Au pair USA - Costs & Benefits

Our au pair USA programme fees are fixed package prices with no hidden costs. While you plan your au pair stay with us, you bear no financial risks. Payment of the fees is not due until you have chosen your host family. In the US, your accommodation and meals are included in the programme price and your flights are paid for by your host family.

Your Au pair costs for America

Programme Length Fees
Au Pair in the USA 12 months + 1 month of travel (option to extend to 24 months) £ 790
Pro-pairs* £ 590
Returning Au Pairs* £ 590

What our US Au pairs love: Flexible return flights

Au pair USA Kosten

Included in our au pair costs for the US are a free one-way flight from all major European airports to the US, the connecting flights from the Au pair Academy to your host family and the free return flight from any major US city to your home (only after successful completion of the au pair year). All flights are paid for by your host family.

Special highlight: Your return flight from the US does not have to start from the airport near your host family. With us, you can choose one of about 100 selected departure airports in the US. This allows you to plan your travel month flexibly without any additional costs.

Benefits package

  • Contractual regulation of your duties and working hours (maximum 45 hours per week)

  • Your own room and free board

  • Weekly pocket money of at least US $ 195.75 *

  • Tuition fees for up to $ 500 for college courses (6 Credits or 60 hours)

  • 2 weeks of paid holidays (10 working days) 

  • 1 1/2 days of free time per week

  • 1 completely free weekend per month

  • 1 month of travel in the USA after successful end of the programme

  • Comprehensive training and support incl. a stay at the Au pair Academy (orientation near New York) or virtual courses online

  • Free return flight from all major European cities to America including US connecting flights from the orientation to the host family (covered by host family)

  • Free return flight from your host family - or, if desired - any another major airport in the US to one of the departure airports in your home country (covered by host family)

  • Authorized visa support and provision of the necessary forms (DS 2019) 

  • Service Fees paid for by AuPairCare

  • Complete insurance package (covered by your host family) for 12 months including liability insurance during your working hours. 

  • Certificate of successful participation 

  • Optional one-time extension of the au pair stay for 6, 9 or 12 months 

  • Between $250 USD to $500 USD college tuition to earn 3 or 6 credits (depending on length of extension)

What’s not included

A few fees and expenses will be covered by you, such as visa fees at the embassy. These additional costs include:

  • Visa fees (currently approx. US $ 160)

  • Costs for issuing a police certificate, a health certificate, an international driver's license, and a passport

  • Costs to get to your personal interview in the UK

  • Costs for any extra luggage 

  • Taxes in the US

* The US Department of State determines the amount of the minimum amount of weekly pocket money for childcare by au pairs. The calculation is based on the federal minimum wage after deduction of 40% for food and lodging. Host family and au pair are free to agree a higher compensation than this legally stipulated minimum.

Discounts for Au pairs

Take advantage of our special offers! 

Au pair with children
£200 Comeback Discount

You have been abroad with AuPairCare or the Intrax family and can imagine going abroad again for some time? As a former participant you will save £200 on the programme fees.

Friends with US flag
£50 Bring a Friend Special

Share your excitement with your friends and convince them to be an au pair in the USA just like you! As a thank you token, we will waive £50 of the programme fee for both you and your friend. You will receive this discount each time an applicant travels to the US with us based on your recommendation.

au pair with baby
Pro-Pair Special

You have already been an au pair before (at least 6 months), done an apprenticeship or studied in the fields of childcare, childhood education or another related field prior to your match? If you prove your qualifications in your application, we reward your experience with a £200 discount!

Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other.

£200 Pro-Pair Discount

Do you have extensive childcare experience? You can save £200 if you meet one of the following criteria:

Baby Plus: At least 200 hours experience in the care of infants (0-2 years)

Infants are not just cute, they're also growing up really fast. As an au pair, you will be there when the baby crawls for the first time, starts eating by itself, takes its first steps or speaks the first word. If you can prove at least 300 hours of experience in the care of small children under the age of 1, not only will you have better placement opportunities, but you can also save £200. In addition, you'll have the chance to receive a 5-day certified Au Pair (ISAP) Certified Specialist training, focusing on nursing and infant development. To participate in ISAP training, you must be selected by our American AuPairCare organization.

Repeat Au pair: A successfully completed Au pair stay of at least 6 months

In the past, an au pair stay in the US was a once in a lifetime adventure. Thanks to new visa regulations, you can become an au pair for a second time. We support your exciting plan with a £200 discount on the programme fee.

Professional experience with children

You fulfill the current eligibility requirements for the AuPairCare programme and have successfully completed your studies in one of the following fields: 

Kindergarten teacher, social worker, teaching assistant, pediatric nurse, midwife, medical nurse, children's therapist, or children's logopedist.

Then you can look forward to a remission of £200 on the programme fees!

You want to start as soon as possible?

Become an au pair in the USA and start your programme with numerous other international au pairs in New York!

  • Do I have to pay taxes as an au pair in the USA? Read more

    Since there is currently no tax exemption limit for au pairs or their income, you will have to pay taxes in the USA retroactively for the previous year. You should therefore fill out the 1040NR-EZ or the 1040NR form by April 15th of each year - you can find more information about this in your MyAuPairCare portal under the category "Resources" in the Au Pair Handbook. At best, you should talk to a tax advisor again in the USA - for example with your host family. The tax laws in the individual states may differ and a tax advisor is familiar with the local situation and can advise you best. We recommend that you set aside approximately US$25 of your weekly stipend to pay the taxes.