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Au Pair Salary: Guide to Au Pair Salaries or Pocket Money Costs

How much does an au pair cost? What is an average salary or pocket money for an au pair?

An au pair is a foreign-national domestic assistant working for, and living as part of, a host family. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly "pocket-money" salary.

There are several important factors to consider when determining your au pair salary or pocket money. How much to pay an au pair is very much dependent on the country you live in, as well as the value of the service you will receive. As with most jobs, the salary awarded to an au pair is directly linked to their demonstrative experience, as well as their working hours per week. The country you live may also dictate the minimum terms of employment you should offer your au pair.

The salary you offer for your au pair job will be determined by the maximum number of hours the au pair is required to work each week, how many children they care for and other elements within your package. For example, if the au pair has use of a car for personal use, payment towards language classes, payment towards flight home, membership of sports club, transport costs etc. These should all be taken into account towards the overall package you are offering. If the au pair will have care for more than three children, the weekly rate should be increased by 10 percent per child.

This section aims to give you some information on au pair pay or average au pair costs worldwide. It's a starting point only. The best way to understand the current market is to advertise your free au pair job and chat directly to au pairs about their experience and au pair salary expectations.

Following is a brief guide by country to give you some guidelines on au pair salaries. Help us gather up to date au pair pocket money by completing our short Au Pair Salary Survey.

For countries in Europe, EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.

The content below changes periodically and may not be completely accurate, but should give you a good indication of average salary and official links to help you gather enough information on this topic to make some informed decisions on salaries and average au pair costs. If a family offers a very high salary that exceeds the averages, be careful this may be a scam. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is!

See the visas section for more information on visa requirements per country.


  • Australia Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    Australia has a working holiday visa programme and au pairs in Australia can expect to earn in the region of 80 - 200 AUD per week depending on the hours worked.

  • Austria Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The Job Service centre in Austria provides details on working as an au pair in Austria and the requirements on the family to register an au pair at least two weeks before the au pair is due to start. An au pair in Austria is not permitted to work over 20 hours per week and can expect to earn no more than the minimum wage in Austria. Please check AMS for up to date minimum rate.

    The au pair should also have the opportunity of attending a language course; half of the costs are paid by the au pair, the other by the family.

    The au pair must be registered for Health Insurance, and the family is liable for these costs.

    The costs room and board, health insurance and 50 % of the language course paid by the host family are not considered as income of the au pair. The au pair is paid the minimum income limit in addition to these extra costs. It is also sufficient to register the au pair with the statutory accident insurance (gesetzliche Unfallversicherung). It's a good idea to contact your local Gebietskrankenkasse for more information.

  • Belgium Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    An au pair in Belgium can expect to earn at least 450 Euro per month for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

    The au pair is also obliged to attend a language course.

    The family needs to take out private health insurance for the au pair. See http://meta.fgov.be/ for more information.

  • Canada Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    Canada has a Live In Care Giver Programme. Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.

    A live in care giver can expect to earn approximately $235 a week in smaller communities and $290 a week in larger centres such as Toronto.

    In Ontario, for example, where minimum wage is $6.85 an hour, employers are entitled to take up to $85.25 off the weekly wages of a live-in care giver to cover his/her room and board. Minimum wage rates and employment standards legislation vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so you'll need to understand the rule in your area before committing to hiring a nanny.

    Payment for working extra hours should be based on standards set by your provincial or territorial department of labour under employment standards laws. You should be paid for overtime according to the law, or as stated in your contract if the amount in the contract is higher.

    See http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLish/work/caregiver/index.asp for more details about the Care Giver Program in Canada.

  • Denmark Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    Denmark runs a formal au pair programme and an au pair can expect to earn DKK 2900 per month (gross) for between 18 - 30 hours per week. See National Directorate of Labour for more information and requirements on the Danish au pair programme.

    If the Au Pair has his/her permanent residence in a country outside of Europe, the host family shall pay for his/her return ticket.

    The au pair needs to be given enough spare time that allows him or her to attend a language course.

    The host family and the au pair have to decide if the au pair will be covered by the Holidays Act or the Act on Certain Employment Relationships in Agriculture.

    Download the following information pack for details on holiday requirements for au pairs.

    http://www.adir.dk/graphics/informationsprodukter/pjecer/2008/07_au_pair_gb/pdf/au_pair_gb_juli_2008.pdf

  • Finland Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The Finnish Revenue Board can supply up to date information on average au pair salaries in Finland. The Finnish Embassy can also help with guidelines on how to apply for an au pair nanny residency permit and average salaries.

  • Germany Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The German Employment Office can provide information on the German Au Pair program and average salaries.

