Post # 1
I will be 19 and looking for a family to babysit for regularly this summer while the parents work. I have done this for the past several years for a family friend, but unfortunately thier kids are too old to need a sitter now. I am willing to drive the kids to any lessons/events/camps they may have and have been babysitting regularly for 6 years now.
The problem is, I don’t know how much to charge. If I am going to do this as a summer job I want to make sure it is worth my time (vs a different job i may not enjoy as much locally) but also dont want to rip off the families either.
How much would you be willing to pay for childcare for the summer? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d do $9. It’s close to minimum wage plus charge for mileage.
Post # 4
Based on your experience I would probably go $10, but not anymore then that.
Post # 5
I voted for $10 because that’s what I charge when I babysit/nanny.
Post # 6
It varies greatly by region. Here, it’s common to see anywhere from $12-20, depending on the kids and what responsibilities are expected.
Maybe this chart from the Huffington Post will help. Here’s where it was posted originally: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/how-much-to-pay-a-babysitter_n_2822514.html
Post # 7
Man oh man, I got at least $10/h when I was still in grade school! 14 years ago. These days I could easily get $20/hr + for casual babysitting, even for just one kid who goes to bed an hour or two after I get there.
Post # 8
We just hired an awesome nanny for our son- $15/hr. She’s highly qualified though and bilingual- we actually hired her mainly to teach our child a second language. She’s also an elemtary school teacher and has a degree, so well-qualified!
Post # 9
@AeroLove: I’m on Long Island and child care is very expensive, you should not take anything lower than 13/hr
Post # 10
IMO anything close to minimum wage for babysitting is offensive and irresponsible.
I’d say minimum 15 an hour.
Post # 11
It kind of blows my mind how much baby sitters make considering that is well above what an LVN makes and some are suggesting close to entry level RN salary (minimal two years of college). Personally, some teenager to baby sit my kids for the summer isn’t going to make more than $10/hour. You are a former elementry teacher with a summer school plan? Then we are talking more money.
Post # 12
I’m a lead teacher at a daycare with 3+ years and all of my qualifications and I only make $9.50/hour.
Post # 14
Not really sure what I’d charge, but I just want to make a comment after reading a couple of other responses.
Call me crazy, but I’m not sure how much I’d really haggle price with someone over babysitting my child. After all, this is someone I am trusting with the safety and wellbeing of the most important person in my life. How can you really put a price on that?
That being said, I am also a firm believer that teachers and other childcare workers do not get paid anywhere near enough.
Post # 15
I was paid $20/hour to nanny (and tutor but she was 7 so it wasn’t exactly challenging) when I was in college. It definitely depends where you live and what your qualifications are.
Post # 16
It entirely depends on what the going rates are in your area. For example, how much would it be to put a kid in the average daycare? I would aim to come in cheaper than that. Also, are you CPR-certified? That would make a difference.
When I was nannying in DC my price breakdown was:
-10/hr for infant or multiple sleeping kids
-12/hr for 2 awake kids
-15/hr for 3.
DC is crazy expensive for sitters, so I felt like this was good money for me, but I also am pretty sure I was one of the cheapest around and I think parents thought I was a steal. (I was a 24 year old finishing my MA thesis, and had tons of experience with very small children). I was as busy as I wanted to be with it.