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The Nanny Poll Results

What New York parents expect and pay in 2013

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Nanny. That's what 82% of us call the woman who helps us take care of our children. Our nanny, to be more precise (say 65.6%). And while 71% of us who have nannies are working in an office full or part time, 12.3% of us are working from home, and 16.2% of us are not working.

The nanny work week is a long one (60.3% employ a caregiver for more than 40 hours). And a busy one. Beyond the childcare, 85.2% of us require our nannies to do the kids' laundry and 81.5% require them to cook their meals. But for some, the job does not stop there: 31.3% require light dusting; 27.4% require grocery shopping for the kids; 26.3 require vacuuming; 23.6% require the parents' laundry washed; 22.5% require the parents' bed made; 22.2% require floor washing; and 10% require hardcore cleaning (as in bathrooms). A small percent of us have even more needs met—10% have our grocery shopping done; 6.2% have our dry cleaning dropped off; and 5.9% have our own meals cooked.

While 21.3% of us never bathe our kids during the week (and 31.4% of us always bathe our kids), the majority of us (47.2%) bathe our kids some, if not most, of the time. Ditto for serving dinner.

And what are we willing to pay for all of this? Well, it varies. On the low end, 4.8% pay less than $450 a week. On the high end, 1.7% pay more than $1,000. Most pay a weekly rate of $701-$850 (21.3%) or $550-700 (19.4%). For those who pay hourly, the going rate is $13-15 (16.2%)—though almost as many families (14.2%) pay $16-18 per hour. At the low end, 3.4% pay $10-12 per hour, and at the high end, 2.9% pay $19 an hour or more.

And the perks? As a city, we're pretty generous: 85.2% offer paid vacation days; 75% offer paid bank holidays; 73% pay for sick days; 51.8% pay for snow days; and 51% pay for personal days. Only 7.5% do not offer any paid days off at all. About half of us (51%) give an annual raise, but nearly all of us (95.6%) give a cash bonus during the holidays. Generally, that bonus is equal to one week's salary (54.7%), though 25% give two weeks. Half of us (52.6%) pay for MetroCards, but very few (5.8%) pay for cell phones.

Speaking of cell phones, it's interesting to note that while most of us bitch about how often our caregivers are on their cellphones, 61% of us do not place any limits on personal calls during work hours.

On late nights, 65% percent of us pay for taxis. For 19.4%, the cutoff time is 8pm; 9pm for 29.2%; 10pm for 12.4%, and 11pm for 4%.

We are largely territorial over the traditional "mom" duties. Only 31.3% of us are comfortable having our sitters take the kids to the doctor; 24.3% to birthdays; 10.1% for haircuts, and 8.1% shopping for clothes and shoes.

Finally, let's talk about trust. The majority of us (69.2%) found our nannies through word-of-mouth. And 77.6% of us called at least one reference. (12.6% also did a formal background check; but 9.8% simply took the nanny's word for it.) At 70%, most of us are comfortable without a contract, and only 11% of us have nanny cams.

Overall, things seem to be working out pretty well because 88.8% of us feel that we have an open and honest relationship with our nannies.

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