Received Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I have a question and I hope you'd be willing to consider posting it, even though it's of a local nature.
I've worked part time as a nanny for the last few years and want to do it full time as a career. When I started I did a fair amount of research into normal wages for my area (California - Oakland/Berkeley) and found that rates start at $15 an hour. Today I responded to an ad for a part time summer nanny posted by the outgoing nanny. We talked for a few minutes and she said she gets $500 a week, which is $11.11 an hour, and in her experience $11 - $12/hr is normal for this area. She said she's been doing this for 10 years, has lots of nanny friends, and $15 an hour is pretty unusual.
So my question is, is what she's saying right or is my other research right? I'd appreciate it if nannies in my area would chime in.