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How Much Does a Nanny Cost?

 average costRange: $400-$1,000+/week 
Typical costs:
  • Costs for a nanny vary greatly by region. According to and our own data points, a nanny can cost between $400 - $1,000+ a week based on the local supply and demand, the local cost of living, and the qualifications you seek in a nanny.
  • To find a nanny, some people use a local agency, which can charge up to $400 or more to locate a nanny, seek referrals from co-workers, or check classified ads like those on Craigslist[1] .
Related articles: Child Care and Day Care, Baby Sitter, Preschool

Additional costs:
  • According to BabyCenter[2] , employers are expected to pay employer's taxes and social security taxes. BabyCenter offers a list of guidelines[3] to get you started on fulfilling the legal requirements of employing a nanny. You might want to consider a payroll service like Intuit Online Payroll Household[4] .
  • Those hiring a nanny are expected to provide health insurance or pay higher wages to compensate. Some employers offer to help pay for routine dental visits or eye exams. Other benefits such as paid holidays, vacation and sick days should also be considered.
  • To save money, some families find friends or neighbors pool together to share one nanny to watch 2-4 children at once.
  • Offering a nanny live-in accommodations can bring the cost down.
Shopping for a nanny:
  •[5] offers an article with advice on how to screen for, interview and hire a nanny.
  • The International Nanny Association[6] offers a directory of agencies that place nannies.
  • There are numerous nationwide nanny finders, including eNannySource[7] fees starting at $98-$149;[8] with fees starting at $68-$98; and Great Au Pair[9] with fees starting at $60-$140.
  • Other sites include AuPairCare[10] and[11] . These paid services can connect you with a nanny that fits your specifications. For an extra fee, many offer reference, background and immigration checks.
  • suggests asking other parents and searching classified ads, in addition to considering online nanny finder services. Searching sites such as Craigslist[12] is another option. If hiring independently, make sure to screen applicants well and check all references thoroughly.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
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NY Career Nanny 2 kids M-F
Amount: $4,000.00 per month
Posted by: Career Nanny in Manhasset, NY.Posted: November 3rd, 2020 05:11PM
Agency: Free AgentDays per Week: 5
I am a nanny for two children on the North Shore of Long Island, NY (a wealthy area) and get paid $1,000 a week/CASH for about 50 hours. Sometimes I work less hours (43-45) and am still paid the same amount. My weekly salary is guaranteed no matter what. Paid sick days, 2 weeks paid vacation, paid Federal Holidays, VERY generous Christmas bonus. The family I work for is amazing and they clearly show that they value and appreciate my hard work. They make sure I am happy, and a happy nanny will always go above and beyond for her family. I think anyone who works as a nanny for less than $15/hour is being taken advantage of. I personally would not accept less than $18/hr for ONE child and $20 for two. I have been paid up to $23/hr for two kids and $30/hr for a family with 4 kids in the past. I also have ten years of experience as a nanny, have stellar references, am college educated, and have extensive experience with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children, as well as multiples.
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Amount: $1,920.00 per month
Posted by: HEATHER DAWN in San Clemente, CA.Posted: August 27th, 2018 09:08PM
Agency: Days per Week: 5
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Housekeeping nanny / living
Amount: $100.00 per month
Posted by: Asik in California, LA.Posted: March 18th, 2018 05:03PM
Agency: NoneDays per Week: 5 days 9 hours per day
Hi. I am a nanny of 2 kids 4 years old and 10 months I only get pay 100 weekly too much to do I also live in my boss to controlling telling me way to do and want to help even if i don't ask and force me to use bonous time wen I got other things to do I do appreciate any help but don't force me the kid r great but I don't got much time for me I cook clean and some time do laundry but the place get dirty as fast as I clean on my day wen I return the house look like a tornado came in and left can you tell me wat is wrong here
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Amount: $4,000.00 per month
Posted by: a user in Dublin, OH.Posted: November 9th, 2016 09:11AM
Agency: Days per Week: 5
I am a nanny and have been doing this for a long time. I just want to clarify the pay. If your nanny is experienced and educated, she should not be making any less than $18/h. If you expect her to do chores around the house (aside from the normal picking up after the kids) she should be paid a few dollars more. If someone doesn't have experience or education, they should still make no less than $15. In some places this is minimage wage. If you expect your nanny to go above and beyond, you need to compensate. Paying your nanny $5 is NOT OK. We do this job bc we love kids, we want to help them grow, we want to help hardworking parents and make you comfortable knowing your child is safe and getting one-on-one attention and teaching them what they need to know for school and in life. If you have the luxury of hiring a nanny, compensate her accordingly. This is our livelihood. We depend on this money to be paid to us 52 weeks out of the year just as you do.
