(Closed) What’s the going rate for babysitters in your area?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

NYC: $15/hour, mostly college grads.  Some charge $20/hour, but we don’t use them.  All ask for cab fare home.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would start at $10/hr.  D’aw, I wish I could babysit again.  Hah.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

$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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

WOW, I never got more than minimum wage, haha!!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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.

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