Nanny Salary

Most Nannies in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.36 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Nannies report high levels of job satisfaction. Fewer than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and less than two percent get vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,103 - $43,337
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$43K
MEDIAN: $25,692
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$9.72 - $18.70
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,103 - $43,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$40.00  
Commission
$250.00  
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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$18,591 - $41,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $18.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21 - $3.67  
Overtime
$8.00 - $27.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
Commission
$250.00  
Profit Sharing
$40.00  
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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$18,591 - $41,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,031
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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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While not commonly seen, Nannies who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nanny


Many Nannies can be found at Self-Employed, Private Family, family, Nanny, and On Call Nanny, firms that are at the top of the field.

Popular Skills for Nanny


Nannies report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in cooking, Bilingual, CPR, and Driving are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Child Care and transportation. The majority of those who know Activities for Children also know Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Nanny

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. On average, Nannies make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,815

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Nannies in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Nannies can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+35 percent), New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 1 percent south of the national average.

Nanny Reviews

What is it like working as a Nanny?

Nanny in Houston:
"Best job ever!"
Pros: I have worked as a secondary school teacher, teaching mathematics and Latin. I enjoyed that very much. I started a technology consulting company which was successful and very rewarding. But being a nanny is the best job I've ever had. I love every minute of every day. It doesn't feel like work.
Cons: The worst thing is the weekends. I miss the baby too much! I look forward to Monday mornings.

Nanny in Oregon City:
"Under paid and not appreciated."
Pros: The kids and seeing there smiling faces. As well as watching them grow as people into good children.
Cons: She doesn't give me enough gas money and I have to pay out of pocket.

Nanny in Seattle:
"The most entertaining and demanding job."
Pros: Being a nanny is extremely rewarding. I get to learn with and from children. I see their perspective and I get to laugh with them. Everything is an adventure and they have so much love!
Cons: Frequently nannies are under appreciated and taken advantage of.

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!!!

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Experience Affects Nanny Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Nanny Salaries

cooking
up arrow 13%

CPR
up arrow 10%

Bilingual
up arrow 10%

Driving
up arrow 9%



childcare
up arrow 4%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Food Preparation
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
0%

laundry
0%

Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$28,000

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

transportation
up arrow 3%

Child Care
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 677 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 7%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
medical benefits
Vision: 2%
dental benefits
None: 92%
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