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New Nanny
Amount: $11.00 per month
Posted by: BIANCA NICOLE in Orlando, FL.Posted: August 15th, 2016 01:08AM
Agency: NoneDays per Week: 5
Hello, I'm a new nanny and currently work in a Nursery part time at night. I live in Orlando, FL and am Nannying for a sweet family. I work from 7:30am to 6pm M-Th and 7:30am to 1pm on Fridays. I'm responsible for the children ages 8, 6, 5, 3 and a 4 month old. I do light housekeeping (tidying, dishes, sweeping and occasionally laundry) and cook breakfast and lunch. I just started this job this past week and won't to make sure I'm being paid accordingly. I have a background as a CNA and was trained in CPR, AED and First Aid though I need to recertify. I currently get paid $11/hr without overtime. Am I being jiped here?
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FT Nanny, Bilingual, Lots of Experience
Amount: $3,000.00 per month
Posted by: IndianaMommy in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: January 9th, 2015 10:01AM
Agency: NoneDays per Week: 5
Our nanny is amazing with our two daughters, and came highly recommended. She is fluent in French and teaching them basic words and phrases. She's very hands-on and lovely.
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Amount: $3,000.00 per month
Posted by: adan in west warwick, RI.Posted: December 12th, 2014 04:12PM
Agency: Days per Week: 5
No wonder you have had so many nannies, you pay SLAVE WAGES
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Amount: $0.00 per month
Posted by: NICOLE CONNERS in JOHNS CREEK, GA.Posted: August 23rd, 2013 04:08PM
Agency: Days per Week: 2 WEEKS STRAIGHT NO NIGHTS
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Live out nanny
Amount: $800.00 per month
Posted by: staffordmommy in STAFFORD, VA.Posted: March 23rd, 2013 02:03PM
Agency: noneDays per Week: Monday Through Friday
This is my second nanny. I paid my first $1200 a month but was gone 11 hours a day/5 days. It was basically $5.00 an hour, no benefits. While she was great, my job ended-so hers did too. Now I am only gone about 9 hours a day/5 days so its slightly less than $5.00 an hour. Depends on the person. I've had one babysitter who charges $10.00 an hour and another babysitter who only charges me what I can afford-$25 for a day for instance. They both are good. Long story short-find a babysitter/nanny who is knowledgeable, trustworthy, likes kids and has experience, is punctual, and who is friendly. When you find this person, pay them what you think they are worth. Remember-you get what you pay for, in general. In my opinion, I would rather pay $5.00 an hour for this person to watch my child than send her to an all day daycare for $20 where she is one of many and overlooked. They say that you should get the best childcare that you can afford.
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live out nanny
Amount: $2,000.00 per month
Posted by: chris_in_fallschurch in Falls Church, VA.Posted: October 12th, 2010 10:10AM
Agency: noneDays per Week: 5
We have one child and our nanny comes at 730am and leaves at 4pm, but often has to stay until 6pm when my wife works late.
