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Cost to Hire a Nanny – A Complete state-wise guide

Cost to Hire a Nanny – A Complete state-wise guide

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Once you've made the decision to hire a nanny to care for your kids, the next step is figuring out how much you should pay them. If you’ve never hired a nanny before, this can feel a little overwhelming, but there are several resources you can take advantage of to come up with a realistic nanny pay rate to offer.

What is the current hourly pay rate for a nanny in my area?

Based on the millions of job posts, here are the 2019 average hourly nanny pay rates in several major cities.

Atlanta: $16.40/hr.

Nashville: $14.47/hr.

Austin: $16.40/hr.

New York City: $22.65/hr.

Baltimore: $15.05/hr.

Philadelphia: $17.27/hr.

Boston: $18.13/hr.

Phoenix: $14.82/hr.

Charlotte: $14.50/hr.

Pittsburgh: $15.07/hr.

Chicago: $15.95/hr.

Portland: $16.25/hr.

Dallas: $16.80/hr.

Sacramento: $15.30/hr.

Denver: $16.55/hr.

Salt Lake City: $15.03/hr.

Detroit: $14.50/hr.

San Diego: $16.80/hr.

Houston: $15.78/hr.

San Francisco: $20.07/hr.

Los Angeles: $22.48/hr.

Seattle: $18.40/hr.

Miami: $15.63/hr.

St. Louis: $14.15/hr.

Minneapolis: $16.75/hr.

Washington, DC: $19.60/hr.

Keep in mind, these hourly nanny pay rates assume a nanny caring for one child and working full-time. If your care needs are different, you should decrease or increase this rate. 

What should I take into account to adjust my nanny’s hourly pay rate?

Now that you have a good estimate of what the average nanny expects to earn in your area, you need to look at the details of the job you’re offering and the credentials of the nannies you’re interviewing to fine-tune the final pay rate. Here are four major factors to consider:


  1. How many children will your nanny care for? Nannies that watch multiple children should earn more than nannies watching one child. Best practices are to increase your hourly rate $1 to $2 per hour for each additional child a nanny cares for.


How much experience does your nanny have? According to the International Nanny Associations most recent salary benefits survey, nannies with less than two years of experience earn about $2 less per hour than nannies with 3-5 years of experience. Additionally, a nanny with 7-10 years experience earns about $2 per hour more than a nanny with 3-5 years of experience. The point is, the more experience a candidate has, the more you can expect to pay for their services.


Is your nanny first aid or CPR certified? If so, they most likely should command a higher hourly rate than a candidate with no medical training. The added peace of mind knowing your nanny can provide a basic level of support for your child if something goes wrong is generally worth paying extra for.


Will your nanny’s job go beyond caring for your kids? Some families ask their nanny to pitch in with additional household help, such as laundry and running errands. If youre planning to ask your nanny to handle things like this, expect them to want additional money for these tasks.


Remember there are other costs associated with hiring a nanny

By now, you should have a good idea of what to pay your new nanny. But there are other expenses you need to think about that will finalize your total care budget.


  • Household employment taxes - sometimes called nanny taxes, these will be about 10 percent of the wages you pay your nanny. The IRS says when you pay a nanny $2,100 or more during the calendar year, you’re responsible for paying these taxes. 
  • Workers Compensation Insurance - your state may require you to have a policy in place to protect you and your nanny if they get hurt while on the job.


  • Tax and payroll service - many families opt to have a company like Care or HomePay handle all the tax filings, payroll calculations, labor law compliance updates and government notice correspondence on their behalf. A comprehensive service like this should be part of your budget if you need help.