WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN SIX FIGURES AS A NANNY?

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For some this is dream come true. This nanny is earning six figures and she is sharing story the way it is. Check out what it takes

What is considered to be a nanny perk? Is it that hug and “I love you” from your charge, or how sometimes you can read and relax at nap time?

For me perks include free coffee, leftover Halloween candy, love and appreciation from my employers, and if it happens, gift under Christmas tree.

However there is this world where apparently being a nanny means you earn six figures, you go on crazy trips and enjoy life like you are a celebrity. World everyone talks about and dreams about.

How does it sound to have 20K bonus every six months? Weeks or months of nannying in Paris, or having personal chef cooking for you while you work? Not bad, I would say. Every time I get tiny bit upset with my employers, or when I need to save to buy something little nicer, I think to myself how I deserve more. I can work for someone wealthy and have a high life.
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Except it’s not a high life. That seems to be something we often overlook. Those childcare providers sharing their stories and rubbing it in our noses don’t share the whole story, just the part that will make us envious.

Recently DailyMail posted an article about pampered lives of nannies working for wealthy families. Everything they wrote seems like a dream. Trips, pay rate, perks, adventures and you might read it, cry and google what it takes to be one of those nannies. It seems glamorous and fun, and here you are working for less than 13$ per hour. Truth is, anyone who ever worked as a nanny, au pair or even a babysitter knows what a nanny life is. We joke, make memes, laugh it off, but we work hard. We love kids and we love our jobs, but it is hard. That’s why when someone mocks us or share wrong information we feel insulted.

I love honesty. I love facts. When I ask a question, I expect elaborate answer, and that’s why reading that article from DailyMail was insulting. Those childcare providers are not doing us any favors by sharing how amazing it is to live that kind of life.

We need to tell others and to each other what it takes to be “one of them”. We need to be aware that everything has good and bad side and it’s our duty to educate others and ourselves.

As a response to DailyMail’s article, I will share something different. Truth.

You Want to Earn 6 figures as a nanny? It takes a lot to be in that point. Read what one of "those" nannies has to say about what it really takes

What is it really like to work for someone who is willing to pay 6 figures for a nanny

 

 

Do you have what it takes to earn 200K as a childcare provider? Check here what you need to be hired by celebritiesMy name is Shannon Albrecht and I am a Specialty Career Super Nanny….but you are all welcomed to call me “Nano”.

I’ve worked as a High Profile Nanny for 21 years. I’ve worked for the average family, for high profile families, and for celebrities. Some that stand out are business billionaires in Northern California, Country Music Stars in Nashville, TN, & Sport Stars and Rock Stars Nationwide.

Even though I make a six figure income now, I did not always make this income. I had to work very hard to get here. This is one of my pet peeves in regards to younger Nannies who almost expect to get this pay with their minimal backgrounds and short term experience. I’ve worked very hard for this pay. I personally believe that I am paid highly for several reasons: not only have I been a full time Nanny for over 20 years, I also have a background as a Child Swim Instructor, an ABA Therapist for Autistic Children, I’m a Child Behavioral Specialist, a Preschool Teacher, a House Manager, a Personal Assistant, I have a Pilot’s License, two Black Belts, and I worked as a Professional Clown in a working Circus! So I wear many hats in a home.

I never have set hours– I work 24/7 if needed–and I have very, very little demands. The past three years alone, I worked every single Holiday, including Christmas Day. I always have a “to go” bag packed for on-the-go demands. This is a carry-on size suitcase that houses two weeks worth of belongings. So when a client calls me at 3am to tell me we are getting on a private jet by 6am, I am immediately already ready to go. I work and travel in any city or country around the world. I recently worked in Canada, California, and Russia for the same family that owned three homes in all three countries.

To earn a six figure income as a Nanny you cannot expect to have time off, you don’t always get a lunch break, you often don’t even sleep 7 nights a week….you most definitely don’t get many holidays off, you can absolutely expect to work overtime (I average 100 hours a week), and you can kiss your social life goodbye. There have been weeks that I didn’t even shower due to pure exhaustion.

What is required from me is EVERYTHING.

