When looking for a nanny, usually you’ll have in mind your budget; although its helpful to know what you can afford, it’s important to understand the standard going-rate for your area.
In Westchester County , NY the wage can range anywhere from $22 to $35, depending on the nanny’s experience, skills and education but not forgetting the job description itself.
For example, paying a nanny to care for 1 child with some light housekeeping is very different than running a household with 3 children while also running errands and driving to activities. As the job responsibilities increase, so will the pay accordingly.
For parents, having unrealistic salary expectations can trigger a haul of frustration, and drive you to hire an unfitting candidate, eventually having to start the nanny search all over, which in the end, it’ll will cost you more, not only financially but emotionally as well. Another thing to consider are the kids having to readjust and reconnect to a new nanny.
For nannies, if underpaid, they won’t be motivated, dedicated or even loyal if they’re working hard, but struggling to pay their bills or feeling depreciated.
Here’s a real fact: The more generous you are with your nanny, the more it will come back two fold. A nanny who feels appreciated and valued is likely to be far more generous in all components of the working relationship.
Paying the right salary for the right person says you value their expertise and worth, which translates to a happier nanny. A happier nanny will most likely stay long-term and be more productive/proactive, ultimately giving you back your money’s worth and meeting your expectations when caring for your children.
At Caring Connections we help you determine the pay for each unique position according to our local rate. Send us a DM, or email us if you have any questions – We’d love to help you!