Nanny Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Nannies in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.06 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Less than 10 percent enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than two percent get vision benefits. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$14,116 - $42,730
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$43K
MEDIAN: $26,069
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$9.66 - $18.27
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,116 - $42,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,025  
Total Pay (?
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$18,332 - $40,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 827
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $18.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $3.93  
Overtime
$4.59 - $26.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,025  
   
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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$18,332 - $40,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,679
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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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Nannies may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. The most common promotion for Nannies is Administrative Assistant, a position that typically pays $31K annually. Another standard transition for Nannies seeking advancement is to assume a Certified Nurse Assistant role, where pay is often $23K.

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Popular Skills for Nanny


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in cooking, Bilingual, CPR, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, Home Care, and transportation. Most people skilled in Activities for Children are similarly competent in Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Nanny

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. Nannies claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Nannies with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


For Nannies, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Nannies can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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What is it like working as a Nanny?

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!!!

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 15%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

CPR
up arrow 6%


laundry
up arrow 4%

Transport
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 2%

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

childcare
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Driving
up arrow 1%

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

transportation
up arrow 5%

Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Home Care
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 510 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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