Post # 1
I am curious to know what the average hourly wage is for nannies/babysitters across the country. I also love creating polls on here because polls are fun!
Right now I’m doing it for a living, because my lovely Governor isn’t a fan of the education system/teachers, but I think I do alright for a non-salary job (I voted)! So, how do babysitters do in your area? Do you hire/pay based on age or more just recommendations and experience?
Post # 3
I don’t have kids but my sis does. Her babysitter? Minimum wage. Were she ever to hire an experienced, trained nanny, I’m sure that would be a heck of a lot higher.
Post # 4
Depends on the type of babysitter you’re getting. In middle school/high school, I’d be lucky to get $5/hr (1-3 or 4 kids) in my small town/area. When I moved to a bigger city, it was more like $10/hr for 3 kids (that was good). A family from a large city paid me more like $15/hr (4/5 kids) and $5/hr of sleeping. That was great pay around here.
Post # 5
@Roe: I understand your point, I made a lot less than I do now (more experience, more money, as with any job I suppose) But people who have hired me in the past have also told me they pay me well because they are paying me to take care of their children, which is a pretty big deal- They said when people are well-compensated, they generally do a better job at whatever they do. I never thought of it that way until they said that really (but I of course always take equally fabulous care of my muchkins ) I don’t have any children myself and will not for awhile, but I hope I can be one of the families kids enjoy babysitting for because my kids aren’t too crazy and they leave feeling like it was worth it!
Post # 6
I got $9 to watch a 6 month old and a 1.5 year old. Later I watched a 6 and 9 year old for $10. :/
ETA: I would personally pay $25 an hour to a nanny as awesome as I am!
Post # 7
@indibee: $5/hr for 4 kids when you were in HS! I hope the kids were well-behaved at least! 🙂 Then again, when I started working, 5.15 was minimum wage if I recall correctly so I guess that’s not that crazy, but 4 kids is a lot.
Post # 8
@Ms.Sugarsnap: Yeah, very small country towns. All the kids were pretty good, but you sure couldn’t buy much with what you made.
I think all of our moms were controlling the market – they’d promise one another that you’d watch the other’s next weekend for way cheap. Like Stephanie Tanner says- “How rude!” LOL.
Post # 9
@cbee: well if you ever need a nanny
Post # 10
I worked as a part time Nanny last year while I finished my Master’s thesis. It was a great way to help supplement our income. Nannies are paid quite well in DC.
$12/hr for two kids awake
$15/hr for three (all under five)
$10/hr for multiple sleeping kids or awake baby
Over the course of the year, I ended up with quite a few clients, and sat for a few hours almost every Saturday night. I think I was in the cheaper range, but people really appreciated that I legit gave the kids my full attention and was a little older (24 at the time) and educated.
In DC, I’ve been told that the going rate for a Nanny Share (2 families who team up their infants with a private Nanny) is around 18-20/hr.
DC is insanely expensive though.
Post # 11
When I babysat years ago I was paid $10/hr for three kids. It was great money for a high school student!
Post # 12
When I babysat in middle/high school (7-12 years ago) , I typically got paid $10-$12 per hour.
Post # 13
For 1 infant and 2 older kids, 10 dollars an hour, but previously with another family I got 10 dollars weekend, 8 dollars weekday for 1 infant. 10 dollars an hour for a 7 and 4 year old. I think 10 is pretty standard (I live in suburban PA).
ETA: This is during college and graduate school, I have had years of babysitting experience.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater
I actually am a full time Nanny in NYC. When I first started out I charged $15 an hour. Now the family I work full time for pays me $17. I have friends though that make $20 an hour.
Post # 15
I work as a part time nanny in NYC. I charge $15 an hour for 1 kid, or $20 an hour per 2 kids.
Post # 16
I would check out some of the websites like Great Au Pair to get a good idea of what some people pay/charge in your area. I got a job through there years ago as an au pair which paid $800/month, 100 hours/month but I was live in so this was just spending money.