Au Pair Costs

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Au Pair Costs2024-05-21T08:40:34+00:00

How much does an Au Pair cost?

  • 1,689.50 monthly

  • 389.89 weekly
  • 8.66 per hour (at 45 hours per week)

Transparent and Risk Free!

With Go Au Pair, you don’t pay a cent until you match with an Au Pair.

That’s right — $0 to register and look for Au Pairs!

Au Pair program fees are broken down into monthly, weekly, and hourly averages, which total all fees for the full year and divides by the duration of care.

These costs 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.

Although presented as monthly, weekly, and hourly averages, agency fees are actually paid before your Au Pair arrives, except when enrolled in our flexible extended payment plans.

Here’s how the Au Pair program costs break down.

You pay Agency Fees to Go Au Pair:

Agency Fees

  • New Customer Setup Fee: +$250
  • Profile Complete Discount (7 days): -$150
  • SPQ Discount: -$100

You pay an Au Pair salary, called a stipend, to your Au Pair and provide an educational allowance:

Au Pair Fees

  • Includes Education Contribution: $500 (max)
  • Weekly Stipend Minimum: $195.75***
  • ($195.75 x 52 weeks): $10,179
***The shown Au Pair Stipend of $195.75 is the minimum provided by the Department of State. However, Families and Au Pairs are free to agree to a stipend above the legally applicable minimum.

Over the course of the year, it averages out to:

Standard 1-Year Program Total

$866 /hrat 45 hrs per week
  • Au Pair Fees + Agency Fees: $20,274
  • Divided by 12 Months
  • Monthly Avg: $1,689.50

Most Popular Payment Plan

Payments for agency fees are typically paid in two simple installments. The first installment is due at matching and the second installment is due 30 days prior to Au Pair arrival.

*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.

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.

