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Are You Paying Your Nanny Enough? (Nanny Survey Results Are Out!)

November 2, 2011

Are you paying your nanny enough? According to the 2011 Park Slope Parents Nanny Survey that came out today, “nannies (in Brooklyn) are earning an average of $14.89- twice the NY minimum wage of $7.25- and are receiving an average of 11 paid days off a year”.

Their findings also noted that despite the higher than minimum wage,  “the overwhelming majority of Nannies who work over 40 hours a week are not receiving overtime pay for their work and only 15 percent are paid completely on the books.”

The Park Slope Parents report is based on a survey of over 1,000 Brooklyn Employers of Nannies.  (BTW, if  you are looking for a nanny, check out our post on “How to Find a Nanny in Brooklyn”.)

Here is a roundup of what they found with their 2011 survey:

In an email today, they reported more of their results.

The Park Slope Parents survey reports other findings that show the Nanny employment situation can be generous:

On top of the 11 days paid time off, more than 8 in 10 also pay their Nannies for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
4 in 10 employers pay for a Nanny’s Metrocard, which costs the employer over $1500 a year
However, there are also aspects of the Nanny/employer situation where employers fall short :
Only 4 in 10 employers have a written agreement with their Nannies
Since less than one-quarter are paid any of their income on the books, Nannies receive no Social Security benefits from their work situation
1/2 of all Nannies work over 50 hours a week, but only one in four of these Nannies is paid overtime above the 40 hours a week.
Recent legislation such as the Wage Theft Protection Act (WPA) and the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights (DWBR) are trying to mediate against unfair labor practices. The WPA requires employers to document, among other things, pay rates and designated pay days. The DWBR requires that employers pay one and a half the hourly wage for work above 40 hours, 3 paid days off after one year of employment as well as other workplace protection.

The report, “The Park Slope Parents Nanny Compensation Survey 2011,” is currently available here.