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One Final Answer from the "Ask the Nanny Expert" Column

Posted By Melissa McKenzie, Thursday, March 8, 2018

In regards to pay - How do you suggest pay be altered for a live in nanny vs. a live out nanny. Also, any suggestions regarding pay for an overnight nanny when one goes out of town for a night or two? I know there have been a lot of questions about payment already but not sure that this one has been covered. Thanks!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Dear Member,

Thank you for your question! Compensation for a live-in vs. a live-out nanny can be offset based on the value of room and board. Since Stanford Park Nannies focuses solely on live out placements, I don’t think I am necessarily qualified to provide specific ranges, but I have included some information and a link for you to read further from those who specialize in these sorts of situations. Additionally, there are specific laws that govern the way you calculate a live-in nanny’s compensation, so I would recommend first becoming familiar with these laws.

Homework Solutions, a national household payroll service, provides this information:

A domestic service worker who resides with the employer, such as a live-in nanny, must be paid at an agreed hourly rate, and is entitled to overtime calculated at 1.5 times the hourly rate for hours worked over 9 in a single day or more than 45 in a defined 7 day work week. Live-in domestic service workers must have at least 12 consecutive hours free of duty during each 24-hour workday. A live-in domestic service worker in CA who is required or permitted to work during off duty hours must be compensated at 1 1/2 times their regular hourly rate (i.e. overtime rate). Live-in domestic service workers who works more than 5 consecutive days per week has additional overtime and double-time pay protections as defined in Wage Order 15.

More on the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights for California employers here:

Regarding a live-out nanny who works overnight, there are a few factors to consider while calculating pay. Consider the following:

  • Your child(ren) sleep through the night

  • The nanny’s usual hourly rate

  • The nanny is your regular employee, vs. someone you are hiring for this occasion

We consider these factors when we place overnight temporary nannies. For further information about how to calculate compensation, see link below…

Come and go or live-out domestic service workers are entitled to overtime pay for hours over 8 in a workday or hours over 40 in a defined 7 day workweek, and double time (2x the hourly rate of pay) for hours over 12 in a workday. Additional overtime and double time pay protections are provided to domestic service workers who work 7 days per week.

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