Expenses as an au pair

If you work as an au pair, how high are your expenses? How much money do you need? What expenses do you have? Find out more about your expenses as an au pair.



costs aupairHow much money do you spend during an au pair year? 


This is an important question for young people who think about working as an au pair.


Compared to a regular stay abroad, if you spend time abroad as an au pair it will be very cheap for you since your host family pays for your accommodation and food. 


Additionally, you receive a small amount of pocket money from your host family.



  1. Expenses for a certificate of good conduct and for a medical certificate;
  2. Expenses for vaccinations;
  3. Travel expenses (how much exactly depends on the country you are traveling to);
  4. International insurances;
  5. Expenses for a language course abroad and the exam;
  6. Expenses for a visa and international license (for countries overseas);
  7. If you had an au pair agency find a host family for you, you have to pay them a fee (100-200 Euro within Europe, 700-1.500 Euro overseas – though travel expenses might already be included in the fee).



You are thinking about spending an au pair year in the USA and you are worried about the costs? Then we have good news for you: your host family pays for all of your travel expenses! It is the same in Iceland, but in other countries you have to pay for your au pair travel expenses yourself. As an au pair, you not only have expenses, you also have a small income; your au pair pocket money. How much pocket money you will get depends on the country and the living costs there.


Watch out: your host family doesn't have to pay you your pocket money in advance when you first arrive. Most host families usually don't do that. So make sure you have some extra money for your first days and weeks as an au pair.


If you are from Germany and want to work abroad as an au pair, you might still receive your money from the The Department for Child and Family Services (Familienkasse). In order to receive the payments you need a certificate from your language institute that states that you take language classes on a regular basis, for at least 10 hours per week.



More information for au pairs:

Visa for au pair Information about host country
Phone as au pair Host family present
Practice the foreign language Medical certificate for au pair
Vaccinations for au pair Before Au Pair Trip