(Closed) How much do you pay your babysitter/nanny per hour?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What do the babysitters/nannies typically make on an hourly basis in your area?
    $5-8 : (5 votes)
    12 %
    $9-10 : (8 votes)
    19 %
    $11-12 : (8 votes)
    19 %
    $13-15 : (12 votes)
    29 %
    $16-18 : (5 votes)
    12 %
    $19-20 : (1 votes)
    2 %
    $21-24 : (1 votes)
    2 %
    $25+ : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Other: Explain Below : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 6
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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 # 8
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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 # 10
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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.

    I made:

    $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
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    When I babysat years ago I was paid $10/hr for three kids. It was great money for a high school student!

    Post # 12
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    When I babysat in middle/high school (7-12 years ago) , I typically got paid $10-$12 per hour.

    Post # 13
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • 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
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    2232 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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.


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