Nanny Salaries: What Parents Need to Know

When you can’t be home to care for your children, you want someone there who you can trust. A loving, nurturing nanny can give your children the personalized care and attention that they deserve. Once you’ve decided that hiring a nanny is the right childcare choice for your family, you’ll need to determine if hiring a nanny is in your childcare budget.

You might be surprised to find out that, with a little planning, hiring a nanny can be an affordable childcare option. For families with two or more children that need childcare, for example, this is especially true. With a nanny, you are not paying for slots in daycare, but instead are paying one price for one person to provide continuous care to all of the children in your family.

If you are in need of flexible childcare, care during the evening hours or more than 8 hours of childcare per day, a nanny may also be less expensive than other childcare options.

When considering your childcare budget, it’s important to know what factors can influence a nanny’s salary. These factors include:

  • Geographical location
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Hours
  • Duties
  • Responsibilities
  • Live-in or live-out status
  • Benefits and other components of a salary package.


To find out the going rate for nannies in your area, you can view the International Nanny Association’s Salary and Benefits Survey. You can also call local placement agencies and ask what the average nanny rate is in your area. When discussing nanny salaries, be sure to clarify if you are speaking in net (after taxes) or gross (before taxes) terms. It’s important to remember that live-out nannies and some live-in nannies, depending on where you live, are entitled to overtime.

On top of your nanny’s salary, there are other financial factors you’ll need to consider. Nanny employer taxes add on about 10% of the nanny’s gross salary to an employer’s out of pocket expense. Fortunately, there are tax breaks that employers can take advantage of to virtually negate the added expense.

If you are offering your nanny nontaxable benefits, like health insurance, it may also reduce your out of pocket expenses.

If you are requiring your nanny to use her own vehicle to transport your children, you will need to reimburse the nanny for mileage based on the current Internal Revenue Service mileage reimbursement rate.

Average Nanny Salaries

  • On average, full-time nannies earn $700 gross per week.
  • On average, part-time nannies earn minimum wage to $16 an hour or more.
  • Live-in nannies earn slightly less than live-out nannies. 

Remember that nannies are not just for parents working outside the home forty-plus hours a week. Even if you are a stay-at-home or work from home parent, you may find that the services a nanny can provide are priceless when you compare your nanny's pay to the added quality of care, peace-of-mind, relaxation, and renewed patience that even a few hours' break from your childcare duties can create. 

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