Other than taking care of our son
She does light cleaning, his laundry, folds our laundry, takes care of pets
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Live in Nanny
Amount: $500.00 per month
Posted by: Susanne in Kenmore, NY.Posted: September 22nd, 2010 08:09PM
Agency: none/private nannyDays per Week: 7
My husband recently deployed to Iraq. We have 3 children (one is college age, so he really doesn't need a Nanny LOL).. but my 9 year old and 10 month old.. they love her. She is a family friend. About the time we found out that my husband was deploying, the lease for her apartment was about to be ready for renewal. We scooped her up. :) We have a finished basement here that we converted into her living quarters. We don't charge her rent (that's part of her salary right there) and we don't charge her for food, utilities etc. Basically, she lives here for free as a family member who gets paid a small stipend that allows her to have spending money etc. She is great with the kids. I only work 2 days per week, so basically, she is just needed to be home and ready on those two days to watch the kids and take care of their needs as well as making sure they are being enriched with age appropriate activities. The other 5 days, she does light house work and assists me with daily things; however, she is free to do as she pleases and tend to her own business or just relax on the days that I am not at work. I couldn't replace her if I tried. She is perfect and the arrangement works out for everyone.
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More $$ doesn't buy a better nanny
Amount: $1,400.00 per month
Posted by: Axxul in Mesa, AZ.Posted: May 14th, 2010 12:05PM
Agency: None-found onlineDays per Week: 5
We've had several nannies:
Basic chores for all of them were those only related to our son(s): laundry, meals, dishes, toy, messes clean up.
-1st: watched our son from his 3months to his 1st B-day, She was great!! She was 60 yrs. w/kids and grandkids and was a nanny before. We paid her 10/hr
-2nd: watched our son for about 6 weeks, paid 300/week, didn't wash bottles properly, only fed our son milk and Cheerios (lazy), too lazy to fold son's laundry properly, told us she had reliable transportation when we hired her-not true,so it didn't give me flexibility if I needed her for 30-60 minutes more per day. She didn't have any kids of her own, 26 yr. old girl.
-3rd:watched our son from about his 16th month, for a year, she was 60, had kids, gkids, nanny experience, high energy, thought our son his letters, numbers, shapes colors before he turned 2, reliable, fun, etc. Paid her 300/week.
-4th: Watched our 2 yr old and 2 month old for about 4 months, left baby bottles with residues, ignored our toddler (I work from home so there were days when she would only talk to him the basics for feeding him, etc), bad attitude. Paid 14/hr, not worth it.
5th-Has been watching our sons for almost 5 months now, great so far! reliable, clean, good w/the kids. Pay 350/week.

Our 1st, 3rd and 5th nannies have been great!you can find a good nanny for a decent price, more $$ does not necess. equal good nanny.
Benefits: 4 sick days/yr, I get 3 weeks vacation/yr so that's what she also gets paid
She can take 2 extra weeks of vacation/yr-not paid. Flexibility; I work from home so she can take the day off or arrive late/leave early for dr. appts, etc.
We pay nanny taxes: -2% AZ unemploy per first 7K /yr -7.65% of wages for SSecurity & Medicare, for nanny #2,3 & 5 we paid our share and her share =15.3% I though about hiring a service to do my nanny taxes but it really isn't that hard to do yourself, (read publication 926 from I've found nannies via Craigslist &
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nanny 8-5 M-F for 2 kids
Amount: $3,200.00 per month
Posted by: a user in San Jose, CA.Posted: May 6th, 2010 11:05PM
Agency: A Nanny SolutionDays per Week: 5
Nanny from agency with lots of experience was $800 a week for 2 kids and did light chores.
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nanny M-F 9-5, helps with cooking
Amount: $1,500.00 per month
Posted by: a user in San Jose, CA.Posted: January 22nd, 2010 10:01AM
Agency: Days per Week: 5
we had a nanny to take care of our 3-month old. Unlicensed. $1500 5 days a week, helps with cooking (we buy the food, she cooks) and some light chores.
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