In an ideal world, the family for whom you work will notice your accomplishments and time spent with them and will provide you with a raise at the start of each new year. Generally, our clients offer 2-5% raises on top of the annual cost of living as evidenced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

However, there are always going to be some cases where families overlook this and either forget to offer their nanny a raise or they choose not to. In those situations, here is how a nanny can ask for a raise:

  1. Research the typical salary for your position in the location in which you work. has an excellent tool for this which can be found here:
  2. Make a list of your accomplishments
  3. Share your goals and ask for feedback.
  4. Focus on why you deserve the raise (rather than why you need it)
  5. Practice your pitch and anticipate questions
  6. Be prepared to hear no

The topic of money can be a “sticky situation” between nannies and families – particularly since nannying is not an ordinary work situation. After all, nannies are caring for the family’s most prized possessions: their children. That’s why it’s often a good idea to spell out expectations for annual salary increases in as clear a manner as possible within your nanny/family work agreement (otherwise known as a nanny contract).