Pocket money

(Also to be found with keywords Pocket money, Salary and Wage)

In exchange for the help offered to their host families, au pairs are entitled to receive pocket money in addition to free board and lodging. The amount of pocket money depends on the host country and the number of working hours. In some countries, the amount is fixed by law, in others it is decided upon by the host family and au pair.

Note: An au pair stay must not be considered an employment. It is a cultural exchange! Therefore, in most host countries, au pairs do not have the status of an employee. Instead, they are temporary family members who receive some pocket money rather than a salary. Find out more by reading our basic idea of au pairing.

Overview by country:

Australia 200 - 250 AUD per week
Austria 438.05 EUR gross per month
Belgium 450 EUR per month
Canada approx. 330 CAD per week (depending on the regional minimum wage, see Info Canada for further info)
Denmark 4.000 DKK per month
Finland 280 EUR minimum per month after tax
France 265,50 - 318,60 EUR per month
Germany 260 EUR per month
Ireland minimum wage (please go to Info Ireland for further info) 
Iceland ISK 10.000 per week
Italy 250 - 300 EUR per month
Luxembourg approx. 480 - 500 EUR per month
Netherlands 300 EUR - 340 EUR maximum per month 
New Zealand 170 - 230 NZD per week
Norway 5.000 NOK per month
South Africa 1.500 - 3.000 ZAR per month
Spain 70 EUR minimum per week
Sweden 3.500 SEK per month
Switzerland 500 - 750 CHF net per month depending on the individual canton
United Kingdom 80 - 85 GBP per week
USA 195,75 USD per week

Pocket Money - Frequently Asked Questions 

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