    Download PDF guidelines for host families and au pairs.

    An au pair in Germany was raised to 260 euro ($300+) in 2006. The majority of families also give their au pairs a monthly travel pass and other benefits such as a contribution to course fees of up to 100 euro per semester and 150 euro for return travel at end of year.

  • Iceland Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The Ministry of Social Affairs in Iceland decides the amount of pocket money per month for au pairs. Since January 2005 the amount shall be minimum ISK 10.000 per week, (approx. US$160 per week). The au pair should get paid weekly on Friday or Saturday unless she/he and the host family have agreed on otherwise. If the au pair is paid monthly, an agreement regarding this arrangement should be signed by the au pair and the host family and sent to Local Agent. Pocket money for extra hours at day and night time shall be a of minimum ISK 400 per hour.

    The Au Pairs travel cost - The au pair pays her/his way to the host country and the family can reimburses 1/12 (one/twelfth) of the total cost of the airfare, each month the au pair stays or max ISK 54.000 (approx. US$850) for one year.

    The Icelandic host family is responsible for medical and accidental insurance of the au pair.

  • Ireland Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    Au Pairs in Ireland earn roughly €3.30 per hour or between €60 - €140 per week depending on the hours worked.

    Au Pair (20-25 hours per week)

    • Works 4 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • Guide pocket money - €66

    Au Pair (25-30 hours per week)

    • Works 5 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • guide pocket money - €82.50

    Au Pair Plus and Summer Au Pair (30-35 hours per week)

    • Works 6 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • Guide pocket money - €100

  • Italy Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    In addition to accommodation and meals, the au pair in Italy will receive a pocket money to be paid weekly

    • For a service of 35 hours a week including 1 night babysitting the au pair will receive 77 Euro/week.
    • For a service of 40 hours a week (au pair plus) including 1 night babysitting the amount due would be 88 Euro/week, with one full day off.
  • Netherlands Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    Au pairs in the Netherland are legally obliged to live with their host family

    http://english.justitie.nl/currenttopics/pressreleases/archives2005/au-pairs-are-legally-obliged-to-reside-with-the-family.aspx

    An au pair in the Netherlands can expect to earn up to 340 euro per month.

  • New Zealand Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    An au pair in New Zealand can expect to earn between 50-180 NZD per week.

  • Spain Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The minimum pocket money for au pairs is 60-75 euro a week. There are also opportunities for young people to stay with Spanish families in exchange for speaking English with the children without having any domestic or childcare duties.

  • Sweden Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    An au pair in Sweden can expect to earn at least 3,500 SEK per month before tax.

  • Switzerland Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    To work as an au pair in Switzerland you must adhere to the rules. You must be a female between the ages of 17 (18 in Geneva) and 29 from Western Europe, North America, Australia, or New Zealand, stay for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 18 months, and attend a minimum of three hours a week of language classes in Zürich, four in Geneva. Families in most places are required to pay half the language school fees of 500-1,000 Swiss francs for six months.

    Au pairs in Switzerland work for a maximum of 30 hours per week, plus babysitting once or twice a week. The monthly au pair salary varies among cantons but the normal range is 590-740 Swiss francs after all compulsory deductions for tax and health insurance have been made.

  • United Kingdom Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The Au Pairs pocket money is between £55 - £85 per week depending on their level of experience, responsibility and hours required per week.

    Au Pair (20-25 hours per week)

    • Works 4 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • Guide pocket money - £55

    Au Pair (25-30 hours per week)

    • Works 5 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • guide pocket money - £70

    Au Pair Plus and Summer Au Pair (30-35 hours per week)

    • Works 6 hours per day, 5 days per week
    • Baby sits 2-3 evenings per week
    • Receives 2 free days and 3 evenings off
    • Guide pocket money - £85

  • United States Au Pair Salary (pocket money) Guide

    The US Department of State operates The Au Pair and Educare programme. Through the Au Pair program foreign nationals between 18 and 26 years of age participate directly in the home life of a host family by providing limited childcare services for up to 12 months. Childcare is limited to no more than 10 hours per day, and to a maximum of 45 hours per week. Au pairs are compensated for their work according to the Fair Labor Standards Act as interpreted and implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. Participants in the Au Pair program must be proficient in spoken English, and are required to complete at least six hours of academic credit or its equivalent at an accredited US post-secondary educational institution. Host families are required to pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair's required academic course work.

    Au Pairs in the USA receive a weekly stipend directly from their host family. For families with all children over 2 years of age, au pairs receive a weekly stipend of $139.05. For families with children under 2 years of age, au pairs receive a weekly stipend of $164.05.

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