How much should an au pair get paid? Are there any rates to follow?  These are some of the most common questions au pairs and host families have whenever they are thinking about becoming a part of the program. If you would like to know how much an au pair earns or all the costs a host family has to pay, pay attention to the following information on au pair wages.

Guidelines on the Au Pair’s Wages

As an au pair, you will receive a pocket money for the work you do.
Apart from this, your host family will also provide a room for you, which is free of charge, as well as free meals. You will also get at least one and a half days off per week and one full weekend per month.

Additionally, you will also get 2-4 weeks of paid vacation per year.

Your host family might also reimburse your flight expenses. In some cases, you might also be allowed to use your host family’s car, either free of charge or you need to pay for your own gasoline.

Pocket Money or Salary?

Why is it called pocket money and not salary? Primarily, because if the au pair’s wages were called salary, the government might collect taxes on the au pair’s income.
Nevertheless, in some countries, such as Norway (10-20%), The Republic of Belarus or the United States of America, au pairs need to pay taxes on their income.

Wages in the Most Popular Au Pair Countries

In the table below, you can find a list of what the Au Pairs earn in the respective country and if s/he is paid weekly or monthly:

Country Hrs / week Paid weekly Pocket Money per Month
Australia
25-30
Yes
800-1000 AU$
Austria
20
No
380 €
Belgium
20
No
450 €
Canada
25
Yes
800 CAD
China
25-35
Yes
116-200 USD
Denmark
30
No
3.200 DKK
Finland
30
No
250 €
France
35
No
260-320 €
Germany
30
No
310 € (260 + 50)
Iceland
30
No
40.000 IKR
Ireland
30
No
400€
Italy
30
No
250-300 €
Japan
30
Yes
40.000 Yen
Netherlands
30
No
340 €
New Zealand
40
Yes
600-800 NZ $
Norway
30
No
5000 NOK
Spain
30
No
200-250 €
Sweden
25
No
3500 SEK
Switzerland
30
No
500-750CHF
Turkey
30
No
200 USD
United Kingdom
30
Yes
280 GBP
USA
45
Yes
800 USD

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