Au pair in Austria
Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

This page will provide you with important information on pocket money, working hours, time-off and other details concerning your au pair placement.

The following information is based on official regulations concerning the au pair employment in Austria.

Duties of an au pair

As an au pair, you are primarily responsible for looking after the children. Besides childcare, helping with household chores is part of your duties.

Please clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an au pair will be. It is also recommended that these duties be well defined in the au pair contract (please also have a look at our page: Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc.).

Pocket money

The pocket money for au pairs in Austria is officially considered to be a salary. Therefore, it is paid at the end of each month as a wage for 18 working hours per week. You receive a monthly gross wage of up to 446.81 EUR.

Furthermore, you are entitled to receive a 15-month pocket money, in other words, three monthly salaries in addition, provided that the placement lasts a whole year.

Board and lodging

  • Board and lodging are free. As an au pair you are entitled to an individual furnished room of at least 9 square meters with a window that can be opened. The room should be heatable and lockable.
  • The au pair is entitled to free access to food, just like any other family member. Therefore, they should share meals with the family, have free access to the fridge, etc.
  • You are also entitled to free board and lodging in cases of illness and during your holiday.

Working hours

 An au pair needs to support their host family with light housework and childcare for up to 18 hours a week.

Spare time

As an au pair, you are entitled to at least one day off per week. In this context, the family's life and housekeeping requirements and the au pair's needs are to be taken into consideration.


The au pair's entitlement to vacation and compensation for unused vacation time is based on the Urlaubsgesetz (vacation law). Thus, au pairs get 30 days off for an au pair placement which lasts an entire year. Shorter stays need to be adapted correspondingly.

In Austria, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

Language Course

As an au pair, you should have the possibility to attend a language course. Half of these costs will be paid by the family, the other half by you.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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