Everything safe and legal that is, but pretty much everything. As stated above, I wear many hats in a home so if I need to cook, I cook. If I’m needed to wash the dog, I wash the dog. If they want me to garden, I garden. Another frustration I have amongst other Nannies (ones that expect this pay that is) is they get bent out of shape if they are ever asked to do ANYthing beyond watching the children. I’ll read message boards that say things like “The nerve! They asked me to do LAUNDRY today! Can you believe that!?! I’m not the Housekeeper lady, I’m the Nanny!” This statement will be from a Nanny who is simultaneously looking for a position that pays $150k/year.

For $150k/year you better be prepared to not only do their laundry honey, but also their dry cleaning, ironing, folding, steaming, putting laundry away, and acting as their packer and personal stylist. Don’t have time to do it in the day because you work 60-70 waking hours? Then you skip two nights a week of sleep and do it through the night. Period. I do not have limits on what I offer a family when I work for ones of this caliber.

If I was looking for an average 9-5 Nanny position, then yes, I would have limitations. But I would also be paid $16/hour for my 45 hour work week and I would know what people mean when they post “TGIF” on Facebook….ironically always on Fridays for some reason…hmmmmm?

Another way I keep my clients satisfied is I’m always one step ahead of them. Since I often also act as a Personal Assistant, I am continuing to help parents with their schedules, reminders of appointment, and keeping them on top of their day. If I’m not acting as their Personal Assistant or The Family Assistant (a term given to a Nanny who is also a PA for the whole family, including the children), I’m often the House or Estate Manager making sure the home is operating smoothly and the people that come and go are readily taken care of.

As stated a few times above, I have many pet peeves when it comes to younger Nannies. I’m in the process of opening my own Nanny Agency and in doing so I’m screening hundreds of Nannies. At least 70% of them THINK they are far more qualified than they are. Therefore I’m trying to spread the word and help educate all Nannies on how to obtain these high end positions and what it really takes to hold a six figure position down.

First off, do not count any “Nanny work” when you were under 18 years old. You were not a full time Nanny at 14. Therefore, if you are 20 years old, stop advertising that you have “10 years of Nanny experience”. Secondly, homes that are looking for a Professional Nanny or a Career Nanny that are willing to pay a six figure income (I personally have made $200k/year and have seen high end Nanny positions that pay $300k), are not looking to put you on an hourly schedule. They will likely need you around the clock, whenever they please and often on call when you are supposedly “off”. You are not allowed to have any demands (like wanting a lunch break, or overtime, or paid time off, or weekends off, etc), if you are applying for these type of positions, so don’t even ask.

Also if you plan to apply for a mega Nanny job, you should have more experience under your belt beyond three years of Nannying and two Summers as a Camp Counselor. These families want a Nanny with 10-20 years of full time Nanny work, likely a college degree or Masters Degree, high profile experience, work with fully staffed homes, that you speak multiple languages, Teaching experience, traveling experience, certified in multiple things like CPR/First Aid, and much, much more. If you are even thinking of applying to a job that pays $100k/year you should likely have at least 90% of the above under your belt.

Lastly, if you have babysitting experience, do not add that to your Nanny experience. Babysitters are great! They are very valuable to families and being a babysitter is something to add to your resume and to most definitely acknowledge, but babysitter work is FAR from Nanny work. So again, if you started Babysitting at 13 years old, and you are now 20, you do NOT have “7 years of Nanny experience”.

In summary, being a Career Nanny is hard….VERY hard. It’s tiring, it’s exhausting, it can be sad and frustrating and stressful; it is lonely and demanding and can push you to limits you didn’t know you had…..but it is also THE best job in the world! I will never be out of a job! There will always be the need for a Nanny. I get to change and mold the minds of our future generations. I get to meet and interact with celebrities and high profile families. I get to travel the world and meet new people every day. And because I’ve worked so hard for 20 years, I will easily retire before I see 50 years old.

 

It takes a very unique person to do what I do.

You must have confidence, patience, an easy going personality;

you must be patient, understanding, and have very little needs/demands;

you must have a tough skin and not take things personally;

you must be able to separate your emotions with your work and remain professional at all times while still loving the children you’re caring for as though they were your own;

and lastly you must have an unconditional and undying love for children…not just the cute and best behaved ones, but ALL children: the good & the bad!

