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Determining a Reasonable Cleaning Rate?

I work for a lady who is legally blind. I take her to do errands, cook occasionally, watch her 4 year old at the park /pool, and once a week I do the family laundry and clean the house. Daily I clean the kitchen and pick up the living room. I am paid $9.00 plus $25 a week in gas. Is that the going rate?

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July 5, 20170 found this helpful

Different areas have different going rates. You need to ask around or look at want ads to see the rate in your area.

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July 6, 20170 found this helpful

Rates differ depending on the location (even within the same city) so it would be wise to check out this area. The problem you may have getting a "usual" rate is that your job consists of many different types of chores and there are also other factors that are not stated.

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How many days a week? How many hours a day? How long have you been working for this family? How did you decide on the amount you are now receiving? What type of neighborhood (financial position of the family)? Do you think they are able to pay more? Is this a clean or dirty family? Other factors that may come into play is whether she is claiming your pay with IRS and paying your Social Security taxes or is she paying you the full amount and no taxes involved. I am only bringing this up as agencies will be fully legal and take-home pay may not be the same after IRS gets their share every week/year.
Do you feel the $25 a week covers however many trips you have to make every week (this is part of your hourly/weekly pay)?
If you feel you are underpaid then you should discuss it with your employer and maybe try to come up with a better pay scale.

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July 6, 20170 found this helpful

It depends on your area and how much you are driving around.

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July 7, 20170 found this helpful

It varies where you live. I would do some research and see how much it costs for what you do in your area. For instances, minimum wage where I live is $10.50 and gas is more expensive here so the wage I would expect would be higher.

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July 7, 20170 found this helpful

You are underpaid-if she is legally blind if you were her onthebooks caregiver you would be getting more per hour. depending howmany hours you work it might be worth going through the system.

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you can get approved thru charities, etc.

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