Nanny Salary

Women comprise the majority of Nannies in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.05 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, fewer than one in ten enjoy medical and dental coverage, and less than two percent have vision insurance, as well.

$14,121 - $42,881
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$43K
MEDIAN: $26,071
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$9.66 - $18.31
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,121 - $42,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
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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$18,329 - $40,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 809
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $18.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $3.93  
Overtime
$3.14 - $26.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
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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$18,329 - $40,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,613
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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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As Nannies transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. An Administrative Assistant role is the most common promotion for Nannies moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $31K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Nannies is a Certified Nurse Assistant position, where earnings are usually $23K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nanny


Private Family offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $25K. The best-paid employees do manage to haul in approximately $37K, however.

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 8 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, Home Care, and transportation. Those familiar with Activities for Children also tend to know Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Nanny

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. 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


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 Washington (+37 percent), New York (+33 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

Nanny Reviews

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 14%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

CPR
up arrow 8%


Transport
up arrow 5%

laundry
up arrow 4%

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 513 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
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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