2021 Nanny Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are over 1.1 million nannies employed nationwide. There is a median job growth rate of 4% expected in 2021. This works out to 44,000 new jobs available this year alone. Between 2021 and 2029 the average new jobs expected per year reach over 160,000.


While the national average median pay for the childcare workforce falls in at $11.65 per hour, here in Seattle, at large nanny placement agencies, the pay is much higher.

Here is the current pay scale for A Nanny For U:

  • Permanent Nanny – $18-25 per hour
  • Temporary Nanny – $10-18 per hour (4-hour shift minimum)
  • Newborn Care Specialist – $20-35 per hour
  • Household Manager – $3500-5000 per month
  • Part-Time Household Manager – $18-25 per hour
  • Housekeeper – $25-30 per hour (4-hour shift minimum)

**Salaries are negotiated based on a candidate’s experience and range of job description.

Work Place

Nannies work inside of the child’s home. Nannies make up about 20% of the entire childcare workforce. Nannies can work both full-time and part-time. Full-time, long-term, nannies may work more than 40 hours per week. This is dependant on the family’s needs and the contract terms negotiated.

Nannies may also work events such as weddings, business-related, or any large professional gathering looking for event care.

General Job Duties

The job description for professional nannies may change depending on the specific position. The average duties include focusing on child safety, creating learning and developmental activities, intellectual involvement with the child, adhering to the house rules, and possible household management.

Aside from general duties, nannies can specialize in different aspects of the field. These include roles such as home educator, newborn specialist, or household manager.


Benefits for nannies vary depending on role and contract. Most full-time, long-term nannies will receive standard benefits such as guaranteed pay, paid vacations, sick pay, and holidays. Additionally, some of the families the nanny is contracted with may add their own additional benefits.


Becoming a nanny requires some basic and advanced qualifications. Aside from a professional mindest, nannies will require some actual childcare experience. This can be in the form of employment history or even by having provided care for their own children. Each agency will have its own guidelines.

Certifications in first aid and CPR are often required. Passing background checks, which include references, criminal, and driving histories. Lastly, any certifications or qualifications that allow them to specialize in certain roles inside of the industry.

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