Remember me what's this?

Being an au pair in the US


THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2011


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!


  • Age: Au pair must be between 18 and 26 years old
  • Salary (Pocket money): Au pairs must be paid at least $195.75/week, which is based on the minimum wage in the US
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: Au pairs are not to work more than 10 hours a day and 45 hours a week and they should get one and a half days off weekly plus a full weekend off each month.
  • Visas: People from almost all countries can become au pairs in the United States. However, in order to legally become an au pair in the US it is necessary for an individual to obtain a J1 Visa. In order to get this visa, an au pair has to go through one of the government-designated au pair agencies. For more information, see Visa requirements for the US.
  • Duration of stay: Au pairs may work for a family as an au pair for up to 12 months and may apply to stay for an extra month in order to travel round the US.
  • Language requirements: Au pairs must be able to speak English and are required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Health Insurance: It is not a requirement to have insurance to work in the US however, it advised that an au pair has both health and travel insurance.
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to the US from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.
  • Language courses: Whilst living with a host family, an au pair is required to enrol and attend a course at a post-secondary institution. The host family is required to pay the first $500 toward the costs of this required course. An au pair is also required to receive child safety and child development training.


Being an au pair in:
Australia / Austria / Belgium / Canada / Denmark / France / Germany / Ireland / Italy / Netherlands / New Zealand / Norway / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / UK

For Au Pairs
Find My Perfect Family
1. Register as an Au Pair
2. Search Au Pair Jobs
3. Create Favourites List
4. Make Contact
Click here to view an example Family profile
Advice For Au Pairs
- Au Pair Books
- Which Country
- Au Pair Visas
- Au Pair Salary Guide
- Country Information
- Your Safety
- New Au Pair Home
Comments From Au Pairs
An Au Pair Says...
"I was successful in finding a family in a short time. Thank you!"
- Dalia S,
United Kingdom