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What do I pay a sitter?

I am taking a class twice a week for 4 hours each. I have a different sitter for each night. I have 2 children, one 13 and one 8, but really only the 8 yr old will need watching. The hours would be 515 til around 945 at night. Any ideas? I asked both girls and they said whatever I saw fit to pay them.I need a ballpark please...

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Asked by jajumommy2000 at 4:38 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • $5 an hour is normal. considering it's just shy of minimum wage...

    that would be 22.50 a night, or you could round up to $25.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • Have no idea where you live, but I live in a small town and sometimes thins are cheaper around here, but I would pay $20.

    Answer by ria7 at 4:40 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • We pay $8 per hour for sitters who are college-aged...

    Answer by stepmom929 at 4:40 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I don't know about where you are. Here in San Antonio I can't get a sitter for less than $6 bucks an hour. some are as much as $8. The best ones are $8-9 an hour.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:41 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I think high school students would probably be paid less than college students also...

    Answer by stepmom929 at 4:42 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • GrnEyedGrandma...I have heard that it is that expensive other places. I only pay $20 - $25 for 1 child to have someone watch her all day. I would never be able to have a sitter if it was $9/hr!!!!

    Answer by ria7 at 4:42 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • Sry, I live in a small, 20000, college town. These are both college girls from my old sorority house when I went there.

    Answer by jajumommy2000 at 4:48 PM on Feb. 10, 2009


    There's a rate calculator based on what other moms are paying their kids. I think you can also add in the sitter's age and experience level into the calculator.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 7:10 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • 10 years ago, I would make $10 an hour (that is not what I asked for, but rather what was offered) on Long Island, in the ritzier neighborhoods. I haven't babysat someone else's kids for cash in about that long.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:38 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I would pay $25.00

    Answer by mommiedear at 1:07 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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