We are using an Au Pair through Go Au Pair and we’ve been very happy. The process to get the nanny here was smooth and so far we haven’t run into any issues. This is a great program and we have referred it to many of our friends with babies.
Radostin Kanev
Radostin Kanev
We have had the pleasure of working with GoAuPair as our au pair agency, and we are satisfied with the placement and the services they have provided. Throughout the process, Gina has been incredibly supportive, taking the time to explain contracts and terms to us. Judith has also been wonderful in following up with us and has been friendly and helpful. We have been hosting au pairs since our twins were born, and we have had the opportunity to welcome four au pairs from Mexico and China, with another one soon to arrive from Peru. In our experience, the price we pay when working with an au pair through GoAuPair (including agency fees and au pair fees) is quite reasonable compared to the hourly rates of local nannies. It's important to note that with this cost-saving, there is a trade-off. We have dedicated time to train our au pairs, help them with driving and familiarize them with the area. In some cases, we have also supported them in improving their English language skills if needed. Additionally, we provide our au pairs with full access to a car and a membership to Lifetime Athletic, an excellent country club. We encourage them to explore the area and make friends. In return, our au pairs have been exceptional with our children and have taught them valuable second languages, such as Chinese and Spanish. Thanks to our au pairs, our kids are now trilingual and have become globally-oriented, embracing new cultures and languages. This experience has also instilled in them a broader understanding of the concept of a global economy and vision. Hosting au pairs has brought many positive aspects to our family life, and we have received excellent services from GoAuPair throughout the process. We highly recommend their services to anyone considering hosting an au pair.
Wenting Gao
Wenting Gao
Great experience with Go Au Pair! Responsive and easy to work with. Helpful in answering questions. Found a great au pair to join our family and would highly recommend!
Kathryn Schaeffer
Kathryn Schaeffer
We had a wonderful experience with this Au pair agency. We enjoyed being involved with the search and selection of the au pair (a unique feature that sets them apart). We are also impressed with the exceptional customer service. Our coordinator has been prompt in answering all of our questions and any concerns. We are grateful for this agency and all the staff working hard behind the scenes to make this program possible, thank you!
Aaron Thomas
Aaron Thomas
We have had two au pairs placed by Go Au Pair. I would recommend them as they have an excellent variety of au pairs to connect with.
Zane Aukee
Zane Aukee
I have worked with several folks at Go Au Pair during my search process. They have all been well informed, respectful, responsive and a pleasure to work with. I would gladly recommend this agency to anyone in search of an Au Pair
Tom Dudzic
Tom Dudzic
I started this process about 2 weeks ago and was able to find a match, but not without endless amount of time invested. For the most part the pricing is stated upfront so you know what you're getting into, however, the fees for the flight/travel are unable to be determined until that is booked. PROS: - The representatives that you work with are very nice and helpful - They create the contract with the cost out after you've extended an offer to an AuPair pretty quickly - There are lots of AuPairs to choose from and a couple new ones might be added each week - There isn't a local representative in my area so my local rep was almost across the country from me so they assigned 2 people to help me out. Having the support was fine. Totally fine but I got confused on who I address for certain things in the beginning. - Final costs are about an extra $500-$1000 than whats stated upfront due to travel costs, etc. - Overall we are very happy so far with the process and the representatives we've been working with are super sweet and kind. They can really help you out and try to be super available for you. We were happy with our reps. CONS: - There are a lot of emails with bits and pieces of information, the next steps are not detailed in the beginning so there is a lot of things not exactly clear, mainly detailed info on the entire process. This was frustrating but if you talk to your rep to clear it up you should be fine - Payment plan details should be shown upfront because a family needs to see if it's realistically affordable or compare their local childcare pricing prior to starting the search and investing so much time into it. However, I guess a family going this route for childcare might not be stressing over little costs here and there? Not sure - Travel fees/cost need to be elaborated/clear a bit more in the beginning of the process
Krystal Ahmad
Krystal Ahmad
There is a good selection of au pairs, and the search function makes it easy to find one that meets your needs. -Zane
We HIGHLY recommend Go Au Pair (GAP). In the world of working parent guilt and a global pandemic, it really does take a village to raise children--but what does one do when one's village alternates quarantining and childcare is chaos. When we heard about the au pair program and began to research it, we knew it was our only hope, though we had many concerns. The first was what agency to choose--a huge agency? A small agency? We wondered what role our agency would play, and agonized over the choice. Ultimately, GAP provided terrific, high-quality, personalized service that clearly comes from their experience in the AP world and not being so enormous that they lose sight of their families and APs. We are a family, not just a number, to GAP. Our AP is such a very special young lady who is authentic, bright, and thoughtful. She is fantastic with children, and an extremely strong driver. With 3 very young boys, having a third adult is such an unbelievable help in our family. Our AP is leaving an unforgettable impression on our children and has made it so easy to be a working parent. We cannot thank GAP enough!
Jamie K
Jamie K
We first found Go Au Pair in January 2022 when we were looking for a childcare provider for our toddler. Their website is setup well and searching for candidates is simple. While filling out the host profile takes a bit of time it's worth it as both you and the au pairs are able to share a lot of information. We found an Au Pair in rematch and our local coordinator in town and placement manager were supportive. They were easy to get a hold of and always got back to us in a timely manner. While our match with our Au Pair did not last the staff at Go Au Pair has made moving on painless and helped provide our Au Pair with a new opportunity in a different state. They were impartial and patient while addressing our concerns.
Kevin Dahm
Kevin Dahm

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!

Existing customers who continue to work with Go Au Pair and past customers who return to Go Au pair receive special discounts for their loyalty. Contact our office to learn more about this incredible discount.

  • 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.

Have you received a better price offer from another comparable Au Pair agency? Contact our office and give us a chance to match or beat another agency’s offer.
  • 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.

Extended Payment Plan Options

Go Au Pair recognizes the need of payment flexibility. Families who need program fees separated into more than two installments and allocated across a greater time frame can take advantage of one of our flexible payment plans.

All Go Au Pair payment plans have a first and second installment with remaining fees allocated across three, four, six or eight equal payments.

$1,731.67 every other month

$3,050 due at matching

Due 30 prior to Au Pair arrival: $1,600 + plan fee** + air travel – discounts

$1,298.75 monthly

$3,050 due at Matching

Due 30 days prior to Au Pair arrival: $1,600 + plan fee** + air travel – discounts

$865.83 monthly

$3,050 due at Matching

Due 30 days prior to Au Pair arrival: $1,600 + plan fee** + air travel – discounts

$649.38 monthly

$3,050 due at Matching

Due 30 days prior to Au Pair arrival: $1,600 + plan fee** + air travel – discounts

**Each payment plan is subject to a non-refundable payment plan fee which is due with the second installment. The 3 payment option has a total fee charge of $175.00. The 4 payment option has a total fee charge of $200.00. The 6 payment option has a total fee charge of $250.00. The 8 payment option has a total fee charge of $300.00.

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 FeesStandardEducarePlusPremiere
New Customer Setup Fee$250$250$250$250
Program Fee$9,595$8,895$9,595$9,895
International & Domestic
Air Travel Fees
Learn More Learn MoreLearn MoreLearn 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 hours30 hours45 hours45 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.

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