A free weekly email
for city moms (and expecting moms!) with kids under 3.
Open House 300x250

The Nanny Poll Results

What Boston parents expect and pay in 2013


Nanny. That's what 94.4% of us call the woman who helps us take care of our children. Our nanny, to be more precise (say 74%). And while 61.1% of us who have nannies are working in an office full- or-part time, 22.2% of us are working from home, and 16.7% of us are not working.

The average nanny work week is shorter than a typical corporate work week (only 33% employ a caregiver for more than 40 hours). But it's a busy one. Beyond the childcare, 72% of us require our nannies to do the kids' laundry and 68% require them to cook their meals. But for some, the job does not stop there: 25.9% require grocery shopping for the kids; 16.7% require the parents' laundry washed; 14.8% require light dusting; 12.9% require floor washing; 11.1% require vacuuming; and 7.4% require family grocery shopping. A small percent of us have even more needs met—3.7% have our dry cleaning dropped off; 1.9% get hardcore housekeeping (as in bathrooms); and 1.9% have our own meals cooked.

While 3.7% of us never bathe our kids during the week (and 24% of us always bathe our kids), the majority of us (72.6%) bathe our kids some, if not most, of the time. Dinner is a little bit different: 9.3% of us never serve our kids dinner during the week; 42.6% of us always do. About half of us (48.1%) do it some, if not most, of the time.

And what are we willing to pay for all of this? Well, it varies. The vast majority (83.3%) pay by the hour. And the going rate is $16-18 (35.2%)—though almost as many families (29.6%) pay $13-15 per hour. At the low end, 3.7% pay $10-12 per hour, and at the high end, 14.8% pay $19 an hour or more.

And the perks? Well, 64.8% offer paid vacation days; 55.6% offer paid bank holidays; 59.3% pay for sick days; 42.6% pay for snow days; and 27.8% pay for personal days. Only 11.1% do not offer any paid days off at all. Less than half of us (46.3%) give an annual raise, but most of us (75.9%) give a cash bonus during the holidays. Most of the time that bonus is equal to one week's salary (42.6%) or two weeks' (22.2).

We are largely territorial over the traditional "mom" duties. Only 24% of us are comfortable having our sitters take the kids to a birthday party; 18.5% to the doctor; 9.3% shopping for clothes or shoes; and 3.7% for a haircuts.

Finally, let's talk about trust. Exactly half of us (50%) found our nannies through word-of-mouth. Many of us through an online service (38.9%), and 11.1% through an agency or classified listing. More than half (53.7%) called at least one reference. (25.9% also did a formal background check; but 20.4% simply took the nanny's word for it.) At 61.1%, most of us are comfortable without a contract, and only 1.9% of us have nanny cams.

Overall, things seem to be working out pretty well because 90.7% of us feel that we have an open and honest relationship with our nannies.

--Survey results are based on a poll of StrollerTraffic Boston readers conducted in May, 2013.