Depends on where you live. What's the going rate? How old is she? What kind of experience does she have? How many children do you have that she'll be watching? Do you require anything of her other than just watching the kids (heavy cooking, heavy cleaning, laundry, etc) and basic things (preparing lunch, cleaning up spills/messes, diaper changes) that come with that job?
My girls have a babysitter one day a week for 5 hours. I pay her $8/hr. I have 2 girls (2 1/2 and 1) and for about half that time, they're asleep for their nap. She charges $7.50/hr for one kid or $8/hr for two. If I require anything above and beyond, or if she does something above and beyond (like if she does the dishes, etc), then I throw in a little extra. She's 17, so $8 tax free an hour is pretty good. We're in Metro-Detroit.
at 12:45 AM on Jul. 15, 2009