Post # 1
What is the going rate for babysitters in your area?
Does it differ for infants, toddlers, kids, etc?
I could potentially see us using the “services” of a cousin in law’s college age daughter at some point in the future for a dinner out or something.
Post # 3
Twice we’ve used a high school girl that works at DD’s daycare, and she charges $10/hour. As far as I know, she doesn’t charge differently based on age, but she gives discounts for multiple kids (e.g. $15/hour for two).
Post # 4
NYC: $15/hour, mostly college grads. Some charge $20/hour, but we don’t use them. All ask for cab fare home.
Post # 5
When I babysat in High School 7-10 years ago, I pretty much always got paid $10/hour (sometimes a little more).
Not sure if the going rate is higher now but I’d definitely start with at least $10/hour.
Post # 6
I pay $10/hour for a 20 year old college student to watch my two children. That is exceptionally cheap, because before I found her (though a friend of a friend) I was paying $20/hour.
Post # 7
I would start at $10/hr. D’aw, I wish I could babysit again. Hah.
Post # 8
$12/hour for children under 2, $10/hour for older kids. 4 hour minimum. We’ve also encountered sitters for $15 but it’s rare.
Post # 9
I was a nanny for $10/hr…now I’m a pediatric nurse so if I were to babysit I’d probably ask for a bit more.
However, I babysit for 3 families and they are all friends with each other. One of the families paid me $15/hr for 2 children which I was fine with…BUT, there were a few days where all of the families had me watch the girls (they are all the same age) and I stated outright that I wanted $10/per child/per hour. It was three girls from three different families…I didn’t think any discount applied.
Post # 10
I always charged 8/hr and got paid 10-12 (parents liked me and always rounded up) in H.S (a couple years ago) regardless of the number of kids (I never watched more than 2 kids at a time though). I got 12.50/hr as a nanny for an 18 month old when I was 18 (the mom was home with her 2 week old and me the whole time though. I would have wanted more for both of them). I was CPR/first aid certified and parents liked that. I asked for rides before I could drive, but I always lived within a couple miles so it wasn’t a big deal. This was in NJ. In Indiana as a college student I got 10 an hour babysitting professors kids every now and then. My little sister charges 10 now and shes 14. From what I understood, college kids charged closer to 15 and I was a “cheap” sitter. I was a camp counselor for a long time and made next to nothing so I had this idea in my head that I was making more than I should.
Post # 11
I was thinking $10/hr so sounds like I’m on the right track!
Post # 12
Holy crap…back when I babysat, I earned $3-4 an hour! But that was a long time ago!!!
This thread was helpful, as I would clearly have NO IDEA what to pay! Thanks!
Post # 13
I get $15 an hour, but i’m more of a nanny than a once ni a while babysitter, I plan out art projects and activities for them, they rarely watch any tv unless they’re tired or had a long day
Post # 14
@heathaah: Right?! For several years in high school I babysat a family of four kids every single weekend (both parents were EMTs and worked 48 hour shifts). I think I got about $50/weekend, lol. The first time we used a babysitter with Addie, and she said her normal rate was $10/hour/kid, I was totally blown away! Talk about inflation!
Post # 15
WOW, I never got more than minimum wage, haha!!
Post # 16
I rarely babysit anymore since I work full time, but I used to charge $15 for one kid and $5 for each additional baby. That said, I almost always baby sat or nannied for multiples so I usually had a set of twins or a set of twins and another sibling, or even a set of triplets.