Families who are new to the au pair program often want to know, “How much does hosting an au pair cost?”
There are two main costs to consider when you’re thinking about hosting an au pair; payment to InterExchange and the weekly stipend to your au pair.
Payment to InterExchange
Here's a breakdown:
- $2,500 Program Fee Down Payment. This is due upon matching with your au pair.
- $5,790 Remaining Balance. This is due upon your au pair’s arrival to the U.S. For an additional $290 financing fee, we can split up the balance into 6 monthly payments if that works best for your family.
- $35 SEVIS Visa Processing Fee
These fees go toward the operation of the program and the services that your family and your au pair receive, such as:
- Recruitment and screening of our pairs
- International flight to New York City
- 12 months of ongoing support from your Local Coordinator
- Orientation and Training
- Support from staff in the New York office
The Au Pair Stipend
The other main cost that you’ll want to consider is the weekly stipend to your au pair, which is a minimum of $195.75. This is paid every week, and can either be in the form of a check, direct deposit, or cash (don’t forget the receipt!).
The minimum stipend was set by the U.S. Department of State by multiplying the Federal Minimum Wage by the maximum number of hours worked per week, then subtracting 40% for room and board.
Check it out:
Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 Maximum hours worked per week: 45 Room and board credit: 40%
$7.25 x 45 = $326.25 $326.25 x 40% = $130.50 $326.25 – $130.50 = $195.75
According to U.S. Department of State regulations, all au pairs must receive this entire weekly stipend, regardless of whether or not they have worked the maximum 45 hours during the week. Au pairs also receive this stipend during their two weeks of vacation.
The stipend is designed to allow au pairs to make the most of their time in the United States. We encourage au pairs to use the money that they earn to go out with new friends, try new local foods and to plan vacations around our awesomely diverse country!
Other Costs of Hosting an Au Pair
In addition to InterExchange Au Pair USA standard program fees and the stipend, you should also keep in mind these other costs:
- $500 Education Stipend. It’s a U.S. Department of State requirement that au pairs take academic courses as a part of their au pair year. These courses allow au pairs to further their education, as well as learn more about U.S. cult and our education system, and meet Americans.
- Domestic travel for your au pair from our Orientation and Training Program in New York to your home. We allow you to arrange this and pay for it – we’ve found that this is a better deal for families than charging a flat rate for transportation.
- Auto insurance for your au pair if using family car.
- Facilitating travel to classes and monthly cluster meetings. Since this is a part of the au pair program, we ask that families support au pairs in these endeavors! This can mean a car with gas, a car with gas money or money for the bus or the subway – as long as your au pair can get where she or he needs to go.
- Room and board. You’ll have another person living and eating at home, so some bills will increase, of course. Host families must provide 3 meals per day for their au pair.