Managua - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Help is very inexpensive. We hire a woman two days per week to clean and cook, and pay the equivalent of $20 USD per day. The daily rate is a bit lower if you have someone full time, live in. It is easy to find gardeners, pool maintenance people, drivers, and guards. - Dec 2021

We don't employ household help, but many do. Labor is very cheap, about US $20/day for housekeeping. - Jun 2020

Most people have a housekeeper who will also take care of children and cook, plus a part time gardener, and a pool service. Housekeepers/nannies start at $250 per month, plus you must pay the 13th month salary (like a Christmas bonus), and pay their medical insurance (about $60 per month). Most do not take the one month of vacation that they are entitled to, so you have to pay them for that. I pay our housekeeper much more because she is worth it, it's the right thing to do, and I can afford it. Gardeners start at $10-$15 per day. I started ours at $20 and he now makes $25. You get what you pay for. The pool service comes twice a week and charges $80 per month (they provide all the chemicals). - Apr 2018

US$150-$200/month for a maid or nanny. About the same or less for a gardener or driver. - Mar 2012

A full-time housekeeper will cost $200 to $300 a month. Gardener around $100 a month. Many people have drivers as well, though I don't know the cost. They are cheaper if they drive your car, expensive if you expect them to provide the vehicle. - Mar 2011

It's quite reasonable, but reliable help is hard to find. - Apr 2009

Full time all-around maid, nannies are anywhere between US$120 - 250 monthly; drivers: US$200 - 350 monthly; gardener: US$80 monthly (ours works once a week). - Mar 2008

About US$40 - $70/week for full time maid. Nannys are available as well. - Feb 2008

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