Fees and Earnings
The cost to join the au pair program varies by country, but you can expect to pay a fee between $240 - $2,500 which covers application processing, English testing and interviews, DiSC personality assessment and J-1 Visa Preparation. No portion of that fee is used to pay for the costs of the international airfare of domestic U.S. transportation. Once you begin your application, you will be contacted by a knowledgeable AuPairCare representative in your country who will provide you with more detailed information about program costs.Register Today!
You will also need to plan on a few additional costs that are not included in the program, such as Visa charges ($160 USD at the time of writing), transportation to/from your personal interview and Embassy appointment, any fees incurred for acquiring a basic police check, medical records, international driving license or a passport.
As an au pair, you will earn a minimum weekly stipend of $195.75. The U.S. Department of State calculation of the minimum weekly stipend is based on the federal minimum wage with a 40% deduction for room and board in exchange for childcare services. Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum.