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How much is the going rate for a babysitter per hour?

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Asked by trinsmom72207 at 9:00 AM on Oct. 12, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • About 10-15 dollars is about average where I live for HS girls.

    Answer by liss05 at 9:18 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • wow where do you live? Maybe that is average now, but wow that is a lot although I haven't babysat in a long time when I was a teen and I babysat the average was 2.50 per child an hour10-15 an hour baby I should pick up babysitting I would make almost more than hubby lol

    Answer by mommy5409 at 9:24 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I pay $2-$2.50 depends on if she is already sleeping when the babysitter gets here or not.

    $10-15 I hope is for like 5-7 hours!

    Answer by slynnb at 9:27 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I was thinking along the lines of $3-$4/hr but wasnt sure! I Live in Illinois and I have a couple jr high girls in mind but wanted to know what the going rate was. Thanks ladies!

    Answer by trinsmom72207 at 9:31 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • gosh I babysit a 2 year old 5 days a week from 7 till 4:30 and only get $75 a week it was $65 till i asked if she could give more (which i know they can affored it b/c they both drive nice cars she gets her nails done and goes to the massage place 3 times a month)

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • anywhere from 4 to 6 dollars my way

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I babysat for a couple and i would be at their house for about 5 hours at a time and they always gave me $100 and when they went out of town i would go feed there dog and they would give me $200

    Answer by mycheyl at 10:24 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • The going rate in our area is $5 for one child and $7 for 2. My daughter has never babysat for more than 2 kids at a time so I'm sure the rate would go up if there were more children involved.

    Answer by shanlaree at 11:02 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I think it can vary tremendously based on the ages and number of your children, the age of the sitter, the number of hours and frequency of the sitting job, etc. I had to work Saturdays for a while and I paid a college student $10/hour to watch two toddlers. I had an evening class for 6 weeks and I paid a college gradutae $10/hour with a guaranteed minimum of $35. If my children were older and my sitter was younger I would expect to pay considerably less. The $3 - $4 you have in mind sounds reasonable unless you have several young children, but if that is the case I would definitely recommend looking for an older sitter.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:15 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • it also depends how difficult your children are. when i was in high school (10 years ago). I was paid $20 to watch two kids for 3-4 hours on saturdays. The reason they had to pay so much is because there kids were horribly spoiled brats and no one would put themselves through that torture for less that $20. That was alot of money back them.

    Answer by momcandy5 at 11:32 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

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