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Nanny Salary: Guide to Nanny Pay Rates Worldwide

How much does a nanny cost?

There are several important factors to consider when determining your nanny salary. As with any job, the nannies salary should be based on demonstrated performance and current market rates. In this current economic climate salaries are fluctuating to reflect the difficult climate. Help us gather up to date nanny salary and hourly rates by completing our short Nanny Salary Survey.

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

According to the International Nanny Association that pay and benefits for nannies vary widely according to geographic region and the nanny's qualifications and experience. Beginning salaries for live-in nannies just starting in the field usually range from $250 to $400 weekly. A trained nanny can expect a salary of from $350 to $1,000 weekly.

A nanny's work week usually includes 40 to 60 hours, with two days off each week.

How much to pay a nanny depends on the country you live in, as well as the responsibilities your nanny takes on. Apart from looking after the children what other jobs around the house will the nanny be responsible for? The country you live will dictate the minimum terms of employment. For example, the number of annual paid holidays per year, whether you need to pay for sick leave or Health Insurance?

The salary awarded to a nanny is directly linked to their experience, their nanny qualifications, as well as the terms of the position.

The salary you offer for your nanny job will be determined by whether the position is live-in or live-out, whether you live in an urban or rural area, the maximum number of hours the nanny is required to work each week and other elements within your package. For example, if the nanny has use of a car, help towards the cost of language classes, flight costs, membership of gym, etc.

How many children will the nanny care for? If the nanny will have care for more than three children, the weekly rate should be increased by 10 percent per child.

A live-in nanny obviously benefits by not having to pay for their own accommodation which could be quite substantial in your area.

So when considering the salary you plan to pay, factor in the value of room and board then add your weekly pay to come up with a realistic salary. A good idea is to compare your proposed salary to the salary of a local school teacher or to the salary of a day care provider in your area. That way you will get a relative comparison of the salary for the value of the service of your nanny.

Following is a brief guide by country to give you some guidelines on salary.

Whatever salary and terms you offer, we strongly advise that your contract with your nanny covers all aspects of the job, your expectations of them, as well as salary, paid holidays, whether sick pay is included or not, if you are paying overtime and the rate. It's always better to work these details out at the start so both parties know what to expect.

  • Australia Nanny Salary Guide

    A nanny in Australia can expect to earn between AUD16 and AUD18 per hour.

  • Canada Nanny Salary Guide

    You can expect to pay approximately $235 a week for a live-in nanny 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 nanny to cover 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.

    A live-out nanny costs about $400 a week in Toronto and $275 in smaller communities.

  • Ireland Nanny Salary Guide

    A nanny in Ireland can expect to earn between €20,000 and €35,000 gross per annum for a full-time position (roughly €500 - €650 gross per week) depending on their experience and the duties for your job. The hourly nanny rate is in the region of €10 - €12 per hour.

    For live in nannies, as you are providing room and board you are allowed to deduct a charge for this from the nannies salary. There is no statutory set charge. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) suggests that the maximum charges which have been agreed between unions and employers in the hotel and catering industry could be regarded as suitable maximum charges for domestic employees. (In 2005, the maximum agreed for full board and lodging was €54.12 per week (7 days) or €7.73 a day / Full board only €32.14 per week (7 days) or €4.60 a day / lodgings only €21.85 per week (7 days) or €3.14 a day)

    In Ireland there is a minimum wage. However, it is very unlikely a family will find a qualified nanny willing to work for the minimum wage.

    In 2008, the National Detailed Guide To The National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 is €8.65 per hour. The National Detailed Guide To The National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 applies to all employees except:

    • Employees who are in their first year of employment since turning the age of 18 (€6.92 per hour)
    • Employees who are under 18 years of age (€6.06 per hour)
    • Employees who are in their second year of employment since turning 18 (€7.79 per hour)
    • Employees who are close relatives of the employer

    Check out NERA, the National Employment Rights Authority for more information on becoming an employer and the rights of employees in Ireland.

    A family has two options when engaging the services of a nanny.

    • Option 1: The family employs the au pair/nanny - au pair/nanny is employee.

      The family is the employer and is responsible for ensuring that all PRSI/PAYE obligations, as per are adhered to. The family must register as an employer with the Revenue Commissioners. PAYE/PRSI for Small Employers explains how to operate the system.

      The nanny is an employee of the family and is entitled to full employment rights as any other worker. The citizens information website is a good source of information on employment rights - holiday entitlements, contract of work, pay slips, etc

      Or you can find out more details on equality legislation at

    • Option 2: Contract the services of the au pair/nanny - au pair/nanny is self employed

      The family contract the nanny to provide an agreed list of services at an agreed rate with set payment terms etc and that the nanny is a self employed contractor. In this case, the nanny is responsible for their own tax affairs and they are not entitled to any holiday pay, sick pay etc. In essence, a self employed person is not an employee of the family and therefore does not have employment rights entitlements.

      The self employed nanny should technically provide the family with an invoice for services and a receipt for payment of same.

      It's advisable to have a very clear contract agreed and signed by both parties at the start to avoid any confusion about whether the nanny is an employee or self employed. A word of warning - employers who do not register their domestic workers for social insurance protection and income tax may be breaking the law and run the risk of a conviction and fine.

      The citizens information website has a good description on whether a person is an employee or self employed.

      Or you can request their booklet Employment Rights Explained.

  • United Kingdom Nanny Salary Guide

    According to the Nursery World Salary survey 2008 shows that nannies with professional qualifications and extensive experience have a real potential to earn a solid salary that compares favourable to other professions. The average salary for a nanny in central London is £466 per week (after tax and NI has been deducted), giving an annual gross salary above £30,000. A live in nanny in central London average take home pay is £355 per week. The survey results are summarised below.

    Live in nannies

    Year end Central London Other London & Home Counties Other Towns Countryside
      Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross
    2007 £355 £24,545 £296 £19,988 £269 £17,908 £268 £17,797

    Daily nannies

    Year end Central London Other London & Home Counties Other Towns Countryside
      Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross Weekly net Annual gross
    2007 £466 £33,179 £368 £25,548 £325 £22,263 £321 £21,937

  • United States Nanny Salary Guide

    Depending on where you live and how easy it is to find qualified candidates in your area, a full-time nanny salary ranges between $350 and $700 a week. Many families opt to pay their nanny by the hour. This can be from the minimum range in your state to anything up to $18/hr. The salary depends on the nanny's experience, the number of children and the responsibility of the job. Though if it's a live-in situation and you can offer pleasant living arrangements, which may bring your costs, down a bit.

    Since a nanny is your employee, many families pay for their nanny's health insurance as well. The employer is also expected to pay employers taxes and social security taxes.

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