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How Much Should I Pay for an Overnight Nanny?

By Leyla Norman ; Updated April 18, 2017
Nanny with young child

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.

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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. 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.

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About the Author

Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.

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