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Au Pair Salaries

Understanding Your Au Pair Compensation

As an au pair, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of what to expect in terms of compensation. Your salary depends on various factors, including your experience, qualifications, weekly hours, and any additional benefits offered.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate au pair salaries:

Hourly Rates:

Your basic hourly rate can range from R60 to R140, depending on your experience and qualifications, as well as the number of hours you work each week.

Here’s a breakdown to consider:

  • If you’re new to au pairing and work 20 hours or more per week, you can expect around R60 – R70 per hour.
  • For those working 10 hours or less weekly, but aren’t new to au pairing, rates may be roughly R70 – R90 per hour.
  • Experienced or qualified au pairs can command rates of about R80 – R100 per hour.
  • Highly experienced or certified au pairs may earn R100 – R140 per hour.

Full-time Au Pair:

If you’re a full-time au pair working approximately 40 hours per week:

  • If you have your own car, you could expect a monthly salary ranging from R10,000 – R15,000.
  • Without your own car, the monthly salary range might be R6,000 – R8,000.

Live-in au pairs usually receive slightly lower salaries because they receive free accommodation in addition to their basic pay.

Occasional Babysitting:

When asked to babysit on occasion, you should be compensated at a rate similar to your regular hourly rate. Just ensure you receive fair notice to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Traveling Expenses:

For any travel you do using your own car during working hours, you should be reimbursed at approximately R4.00 to R5.00 per kilometre. Some families prefer to include a fixed amount in your salary to cover average driving expenses, simplifying the reimbursement process.

Have a look at our Petrol guide.

Special Benefits:

If your host family provides additional perks like accommodation (for live-in positions), access to their car, a phone, or meals, it’s essential to discuss these benefits when determining your overall compensation.

Payment Frequency:

Au pair salaries are typically paid either weekly or monthly, but you can discuss alternative arrangements with your host family based on mutual agreement.

Monthly Salary Guide:

Morning Salaries:

If you’re an au pair working:

  • 2 to 3 hours a day, your potential monthly salary range could be: R4000 – R5000.
  • 3 to 4 hours a day, you might expect a monthly salary range of: R5000 – R6200.
  • For 5 to 5.30 hours a day, your monthly salary could fall within the range of: R5500 – R6500.

Afternoon Salaries:

If you’re an au pair working:

  • 2 to 3 hours a day, your potential monthly salary range could be: R4000 – R5000.
  • 3 to 4 hours a day, you might expect a monthly salary range of: R5000 – R6200.
  • For 5 to 5.30 hours a day, your monthly salary could fall within the range of: R5500 – R6500.

Full-day Salaries:

If you work as an au pair:

  • For 7 to 8 hours a day, your monthly salary range could be: R8500 – R11,500.
  • If you work 10 or more hours a day, your monthly salary might be in the range of: R12,000 – R15,000.

Various factors influence your pay:

  • Your age as an au pair
  • Your level of childcare experience
  • Completion of relevant qualifications and courses (such as Online Au Pair Courses, First Aid or an Emergency Course, and Au Pair Training)
  • The number of hours you work each week, including babysitting (remember that babysitting should be compensated as overtime)
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Having a roadworthy vehicle with functioning seatbelts in the back and front seats
  • Your geographical location (additional compensation may be required for petrol costs)

Use this guide to help you negotiate a fair salary based on your qualifications, experience, and the specific job responsibilities you’ll be taking on as an au pair.

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