Hiring Guide: Nanny Rates in South Florida

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We’ve previously discussed Nanny Job Duties and Responsibilities. In this article, we will cover how much a nanny costs, typical nanny pay rates, and nanny compensation in South Florida.

Let’s start with the basics.

Depending on the area you live, the nanny pay rate and typical expectations can change. The area we call South Florida includes Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. This includes cities like Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Miami. There may be some fluctuation between these counties and cities. Our placement team can help guide you further on your area’s specifics. In the next section, we’ll go over nanny salaries and compensation in South Florida.

Nanny Pay Rates in South Florida

You may ask yourself, “how much does a nanny cost?” Competitive pay rates are based on a combination of a Nanny’s verified childcare experience as well as the family’s job requirements. In South Florida, we currently see single-child families offering rates ~$25-35 per hour for Nannies with more than 5 years of recent, non-family-member, long-term, private duty Nanny experience.

That salary range is a sliding scale based on the city and the job itself. Some families have more/less children, have special needs requirements, or require cooking, housekeeping, errands, etc. Or, the family may require the Nanny to have higher education, work nights/weekends, have emergency availability, work flexible or extended hours, perform light housekeeping, be able to drive, provide household management. Each factor affects the rate of pay.

Families that offer more competitive salaries tend to attract more motivated and qualified Nannies. Families that offer less than $25 per hour may attract good candidates but they may not have the same level of experience, and/or education.

And, if you’re not sure what pay range would be competitive based on your needs, call Kensington for advice.

Pay consistency is also VERY important.

Virtually all Nannies count on consistent earnings each week. Compensation goes beyond the simple notion of how much a nanny costs. If possible, offering a consistent weekly salary will help to attract more candidates. You may think if you go out of town you don’t need to pay your nanny. However, this can lead to poor retention and high turnover. Nannies are people too and thus have their own bills and expenses which they depend on their jobs to cover (especially full time jobs.) Read more about how to keep your nanny long-term.

Take a Holistic Approach to Nanny Hiring

Lastly, attracting qualified candidates depends not just on the salary, but on the full-picture of the job you’re creating. For example, your job may have a competitive rate of $30/hr for one child, age 3-year-old. However, the paid hours are 5am-7am and 6pm-8pm, Monday-Sunday. That means you’re going to have a difficult time finding candidates. It’s important to consider all of the following factors when trying to attract great nannies:

  • Work Schedule and availability
  • Job Duties, will you require duties beyond childcare, like family meal prep, grocery shopping, or housekeeping?
  • Number of children and their ages
  • Child’s activities or school schedule
  • Compensation Package: salary, PTO, bonuses, holidays, sick days, etc.
  • Specialized skill requirements such as special needs, tutoring, twins or triplets.

If you’d like to start your search to find your perfect nanny, complete the family application.


This hiring guide for nanny rates in South Florida emphasizes the importance of considering various factors beyond salary when attracting qualified candidates. How much a nanny costs in the region, including Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, exhibits a pay range of $25-$35+ per hour for nannies with over 5 years of experience caring for one child. The sliding scale of this range is influenced by factors such as the number of children, special needs, additional responsibilities, higher education, flexible hours, and more. Families offering competitive salaries tend to attract motivated and qualified nannies. 

Additionally, pay consistency is highlighted as crucial for long-term retention. Emphasizing the importance of recognizing nannies as individuals with financial obligations can’t be missed. Finally, to create an attractive job context, it’s recommended to consider aspects like work schedule, job duties, the number and ages of children, compensation packages, and any specialized skill requirements. At Kensington, we offer expert guidance and complimentary hiring tools and resources to help you hire the best nanny for your family.

Key Takeaways

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