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How Much Does an Au Pair Cost

If the idea of live-in child care sounds like the right solution for your family, your next question is probably, "how much does an au pair cost?" Au Pair in America program fees are based on a program duration of 12 months and the program option you select. Fees and au pair salary are per family, not per child. When using Au Pair in America to find your au pair, cost will include a one-time match fee, a program fee, and a weekly stipend paid directly to your au pair. Use the graph below to calculate the total cost of au pair services for your family.

2016 Program Fees:

For short term (under 12 months) au pair cost and availability, please contact Alex Ramirez at (800) 928-7247 ext. 5161 or email alex@aupairinamerica.com.

Au Pair Extraordinaire Educare
Match Fee $425 $425 $425
Program Fee Annual $8,495 $9,590 $7,450
Minimum Weekly Stipend*
Paid weekly/51 weeks
$195.75* $250* $146.81*
*Au pairs on the au pair program are to be compensated by the host family at a weekly rate based upon 45 hours of child care services per week and paid in conformance with the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the U.S. Department of State. EduCare participants are to be compensated at a rate that is 75% of the weekly rate established for those on the standard program for up to 30 hours of child care services per week. The minimum weekly federal stipend of $195.75 for the au pair participant for up to 45 hours per week and $146.81 for the EduCare participant for up to 30 hours per week is calculated based on the federal minimum wage less a credit set by the Department of Labor for room and board. Au pairs on the Au Pair Extraordinaire program are to be compensated at a weekly rate of no less than $250.00 as set by Au Pair in America.
Note: Host families have the option to pay more than the minimum standards, but under no circumstance may the host family pay less than the minimum, nor may the family have the au pair provide more than 45 hours per week (30 hours for EduCare) of child care services. The au pair weekly stipend, room and board, education allowance and other program elements are subject to change based on any update to the federal au pair regulations. If this occurs, Au Pair in America will inform families.

Base program fees include:

  • Recruitment, interviewing and selection of the au pair and host family
  • Administrative and support services during the exchange
  • Round trip transportation between designated cities abroad and the au pair orientation site
  • Au pair orientation and training
  • Partial J-1 visa processing
  • A portion of basic medical insurance
  • Personal liability coverage
  • A cultural workshop for the au pair
  • A cultural workshop for the host family
  • Unlimited access to online resources
  • Rematching service should a replacement au pair be required to fulfill a host family's contract year.

* To maintain a uniform program fee for host families, au pairs and EduCare companions traveling to and from select cities pay a flight surcharge towards their airline cost.

Au pairs pay a program fee that, in part, covers screening and placement services, visa processing, resource materials and a portion of international flight costs from select gateways.

Additional au pair cost considerations:

Some of the things that can contribute to the overall cost of au pair services are not included in the Au Pair in America fees. The following should be considered by host families: private room and board, weekly stipend paid to the au pair/companion (see chart), automobile insurance, public transportation if not providing use of car, educational allowance towards tuition, and course materials.

Fees and the weekly au pair salary do not include the educational allowance required of all host families – $500 for Au Pair and Extraordinaire; $1,000 for EduCare. The educational component is currently under review by The Department of State. You will be advised if there is a mandated change. Match fee is non-refundable unless Au Pair in America can not bring in the au pair.

*A $35 U.S. government imposed SEVIS fee is charged for every au pair arriving to your home, except in circumstances where the au pair has transferred from one family into your family.

Excess airline fees: An additional fee may be imposed if air carriers levy increased fuel surcharges or new increased taxes after January 1, 2012.

Program Support and Policies

Program fees are due 30 days prior to the arrival of the au pair/companion in the United States.

Match and Program Fees The match fee is due upon selection of the au pair and is non-refundable except in circumstances the au pair is unable to arrive. The full program fee is due 30 days prior to the arrival of the au pair/companion to your home unless the family elects to make payments through the Extended Payment Plan.

All program fees are payable by personal check or by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Make checks payable to Au Pair in America or EduCare in America.

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