Rather than opting for the somewhat impersonal care that group daycare provides, many parents choose to employ nannies or au pairs to meet their families’ child care needs. In North Carolina, nannies and au pairs are but a small portion of the 14,170 workers employed in the child care industry as of May 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, although their job responsibilities and employment situation are distinctive enough to make them a definable sub-sector of the industry.
Nannies receive payment differently depending on the living situation required by their employer. Those who live with their employer’s family--or in housing provided by their employer--are known as live-in nannies. Those who live outside of their employer’s home in accommodations they provide for themselves are known as live-out nannies. Because room and board is provided to live-in nannies, they tend to earn lower wages. In North Carolina, full-time live-in nannies earn an average salary of $567 per week and work 55 hours a week as of 2009, according to the International Nanny Association. Full-time live-out nannies earn average hourly wages of $14.09.
Comparison to All North Carolina Child Care Workers
Nannies are much better compensated than other child care workers and in-home care aides in North Carolina. Day care workers in North Carolina earn median wages of $9.04 per hour as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. Home care aides in the state earn roughly the same salary as day care workers, averaging $9.20 per hour. Live-in nannies in North Carolina average wages of $10.31 per hour, about 114 percent of state average for child care, without including room and board considerations. Live-out nannies’ wage is 156 percent that of average for North Carolina day care workers.
Comparison to National Nanny Wages
Nationwide, nannies earn average hourly wages between $9.91 and $14.79 as of December 2010, according to PayScale, a job compensation database. This includes live-in and live-out positions. Midpoint for those wages, $12.35, which is 88 percent of the hourly earnings of live-out Nannies in North Carolina. Live-in nanny wages in North Carolina are 83 percent of the national average for wages for both live-in and live-out positions.
Comparison to Nationwide Weekly Earnings
In North Carolina, live-out nannies who work 40 hours a week earn $563.60 each week. Of all nannies nationwide, 20.83 percent reported earning $500 or less each week, according to the International Nanny Association. An additional 16.35 percent reported earning between $600 and $700 each week. These figures represent part-time positions as well as a mixture of live-in and live-out positions.