How Much Should I Pay for an Overnight Nanny?

Overnight nannies can provide parents with much-needed relief, such as the opportunity to go on vacation or help with a newborn. Their salaries can vary significantly, depending on the number of children, nanny experience level, location – i.e., rural versus urban, region of the country – and education level.

Nanny Salary Survey

The International Nanny Association published its report on the salary and benefits of nannies across the United States and found that 18 percent of respondents earned $125 per night for overnight stays. This was in addition to their regular day-time hourly pay. Five percent said they earned an additional $50 and six percent said they earned $75 in additional compensation. In general, an overnight stay starts from the time the children go to bed to the time the parents return home, or the day-time nanny starts her regular duties. The Monicare nanny placement agency in the Chicago area specifies that it considers overnight stays to be between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.


Many nannies will charge half of the waking-hour rate when doing overnight stays. For example, if the nanny charges $14 per hour for daylight hour work, she charges $7 during the children’s sleeping hours. Other nannies may charge a flat rate for overnight work. Nanny placement agencies also charge a wide range for overnight nannies 2. For example, the overnight nanny salary through the Monicare nanny agency is between $90 and $150 per night, depending on the number of children and the nanny’s experience level 2.