How much does an Au Pair cost?
The monthly average per family is $1,689.50, or $8.66 per hour (at 45 hours per week).
Au Pair child care fees are broken down into monthly and hourly averages, which total all fees and divides by the duration of care. These program fees are per family, not per child, making Au Pair child care one of the most affordable child care options. Go Au Pair does not include most discounts, room and board, or additional expenses in our averages.
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With Go Au Pair, you don’t pay a cent until you match with an Au Pair. Although presented as monthly and hourly averages, agency fees are actually paid before your Au Pair arrives, except when enrolled in our flexible payment plans.
Complete your Host Family Profile within 7 days of your free registration and save!
Standard 1-Year Au Pair Program Costs & Fees
New Customer Setup Fee
Profile Complete Discount (7 Days)
Successful Placement Questionnaire Discount
Standard 1 Year Program Fee
Sub-total to Agency
Au Pair Fees
Stipend*** (Minimum) ($195.75 x 52 weeks)
Education Contribution (Maximum)
Sub-total to Au Pair
Combined Total Agency plus Au Pair Fees
Divided by 12 Months
Standard 1 Year Program Monthly Average Per Family
Divided by 45 hours per week
The time difference between payments varies depending on the visa process and when you want your Au Pair to arrive. Transfer or Extension Au Pairs currently located in the country sometimes follow a different structure. Contact our office for more details.
30 Days prior to Au Pair arrival
$6,795 + Air Travel – Discounts
*The first payment installation assumes Host Families complete their profile within 7 days of registering and get the shown discount, but the final amount may vary.
**The shown second payment installation is the most common amount, but can vary by placement type.
Extended Payment Plan Options
All Go Au Pair payment plans have a first and second installment with remaining fees allocated across three, four, six or eight equal payments.
30 days prior to Au Pair arrival
$1600 + plan fee** + air travel – discounts
Choose one of three options below
3 Payment Option
Due Every Other Month
|4 Payment Option|
6 Payment Option
8 Payment Option
Discounts: Military, Pre-Match & More
Go Au Pair offers a variety of discounts to help make Au Pair child care an affordable solution for Host Families. Eligible families may qualify for one or more discount.
Extensions: If you and your Au Pair want to continue the experience after completing your first year together, you may extend your time for another 6, 9, or 12 months. Go Au Pair provides the same wonderful services and support throughout your extension placement and offers a great discount off of extension placement fees.
Unless otherwise noted, all discounts are awarded to families in conjunction with the second installment of program fees. Some discounts require evidence for verification before being awarded, contact our office for details. Discounts are not available with special promotional offers. Our Placement Coordinators check discount eligibility for all placements so Host Families always receive the maximum amount of savings possible.
Steps for Successful Placement Questionnaire: $100 Discount
Host Families that make the time to complete our 20 minute Steps For Successful Placement Questionnaire within 14 days of having their profile approved, or before extending an offer to an Au Pair (whichever is first), will receive a $100 discount off their agency fees!
- Successful Placement: $600 Discount – Renewal Families get $600 discount off of program fees for successfully completing their most recent placement.
- Early Termination: $400 Discount – Renewal Families get $400 discount off of program fees if previous placement ended with an early termination within the last 6 months of placement.
Pre-Match: $250 Discount
Families who find their own out of country Au Pair not currently available at Go Au Pair (pre-match) are eligible for this $250 discount. The Au Pair must meet all of the Go Au Pair screening and training requirements.
Military: $250 Discount
An exclusive discount of $250 for Host Families with at least one parent in Active Duty Military Service. This includes Reserves, National Guard and Veterans.
Switching Agency: $500 Discount
Host Families who choose Go Au Pair after working with another agency are eligible for our Switching Agency Discount of $500. In order to qualify for the switching agency discount, families must submit proof of payment of their agency’s program fees.
