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Nanny Salary

Women account for the majority of Nannies in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.98 per hour. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. In this profession, less than 10 percent enjoy medical and dental coverage, and less than two percent have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nannies. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$14,069 - $42,430
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,793
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$9.64 - $18.20
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,069 - $42,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,163 - $40,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $18.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $3.33  
Overtime
$1.86 - $26.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,163 - $40,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,328

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Job Description for Nanny

A nanny is a professional worker who cares for a person’s child or children in their home. These individuals are usually highly trained in the field and many times have earned their early childhood credentials. Many nannies today are both male and female and usually range in age from early 20s to 60s.

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Nanny Tasks

  • Transport children to and from school, play dates, and activities.
  • Ensure children’s health and safety and care for illnesses.
  • Work in a private home providing childcare, supervising children, keeping children entertained, and upholding family rules.
  • Prepare children’s meals, clean up after the children, do some of the family’s shopping, and perform light housekeeping.

Common Career Paths for Nanny


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At the upper end, Nannies who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Going from Nanny to Administrative Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $31K. Many others choose to work as Certified Nurse Assistants, where pay is typically $23K.

Nanny Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nanny


Although Private Family hands out the lowest average salary in town at $25K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $37K.

Popular Skills for Nanny


Nannies report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in cooking, Transport, Organizing, and Errands are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Spanish Language and Home Care as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Activities for Children are, more often than not, also skilled in Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Nanny

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. On average, Nannies make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Nannies, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Nannies can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+38 percent), New York (+36 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Nanny Reviews

What is it like working as a Nanny?

Nanny in Crivitz:
"The parents are the hardest part . . ."
Pros: I love the flexibility of what I wear, the ability to determine what my work day generally looks like, and the kids are amazing.
Cons: I strongly dislike the constant changing, the unfair and sometimes unreasonable expectations from the parents, and the constant pressure of meeting the parents' expectations while nurturing the children (and often those two are in direct conflict with each other).

Nanny in Bridgeport:
"Hardest job in the world... You have to be alert every sec."
Pros: Hard as it is these kids make me smile on a bad day.....
Cons: Long hours.....everlasting energy you have to find to run around with children...parents who don't set boundary for their children...... Therefore these children don't like the word No!!!

Nanny in New York:
"Nanny."
Pros: I absolutely love kids and seeing them grow and get smarter. I also love to do lots of activities with them.

Nanny in Houston:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Working closely with children and their families. Making a difference in childrens lives. Giving care and protection when parents cannot be present due to work or other obligations.
Cons: It is not what I studied to do.

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Experience Affects Nanny Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Nanny Salaries

cooking
up arrow 14%

Transport
up arrow 9%


Errands
up arrow 7%

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

childcare
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

CPR
0%

National Average
$27,000

laundry
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

Driving
up arrow 2%

Home Care
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 511 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 3%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 92%
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