Many people think Au Pairs are only for the rich and famous. This misconception could not be farther from the truth. In reality, many parents choose Au Pairs because they are often times less expensive than day care, since there are no additional fees for multiple children.

The starting salary for a live-in Au Pair is defined by the US State Department. The average hourly cost of Au Pair child care is $7.58/hour. Although there are some set compensation values, application and managing fees vary from each agency. goAUPAIR is currently waving many of those fees to make the Au Pair program even more affordable for American families:

The first fee is the Host Family Application Fee. It covers the cost of the screening, background checks and matching processes as well as the in-home interview conducted by your Local Area Representative. goAUPAIR is currently not charging  families an application fee. In fact,  with goAUPAIR, families have access to the Au Pair Preview which allows families to search, review and compare hundreds of available Au Pairs. Unlike any other search tool in the industry, the Au Pair Preview is available at no cost. Plus, our Placement Coordinators are available to help families in their search for the perfect fit for their family.

Once families have matched with an Au Pair, they will pay an initial fee and thirty days prior to the Au Pair’s arrival, they will pay the remaining fees. goAUPAIR automatically divides the program fees into two affordable installments for our Host Families. Families may also take advantage of our Flexible Choice Program which offers flexible payment plan options.

Other fees are based on the Host family’s location, the domestic airfare surcharge accounts for the difference in arrival and departure airfare.  It is based on the Au Pair’s departure airport and Host Family preferred arrival airport.  goAUPAIR has recently reduced rates and even waived fees in some locations.

All Au Pairs are required to complete six semester credit hours at a university during their year. For most Au Pair programs, families contribute $500 for a tuition allowance. This amount is paid either to your Au Pair or directly to the school.

The average weekly cost of an Au Pair is only about $341 which compared to the cost of nannies and day cares, makes it truly a very affordable option. You can expect to pay up to $20+/hr for a nanny depending on your location and standards of living. Nannies may also charge more depending on the ages and number of children. Costs for typical day care still range from about $100 to $400 a week for full-time care. Infant care, adds an additional $25 to $100 to that total besides additional expenses. In many areas of the U.S., day care can cost up to $10,000 a year per child and account for 10 to 25 percent of a household’s budget. (

Besides being a flexible and most importantly, an affordable option for child care, Au Pairs offer what other forms of child care can’t: cultural exchange. Children can learn a new language for free with native speakers, while broadening their perspectives and world knowledge; which in today’s world is considered to be priceless.