- Must be a comparable sized agency
- Must be a comparable placement
Go Au Pair partners with companies and organizations across the U.S. to offer their employees and affiliates a special Company Partner Discount of $100. Learn more about our current partners and how to offer your organization or company this special discount.
Fees by Au Pair Type
Variations by Au Pair Type and Host Family
Fees for Au Pair child care depend on both the Host Family and the type of Au Pair chosen. Variations exist in the following categories:
- Number of hours the Au Pair works each week (Maximum)
- Number of weeks in the placement
- Weekly Stipend (Minimum)*
- Educational Contribution (Maximum)
- Program fee
- Domestic and international air travel fee
- Discounts or promotions awarded
Go Au Pair does not charge an additional fee for infant qualified Au Pairs.
|1 Year Program Fees||Standard||Educare||Plus||Premiere|
|New Customer Setup Fee||$250||$250||$250||$250|
|International & Domestic|
Air Travel Fees
|Learn More||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
|Weekly Stipend (Minimum)||$195.75||$146.81||$215.00||$255.00|
|Education Contribution (Maximum)||$500||$1,000||$500||$500|
|Hours Per Week (Maximum)||45 hours||30 hours||45 hours||45 hours|
|Average Monthly Cost||$1,689.50||$1,460.76||$1,772.92||$1,971.25|
|Average Hourly Cost||$8.66||$11.24||$9.09||$10.11|
In country Au Pairs are priced uniquely. Contact our office for more details.
The number of hours the Au Pair works each week is determined by the Host Family and cannot exceed regulation maximums. EduCare Au Pairs work a maximum of 30 hours per week. All other Au Pairs work a maximum of 45 hours per week. Any Au Pair may work fewer hours than the regulation maximum which results in a different hourly average cost.
The number of weeks in the placement is 52 for a full-year out of country Au Pair and varies widely for in country Au Pairs. Out of country Au Pairs are currently residing outside the United States and upon matching with a Host Family, are available to travel to the US upon finalizing the paperwork. In country Au Pairs are currently residing within the United States and are available to extend their Au Pair experience or transfer Host Families. These in country Au Pairs are typically available sooner and have already been working as an Au Pair for a Host Family in the United States.
The educational contribution is a maximum contribution amount paid by Host Families and set by regulations. The maximum educational contribution is $1,000 for EduCare Au Pairs and $500 for all other Au Pairs.
Domestic and international air travel fees may apply to your out of country Au Pair depending on the international airport your Au Pair departs from and the domestic airport your Au Pair arrives into. Au Pairs already in the U.S. have unique air travel fees associated. Learn more about Domestic Air Travel fee and International Air Travel fees or contact us for specifics.
Discounts and promotions depend on the Host Family. All Host Families receive our application fee discount. Learn what other discounts you are eligible for on our discounts page.
*The shown Au Pair stipend of $195.75 is the minimum provided by the Department of State. However, Host Families and Au Pairs may agree to a stipend above the legally applicable minimum.
Au Pair Types
This program is the most popular selection for our Host Families and Au Pair applicants. The standard program requires all Au Pair applicants to have previous childcare experience and pass Go Au Pair’s 17-point application process. Standard Au Pairs can work up to 45 hours each week, no more than 10 hours each day.
The Plus program is for Au Pairs who have been an Au Pair in another country. Their schedule and requirements will still be the same as a Standard Au Pair, but their weekly pay is higher because of their extra experience.
Au Pairs that join the Premiere program are required to have additional experience. To qualify for this program, Au Pairs will either need a degree in childcare or have at least 2 years of full time childcare experience. Au Pairs in this program are at least 20 years old and have at least 6 months driving experience. Because of the additional qualification for this program, Premiere Au Pairs receive the highest weekly stipend.
The EduCare program is designed for Host Families with school-aged children who don’t need 45 hours of childcare each week. EduCare Au Pairs work 30 hours each week and complete additional schooling. Au Pairs in this program receive a lower weekly stipend but their Host Family contributes more to their tuition.