but actually driving the kids).

Usually for a new baby you get a 1-2 dollar an hour raise.

If you work more than 40 hours a week you should get time and a half for the hours over 40.

You should be paid on the books and have taxes taken out of your check ( or you can pay them quarterly but that's a pain in the butt)

As for your current rate check care.com they have a wage calculator.

Good luck.

You should be paid 54 cents per every single mile you drive in your own car. Will you have room for 3 car seats when the new baby arrives? The only cleaning you should be doing for that pay is child related. I live over and around the mountain from you, your pay is LOW for 2 children + extras; for reference if I felt like driving to LG my 10+ years of child care experience would grant me $20-24 or so an hour minimum for 2 children with NO extra jobs.

I really feel it would be wise of parents who plan on having more then one child, even 3 children or more, to invest in a 'child' car or nanny car if they plan on using a nanny for years! The auto insurance will cover their children, the millage cost would be less then the federal reimbursement rate.

You should call your auto insurance and find out if their children are covered in ANY kind of accident your fault or not. Because you are driving for pay, the coverage of your passengers is different-- This would really help the parents see that they should just get a nanny car. What ever you do, don't increase your auto insurance out of your pocket (this is something the parents should pay for).

I think 15 for 2 is low, but I don't know your area. And typically, nannies get a 1-2 dollar raise for each new baby, but even 18 would be very low for 3 kids. Especially with one being a newborn.

The federal gov also mandates a mileage reimbursement rate of .54 cents per mile when you use your car for work. So the parents should pay for it.

How long have you been a nanny? What is your experience/relevant education?

$15 for a nanny with 0-1 years experience, according to care, is the going rate for 2 in her area. However as we all know extra jobs means extra pay. It's a very affluent area of Silicon Valley, very very affluent... I don't agree with car's suggested going rate though... I feel like even if she has less then 3 years experience it should be $18 at least for 2 and $20 for 3.

If I was willing to commute in the rush hour traffic, my 13 years experience would fetch me $4 more an hour then where I am... But the traffic! And those families want 9-10 hour days and date nights