The Neighbor's Nanny
Hi. My neighbor is a work-at-home mom who has hired a part-time/live-out nanny to take care of her daughter three days a week. The woman is a legal permanent resident with excellent references, but she only speaks Spanish, so it has been hard for her to network to find jobs. Her stated rate when my neighbor hired her was $12/hr for caring for the baby plus help around the house. She is going to start watching my baby a few hours a week at my neighbor's house (not doing anything at my house), and she told me $12/hr as well.
We are in the SF Bay Area, and my question is: is $12/hr a fair rate to be paying this lady? To me, it seems a little low. I am on a pretty tight budget, but I really value childcare work and I do NOT want to underpay someone, ever. Most of the families I know who employ full time nannies in our area pay them more like $18 or $20 an hour, and that's for childcare only. Just curious what other people think. Is this a fair rate, or is she charging less because she's trying to compete with lots of other people? If someone seems to be charging too little, what, if anything, should I do? - ElenaMadera
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