Nanny Share Rates

Hello,

We live in the Oakland Hills and are starting a nanny share.  Our nanny has about 18 years of experience, is a great communicator and our 4-month-old son loves her. 

She quoted a rate of $35-$40/hour for a share and is pushing for the $40 end of that range.  This seems very high relative to what I have seen on BPN but I wanted to collect more data from our wonderful community.  If you have experience with a nanny share in the area can you quickly reply back with your rate per hour?  It would be so deeply appreciated as we navigate this difficult and stressful conversation.  Her rate is much higher than we had budgeted or anticipated and are now scrambling to find a way to properly value her skills with a fair rate and yet also come up with something we can actually afford.

Thank you so much for your help!

Moderator Note:  See results from BPN's nanny survey last year with 167 responses to this question: https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/recommend/advice/nanny-shares/nanny-pay

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We have been paying 13 and are probably ready to discuss the raise-- I feel like 15 would be appropriate and what I would consider going forward.

That seems higher than city rates. Not that it isn't expensive to live here butt that would be high for me too.

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Our nanny share ended a month ago as my daughter started preschool. Our nanny is asking $15/child now. We were paying $13/child in the share that just ended. 

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That seems extremely high! How many kids is she watching?
We've been involved in 2 different nanny shares, with a nanny watching 2 babies for $13 each per hour, total of $26/hr. If they only watch 1 its either $20 or $22/hr. Those were cash payment. Even on the books, i cant imagine paying more than a few dollars higher.
But people charge what they charge, so maybe look for a nanny with a lower rate.
Good luck!

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14/hr each parent for two kids (28/hr total).  We pay her vacation and holidays and when we're on vacation.

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We’re in Redwood Heights (Oakland), and we do $18/hr per family; both babies are under age 2. Friends down the street have a pre-K age share and pay almost a dollar less than we do hourly. A nanny with education, experience, and skills is worth a pretty penny, especially in the Bay Area with current cost-of-living. 

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Sounds extremely high relative to the market (which to my estimation is admittedly high for the payer and low for the payee for the considerable skills required to care well for children). Going rate as I'm aware (currently participating in a nanny share in Berkeley) is 20/h for a single child, 24/h for two children.

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Just interviewed a huge number of nannies for Oakland hills for a share. $30/hr was high end of spectrum, range was pretty much $26-$30 for two babies. That being said, it’s been extremely challenging finding someone so I would recommend doing the best you can to keep someone you think is great! Good luck!

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I think this is on the high end for sure. Two years ago we paid our nanny (who had 10+ years experience) 28/hour for two kids and that was considered on the high end (this was after two raises -- keep in mind they will expect an annual raise). We now have a nanny share for our second baby and she makes 29/hour. I recently interviewed a number of nannies for a share and 36/hour was the highest I've ever seen (this was for a nanny with a decade or more of experience, fluent English speaker, household organizational skills, etc...)

We interviewed a number of solo-care nannies as well and the going rate seemed be between 18-20/hour (so you might not be saving that much with a share that's 40/hour). A handful were as high as 25+/hour for one child but that seemed to be the top end. 

That all being said, it's hard to feel like you're "overpaying" someone for amazing childcare, if you are able to fit it into your budget. :) And if you aren't, there are plenty of great nannies out there who you might be happy with that would fit into your budget. 

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This is way too expensive.  Most nannies I know get paid about $20ish per hour for one kid and about $25 for two kids in one family, I know that nanny share is more but not THAT much more.  $15/hour/child is common, and maybe the lower end of her range is ok but the upper range is way too high.  At $20/hour/child you can get a nanny just for your kid and don't need to go the share route as the purpose of that is usually to get a cheaper option and here you are definitely overpaying from my experience.  

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We just started a new nanny share. We were interviewing nannies for a while and the rates in the market seem to be 26-30/hr for 2 kids. However, as everyone says, it depends on what you are looking for and how much you can afford. We talked to a couple of nannies who were asking for 32/hr, based on years of experience + formal training in child development + fluent bilingual, CPR, background check completed, etc. 

Good luck, it is not easy to find a good match!