nanny pay rates

What are the nanny pay rates you can expect in 2023? How can your offer stand out amongst the competition?

We took you through some basics of legal minimum wages in a previous blog post, and those figures are still current for the first half of 2023. They tell you what you legally to pay your nanny employee. But if you’re thinking about hiring a nanny then what you u really need to know is how much you should actually be paying them. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of families seeking nannies lately – who wouldn’t want to hire someone to provide flexible and personalised care to fit their family?! 

With the nation-wide labour shortage affecting the availability of nannies it is more important than ever for parents to offer an hourly wage that will be attractive to the type of nanny they are seeking. Nanny pay rates in Australia vary based on many factors and, especially in major cities, they are currently influenced heavily by the local demand for nannies and industry expectations.

A recap of minimum nanny pay rates

For Permanent Full-Time or Part-Time nanny employees, who receive paid time off, the current minimum base nanny pay rate is $22.77 per hour for ordinary work hours.⁠ The minimum base wage for a Casually Employed nanny in Australia is $28.46 per hour.⁠ Nannies may also be entitled to higher wages if they work outside of these hours or overtime. The Pay Guide (which you can download here) specifies the higher rates you need to pay your nanny for evenings, weekends, public holidays, and hours over 38 per week.

But do you want to know the real world figures of typical nanny pay rates for 2023 in Australia?

(The ranges below are based on our knowledge of the Australian nanny industry and are just a guide.)

Sydney & Melbourne
Nanny pay rates in Australia’s largest nanny markets are typically the highest (which makes sense, considering the cost of living and the populations). For a nanny with up to a few years of experience and very little responsibility outside of caring for children, you can expect to pay a base rate of $25-35 per hour (depending on whether your nanny is a Casual Employee or Permanent Employee). For a more experienced nanny and/or someone taking on additional tasks for your home/family, you can expect to pay a base rate of $28-40+ per hour (depending on your nanny’s employment type).

Brisbane/Gold Coast and Perth
These areas are secondary nanny markets in Australia, and average nanny pay rates here are a little lower. For a new nanny with a small number of responsibilities you can expect to pay a base rate of around $24-30+ per hour (for a Casual or Permanent nanny employee) whereas for an experienced nanny or one with higher level of responsibilities you can expect to pay between $26-40 per hour.

Smaller cities and regional areas
With a much smaller nanny market in other places, nanny pay rates vary a lot depending on the people involved. For a nanny just starting out you can expect to pay between $23-30 per hour and for more experienced nannies or larger roles, you can expect to pay a base rate of $25-40 per hour (again depending on your nanny’s employment type).

*Variations
With all the nanny pay rate suggestions above, there will be roles and nannies who fall outside of these ranges. As long as they are getting at least minimum wage, and that the family sees the value of their services in the rate they are paying, it’s all good – each nanny/family relationship is unique and flexible.

What is right for your family and your nanny?

Hiring a nanny is not in every family’s budget and is not right for everyone, but there is a wide range in nanny pay rates heading into 2023, so it can be workable for a lot of parents.

It’s important to consider your budget but also the value that a nanny will bring to your life. Someone caring for your children in the home is someone you want to show your appreciation to – both by treating them well and paying them appropriately!

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