Daughter-in-law just hired nanny. Full time, $22/hr. That's the going rate in the bay area and many, maybe most young professionals here are doing the same. This is in Silicon Valley. BTW, firemen here make $150k or more on average, including OT. Local paper just published teachers' salaries. Average is $75k. One bedroom apt in a good area is probably $1500-2000/ month, although I haven't researched this.