Nanny Salary

Most Nannies in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.36 per hour. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of Nannies claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to less than one-tenth, and less than two percent earn vision coverage.

$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 Nannies do not often become Registered Nurses, the job pays $55K per year on average. The most common career progression for Nannies leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant, where average pay is $31K annually. However, many Nannies also opt to become Certified Nurse Assistants. Typically, a Certified Nurse Assistant brings home $23K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nanny


Self-Employed, Private Family, family, Nanny, and On Call Nanny are all popular places to work.

Popular Skills for Nanny


Nannies seem to wield many 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Child Care and transportation. Those educated in Activities for Children tend to be well versed in Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Nanny

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


Nannies with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nannies make a median salary of $31K. 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

National Average: $27,815

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

For Nannies, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than 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). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Nanny Reviews

What is it like working as a Nanny at Private Family?

Nanny in Chattanooga:
"Best Job in the world."
Pros: We develop a close relationship and share ideas and talk about what is best for the job.
Cons: Sometimes the hours are very long.

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).

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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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