Costs, working hours, time off etc.

Information on the au pair's duties, working hours, pocket money and vacation time can be found on this page.

Register as a family

Please note: In order to host an au pair at your home, you need to contact one of 16 US designated au pair agencies.

Placement period

The J-1 Visa for au pairs specifies a minimum period of stay of 12 months. This can be extended to a maximum stay of 24 months in increments of 6, 9 or 12 months.


The au pair's primary responsibilty is to help you look after your children. Alongside childcare you may ask the au pair to help out with light housework as part of their duties.

Please note: If the au pair is required to look after a child younger than 3 months, it is obligatory that a parent or another adult is present during that time! For more information, please contact one of the designated agencies.

Clarify with your au pair well in advance what their exact duties will be. They will be defined in the au pair contract you will receive from your designated agency.


Agency fee

Host families in the USA pay an agency fee (amounting to 6.000-8.000 US dollars) to one of the designated au pair agencies .

Pocket money

Your au pair receives pocket money to the value of 195.75 US dollars per week.

Board and lodging

Your au pair receives free board and lodging throughout the entirety of their stay with your family. This includes times of illness and the au pair's vacation.

Tuition fees

As a host family you pay your au pair up to $500 for academic courses.

The 16 US designated au pair agencies can provide you with more detailed information on costs and fees.

Working hours

Your au pair works up to 45 hours per week and must not work more than 10 hours a day.

Free time

Your au pair is entitled to receive 1.5 free days per week and one free weekend per month. The free weekend starts on Friday evening and ends on Monday morning.


When staying with your family for one year, your au pair is entitled to 2 weeks (10 working days) of paid holiday.

In the US, 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.

Childcare courses

Prior to the au pair placement, your au pair will need to attend special workshops or trainings on child safety and child development. For further details, please contact your designated agency.

Language course

Some agencies offer language courses for au pairs. In some cases, taking part in these courses is compulsory.

Additional information

The US Department of State offers some information on the au pair programme in the USA online.

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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