Calling All Nashville Area Nannies
I have a question for the Nashville area nannies (if you are out there....). I recently relocated from the East Coast (NY/NJ area) and am having trouble with what to say when potential employers ask for a salary requirement. I applied with a nanny agency, in a very affluent area, that informed me that the "going rate" is $11-13/hr. I'm having trouble swallowing this because, while I realize that the cost of living is less here, it's not THAT MUCH LESS that I could survive on this rate. I was making $18-20 to watch 2 children at one previous employer. And the position that I left to come here was paying me $2000/wk (I was the household manager).
I specifically have trouble when positions come up like the following: 3 kids who need care from 6:30-8am, and then again from 2:45-5/6pm but there are times that it could be 8pm. I can't have another job during the "off time" because I would need to be "on-call" in case a child is home sick or gets sick and needs to come home. I am college educated, trilingual, a Ringling Bros. Clown College graduate (no, I'm not kidding) who swims/drives/travels/ and basically does it all. I would love to hear from other nannies.... What would you ask for as a salary when you are possibly only working 20 hours a week, but need to be available from 6:30am-8pm, 4 days a week? What are you asking for hourly in this area?? Thank you in advance.
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