How to Ask for a Raise in Your Nanny Job

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Asking for a raise is a difficult thing for many nannies to do. It’s hard to talk about money in a job where personal and professional boundaries so often cross each other. However, it’s also important that nannies be proactive in asking to be paid what they feel is a fair wage that accurately reflects the important work they do.  Here are some tips on how to successfully have a conversation regarding a raise with your employers.

Know what other nannies in your area are receiving. Before you can ask for a raise, you have to know how much to ask for. The best way to figure that out is to talk with other nannies who have similar backgrounds and are in similar jobs to find out how much of a raise they received. Although many people won’t feel comfortable sharing an exact amount, most are willing to give you a range that reflects the area standard. Another good resource is your local nanny placement agency. If you were placed by a local agency, give them a call and ask how much they feel is appropriate given your background and the job you’re employed in. Talk to as many people as you can and, once you’ve gathered all the information, come up with a range. Of course, the exact amount you’ll ask for depends on your individual situation.

Be ready to explain how you’ve earned a raise. Most nannies don’t receive a raise for simply being on the job. They receive a raise because they’ve done an exceptional job. Before you sit down and ask for a raise, make a detailed list of all the things you’ve done throughout the year that have helped the family and the child you care for. Outline how you’ve contributed to your charge’s well-being and development. Detail the ways you’ve supported the parents and kept the household running smoothly. Be ready to give specific examples of ways that you’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty. This exercise will make you more confident about going into this difficult conversation and will provide support to your request. It’s a good idea to pull your thoughts together on paper and create a raise proposal. Give a copy of your proposal to your employers as you talk to them so they can follow along during the conversation and see exactly what you’ve done and how valuable you are to their family. Having things written down will also help you present your case in a clear, concise way.

Allow room for negotiation. Don’t be surprised if your employers don’t instantly say yes to your raise proposal. Just because they aren’t immediately onboard doesn’t mean they don’t value the work you do. Many families want to give their nanny a raise; it’s just a matter of finding an amount that both sides are comfortable with. Be willing to listen to their perspective on the situation, including any reservations they may have. They may offer a lower amount or the amount you’re asking for at a later date. Although it’s hard, try to keep an open mind throughout the negotiation process. Finding a solution together means both you and your employers will leave the conversation happy.

Remember that there’s always more than one solution to a challenge. Think outside the box and brainstorm with your employers to find common ground. That could mean an added benefit instead of the requested raise or it could mean that instead of receiving a large raise right now, you’ll get three smaller raises over the next year. Finding a middle ground could mean a combination of different things. The more creative you are, the more likely you are to get something you’re happy with.

Know your bottom line. If you feel you’re being underpaid for the work you do and that feeling is affecting your job satisfaction, receiving a raise can make or break the nanny/family relationship. If you’re in this position, it’s essential that you share your feelings with your employers. They need to know that their answer could be the deciding factor in your leaving or staying in the position. Of course, you don’t have to quit on the spot if you don’t get what you want, but you should go into the conversation knowing what you must get to be happy.

Asking for a raise can be difficult, but it’s a necessary part of staying happy with the hourly rate you’re earning on the job. By figuring out what the going rate is for your area, outlining the many reasons you deserve what you’re asking for and working to find an amount that works for both sides, chances are you’ll be happy you had the conversation.

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