Au Pair Rates

10 Things You Should Know About Au Pair Rates

Parents who are considering the option of bringing an Au Pair into their home must understand the rates and duties expected of the individual. These young men and women are coming abroad from countries and being integrated into a home, but they are not paid the high rates of a nanny. While they are not paid the rates of a nanny, parents should realize that they also are not expected to perform the job duties of a nanny.

  1. The government sets the minimum rates. The minimum rates vary by country and the requirements of the government, but it is nothing more than a minimum.
  2. Parents should pay for overtime work. Au Pairs are not nannies or housekeepers, though they are expected to help parents with children around 20 to 40 hours a week, depending on the country. Work beyond the 20 to 40 hours requires payment as well.
  3. Room and meals are part of the pay. The usually low weekly rate for work performed is partly due to the fact that families are providing a room and meals to the Au Pair staying in their home.
  4. Parents can pay more than the minimum. An Au Pair minimum payment is a guideline, but parents can choose to pay more if they feel the Au Pair is doing well or it is appropriate given the type of work performed.
  5. The minimum rates can change each year. While the basic rates are roughly the same, as years change it might require paying more than previous years. Parents should always find out about the current rates.
  6. Parents are not expected to pay high amounts for Au Pairs. Au Pairs are young men and women who are not trained or qualified as nannies or housekeepers. This means they are not paid the professional rates.
  7. When Au Pairs go on family outings, the parents should pay for their needs. An Au Pair is expected to become a member of the family and parents should not expect them to pay for the family outings, particularly if it is an expensive outing. They can pay for any souvenirs or items they personally want.
  8. Meals are usually included in the agreement. If the family is going out for a meal, parents should pay for the Au Pair’s meal as well as the rest of the family.
  9. Parents should pay extra if Au Pairs are expected to watch children’s friends as well as their children throughout a given day. The original rate does not cover friends of a child and appropriate compensation should take place for extra duties.
  10. Rates for children with special needs are generally higher. Parents who have special needs children should pay more than the basic rate, particularly for overtime hours.

Au Pairs are a great solution for families who need a little extra help, but are not able to pay for a housekeeper or nanny. While the hours are not as long as a professional nanny, that 20 to 40 hours per week can make a difference to many families.