If there is a Nanny out there reading this that believes they too have all of these qualities, I challenge them to truly find out if they do. If you have the experience and background warranted for these high end positions and you can last several years in them, then you too are a Super Nanny! There are few of us, but we do exist!

 

Nano

The Herbert Alfred Agnecy owned by nanny that earns 6 figures as childcare provider. Learn here what it takes

Website for Nano’s agency is still not active, but as soon as it becomes, we will share it with you.

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Shannon "Nano" Albrecht
    November 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful article Funny Nanny! I was thrilled to share my thoughts with the world. I hope these words speak volumes to other Nannies everywhere!

    Nano

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    Annemarie
    November 11, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Absolutely loved this article Shannon! Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience and home truths. Would love to have a chat sometime if you ever make it down under, although by the sounds of it I am sure you have been here multiple times.

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    Tamara
    November 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you for this article! I have been a nanny for 10 years, and it is a tough but wonderful job. There is a big difference between an experienced professional nanny and a young woman doing nanny work for a bit before she decides what her career will be. Much of our work is invisible, but we do have a great impact on the future.

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    Elijah
    November 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    “Everything safe and legal that is, but pretty much everything.”

    “You are not allowed to have any demands (like wanting a lunch break, or overtime, or paid time off, or weekends off, etc), if you are applying for these type of positions, so don’t even ask.”

    Actually, that is not safe or legal. Trading boundaries for money is bad business practice, stop chastising “younger nannies” for having boundaries you don’t have. There are plenty of nannies who work for high profile families who work legally and have good boundaries. Neither of which you have. You should not be starting your own nanny agency when you don’t even understand basic employment law.

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      Funny Nanny
      November 11, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      I don’t think she wants to promote that behavior as ok and legal, but more to show others how it’s not life what they imagine to be, Elijah. Being a nanny and working for 15$ per hour you will be taken advantage of in so many ways, not to mention working for someone paying so much more.

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        Elijah
        November 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

        I disagree. She makes it very clear in her statements that nannies should not expect breaks, PTO, or overtime. She goes so far as to describe those as demands instead of basic expectations and boundaries. 2 out of 3 of those are actually illegal to deny an employee, yet she explicitly says you should not expect that as a basic right of employment. This is very, very poor advice, and not representative of many high profile employers. To suggest nannies ignore very basic employment law and let go of their boundaries and life is very poor advice.

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          Emma
          March 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

          Salaried employees rarely get PTO or overtime.

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    Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife
    November 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    This is actually a very well written, spot on article – not just about how to make six figures as a nanny, but many overarching themes cross over into how to make six figures in any career. Those who get ahead are the ones who work hard, do the dirty work, and put in the hours without whining or entitlement. Thanks for sharing!

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    Shelly
    November 12, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This is such a great article.

    I used to have two babysitting jobs when I was in high school, but they were really more like nanny jobs. I had set hours and days I would work. I not only took care of the kids but made meals, helped with homework, cleaned the house and other things that needed to be done. On holidays and weekends when the parents wanted to get away I would work more days, usually at the last minute.

    But I loved the job and it helped me learn to be flexible and accommodating when working other jobs. Plus I was always in demand from others who were referred to me by the two families I worked for.

    I believe it is those who work at honing their craft, putting in the extra effort no matter what job it is that succeed. If you whine or feel entitled you’re likely not to get ahead no matter what job it is.

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    Erin
    November 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Wow, never would have thought a nanny could make that much (no offense intended since I know from personal experience how tiring and hard nanny life can be!). Great article.

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    Ali
    November 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

    It’s interesting to get both perspectives here. Someone highly trained should get more. It makes me sad though to think of all the childcare providers who are earning $20,000 a year who are also devoting so much of themselves and working so hard.

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    Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}
    November 12, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I nannied in the Hamptons for a Summer and certainly had a glimpse into this. I will say, that salary certainly comes with perks and burdens.

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    Christy Bell
    November 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Nano is awesome! She set the bar for all our other nannies after her. She was always upbeat and organized and made our life much more manageable. She even offered to mow the grass weekly if that would help us. We feel fortunate to have had nano in our life and had her help us as an average family before she became recognized as the Super Nanny she is!

