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The Nanny Poll Results

What Los Angeles parents expect and pay in 2013

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Nanny. That's what 73.6% of us call the woman who helps us take care of our children. Our nanny, to be more precise (say 67.8%). And while 56.3% of us who have nannies are working in an office full- or part-time, 25.3% of us are working from home, and 18.4% of us are not working.

A nanny's work week varies: most (36.8%) work 25-40 hours, but 29.9% work less than 25 and 27.6% work more than 40. Still, all of them are busy. Beyond the childcare, 80.4% of us require our nannies to do the kids' laundry and 75.9% require them to cook their meals. But for some, the job does not stop there: 34.5% require the parents' laundry washed; 33.3% require light dusting; 25.3 require vacuuming; 20.7% require the parents' bed made; 20.7% require floor washing;14.9% require grocery shopping for the kids; and 12.6% require hardcore cleaning (as in bathrooms). A small percent of us have even more needs met—11.5% have our own meals cooked; 6.9% have our grocery shopping done; and 1.1% have our dry cleaning dropped off.

While 2.3% of us never bathe our kids during the week (and 48.3% of us always bathe our kids), the majority of us (49.4%) bathe our kids some, if not most, of the time. The story with serving dinner is pretty much the same.

And what are we willing to pay for all of this? Well, it varies. The majority (74.7%) pay by the hour. And the going rate is $15-15 (34.5%)—though 14.9% pay $10-12 and another 14.9% pay $16-18. On the high end, 10.3% pay $19 an hour or more.

And the perks? Well, 57.5% offer paid vacation days; 46% offer paid bank holidays; 44.8% pay for sick days; and 18.4% pay for personal days. Only 14.9% do not offer any paid days off at all. About a quarter of us (28.7%) give an annual raise, but nearly all of us (93%) give a cash bonus during the holidays. Generally (73.5% of the time), that bonus is equal to one week's pay or less.

We are largely territorial over the traditional "mom" duties. Even though 83.9% of our nannies have their driver's licenses, only 47.1% of us let them drive our children. Furthermore, only 16.1% of us are comfortable having our sitters take the kids to the doctor; 13.8% to birthday parties; 8% shopping for clothes or shoes; and 6.9% for haircuts.

Finally, let's talk about trust. The majority of us (65.5%) found our nannies through word-of-mouth. And 55.2% of us called at least one reference. (24.1% also did a formal background check; but 20.7% simply took the nanny's word for it.) At 80.5%, most of us are comfortable without a contract, and only 14.9% of us have nanny cams.

Overall, things seem to be working out pretty well because 92% of us feel that we have an open and honest relationship with our nannies.

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