2018 Nanny Survey Results: Bonuses, Benefits and Leave

Most parents pay their nanny for sick days, holidays, and vacation.  Some parents commented that they pay their nanny when the family is away and also give her personal days (this was not on the survey.)  Additional benefits that parents mentioned in the comments include mileage, and help with medical premiums.
1. Do you give your nanny paid time off for federal holidays that fall on days she normally works for you?
  • 88% Yes  (193)
  • 12%  No (26)
2. Do you give your nanny paid time off when she is sick and can't care for your child?
  • 87%  Yes (114 said a specified number of days per year; 77 said as needed)
  • 13%  No  (28)
3. Do you give your nanny paid time off for vacation and/or personal days?
  • 86%  Yes (115 pay 2+ weeks, her choice; 44 pay when family is away; 29 pay 1 week, her choice)
  • 14%  No (31)
4. Are you planning to give your nanny a year-end bonus this year?   Note "one week's pay" means the amount you typically pay the nanny for one week of childcare.
  • 76% Yes (86 = 1 week's pay; 42 = less than 1 week's pay; 37 = 2+ week's pay)
  • 19% No, but I plan to give a gift (42)
  • 5%  No (12)
5. What other benefits do you provide besides those listed above? Check all that apply.
Some meals or access to family food
An "allowance" of money to spend as nanny wishes while with the children
Transportation subsidy (BART or Clipper card, gas money, etc.)
Personal memberships (local museums, zoo, etc). that nanny can use when not with my child
Use of a car
Other benefits not listed above (please use the Comments section at the end of the survey to explain.)
Use of a credit card or charge account
Help with personal expenses
Help with medical expenses
Cell phone
Total Respondents: 148  



Parent Q&A

  • Gifts for nanny

    (2 replies)

    Our nanny of six months is very sweet and has given small gifts (clothes, toy, etc.) to our baby at Christmas and at Valentine's Day. I'm anticipating that the baby will also get a gift from the nanny on her birthday. I'm wondering the best way to reciprocate. I gave the nanny a cash bonus at Christmas and will ask when the nanny's birthday is to get her a small gift or cash at that time. Have other folks given gifts or cards to their nanny on other holidays, such as Valentine's Day?

    RE: Gifts for nanny ()

    Hi GardenLover,

    We do give gifts (from our child) for fun holidays, and any cultural holidays that the nanny celebrates. Usually a gift certificate (local coffee or smoothies), house plant, book, etc. If we see something in a boutique that I know the nanny will love, we’ll pick it up. Hope this is helpful!

    RE: Gifts for nanny ()

    Our nanny is similarly thoughtful and generous, so we also try to reciprocate, but really it depends on your relationship with your nanny and what little (or big) thing you think would make her feed appreciated for going above and beyond. Cash is king, but it's also the thought that counts. For example, I snuck a bag of pretty foiled heart chocolates into my baby's diaper bag on Valentine's Day and I could tell she really loved it. For the holidays/end of year we gave her a week bonus an a substantial gift certificate to a place we know she shops, and we're planning to give her some extra cash when she takes her vacation this summer. I wasn't going to ask her birthday (for some adults that can seem kind of nosy), but we gave her and her family a plate of cupcakes when they couldn't make it to our baby's 1st birthday party. Probably I will think of something else in the moment when there's another occasion to thank her with a little gift of something.