1. Home
  2. Career Explorer
  3. Babysitter/Nanny
Content has loaded

What does a Babysitter/Nanny do?

A nanny takes care of children by giving attention to their social, physical, intellectual and emotional welfare in private households where they provide the children with expert childcare service and support the children's parents. The career of nannies could advance with their enrollment in courses to prepare them for roles as teachers or psychologists who work with children.


Is this useful?

Get career advice

Our career coaches can help you make a plan.

Schedule coaching

Working as a Babysitter/Nanny

  • Arranging and supervising the children's time to take naps for rest and going to bed for the night
  • Preparing baby bottles and handling all feeding equipment with care
  • Reinforcing the discipline most suitable for the children
  • Doing specific laundry for the children and ironing their clothes
  • Planning age-appropriate educational activities
Is this useful?

How much does a Babysitter/Nanny make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $21.12
Low $13.57
High $32.86
Non-cash benefit
View more benefits

The average salary for a babysitter/nanny is $21.12 per hour in the United States. 36.3k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

Is this useful?

Where can a Babysitter/Nanny earn more?

Compare salaries for Babysitter/Nannies in different locations
Explore Babysitter/Nanny openings
Is this useful?

How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Household Manager

Job openings

Average $26.01 per hour

Is this useful?

Common questions about for a Babysitter/Nanny

What does a nanny do?

A nanny is a person who cares for the well-being and development of a child with full-time childcare during the hours the parents are working.

Was this answer helpful?

What is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny?

Both nannies and babysitters care for children in the absence of their parents or guardian. Nannies play more of a regular role in childcare while a babysitter will usually support on an ad-hoc basis.

Was this answer helpful?

What is considered light housekeeping for a babysitter/nanny?

Light housekeeping for a babysitter/nanny is cleaning up the mess created while taking care of the kids. It can include picking up things from around the house, laundry and organizing closets.

Was this answer helpful?

How do celebrities find babysitters/nannies?

What is the dress code for a babysitter/nanny?

What does a nanny cam do?

Do babysitters/nannies undergo a drug test ?

Is a live-in nanny a good idea?

How many hours should a live-in nanny work for?

How many hours does a full-time nanny work for?

Career insights

Frequently searched careers

Registered Nurse

Police Officer

Software Engineer


Truck Driver

Administrative Assistant


Real Estate Agent

Nursing Assistant



Dental Hygienist