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    Fi
    November 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I totally agree! This is not your average profession and if I am getting paid in the six figures I expect to give my “life.”

  • Reply
    Clair
    November 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    So glad you posted this article, so accurate and well written . Keep me posted on your upcoming agency, thanks! Clair

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    Belle
    April 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Nice article but Nano is a bit naive or should I say biased to think that the issue of wanting high pay with little to no experience and solid qualifications/credentials is synonymous with younger nannies. I actually think this trend is equally prevalent among older care-givers. That is, those who think they can claim to have 20 or more years of nannying experience simply because of their age. For example, a 45 year old mother who claims to have 20 years nanny experience because that’s the number of years she raised her children till they left home. OR the school teacher who states her nanny experience as 15 years because she’s been a teacher for 15 years. Or a career changer or first time nanny who decides to claim that she has 10 years experience as a nanny so she can look more desirable than “younger and supposedly less matured” nannies with actual experience. The examples go and on. While being a mother, teacher, etc. can be added bonus for being a nanny, it’s not the same as having nanny experience. The same way being a nanny doesn’t mean you have teaching experience or mothering experience. Some responsibilities such as overseeing the general well-being of children are similar but they are significantly on a grander scale. So my dear Nano, while you are busy pointing out younger nannies who exaggerate their credentials, be careful of older nannies who are doing the same if not worse. While it’s easier to believe that a 40 year old has 20 years nanny experience than it is to believe that a 25 year old has 10 years nanny experience (many use nanny and babysitter interchangeable), it’s important to be on the lookout for individuals who use friends/family/colleagues as previous employers just to boost their resumes, among other things.

    That aside, I agree with Nano’s input about some nannies wanting to have it all without giving it all. They want 6 figure salaries without doling out 6 figure services. OR they want to rub shoulder’s with the families top circle friends forgetting they are paid professionals not family friends. Yes, there are families that permit such for example my current family, however that is not and should not be the aim. No employer wants to deal with a star struck, money hungry or fame chasing employee because you might sell them out to the press if given the opportunity. Additionally, there are lots of high profile jobs where nannies live luxuriously and don’t have to do a lot or too much since there is literally someone for everything (that is my current position), it is however uncommon to find such privilege. In my previous position, I worked 75 hours a week on a “calm/relaxed” week and up to 100 hours/week on a busy week. The latter was much more common. In reality, the higher the pay, the higher the demands but it all evens out because no matter how demanding those jobs are, there is plenty to show for it. It all depends on how you wish to put it or view it.

    All in all, I am 26 and command an out of the world salary and while I don’t have decades of experience as a nanny, my credentials and passion speaks volumes. So if you believe you have what it takes even in the absence of lengthy experience, then go for it because ultimately, many families in my experience pay for what you can offer them and how you present yourself. Experience matters but there are times when passion/presentation trumps experience though having both is simply the best. If you think there is any achievement, interest, hobbies, skills, etc. that will make you appealing, then find a way to tailor it into the position you are looking for without sounding arrogant, beating around the bush or blowing hot air. Much love, peace and luck to everyone!

    -Belle, A Super Nanny-

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    kikkas8
    September 9, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I am a nanny in London for over 17 years , I was a young mother myself once ( a daughter of 28 now ) .
    This is so true. I dedicated almost all my life to this job because I truly love children and as you said above , any child! And if you truly love children like we do, patience is something that comes naturally, you won’t notice that you are patient , it’s like with your own child. You might need patience with the parents occasionally ,but yes , you must be a very humble person and be prepared to complete any task.
    I never been a party person and I have very small needs. I don’t drink alcohol ( ever! ) , never smoked and my best day off is be able to go to the cinema two hours.
    I still love this job , but I realised this is not a job you can do forever and we have all got our expiry date.
    I found a Prince Charming doing this job and now I am lucky enough to spend time with all my ex – charges and doing it for fun , free of charge for my ex employers !
    I could never see myself not surrounded by children , I always wanted to be a mother of four , I have been blessed at least to be a mother of one.

    Kikka – The London Nanny

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    bobby
    October 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

    hi Shanon, do I stand a chance, I am already 50 years old, though very well presented and of black african origin. please advise

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