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How much should i pay my sitter?

From September 13th until November 8th, my sister has agreed to come to my house and watch my 12 week old and get my 5 year old on the bus. The hours are 6am until about 4pm. but only 3 days a week.... I told her we would pay her in a lump sum. You guys do the math! How much should i give her?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:26 PM on Aug. 31, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • Thats 10 hours a it would be apprx 30 hours per week.
    A nanny at a low pay scale would charge $10 per hour so that would be $300.00 per week.
    But she is your sister..would she offer you a disscount?
    At $8.00 per hour that would be $240.00 per week....I don't think I'd offer anything lower than that.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 12:31 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • I watched a child for 9 hours a day and was paid 150 a week. So that works out to 3.33 an hour and he was 3 years old. You need to pay her what you can afford to pay her, but if it helps when I babysit for no matter how long I make between 3 and 5 an hour and the mom that paid me 150 a week did b/c that is what was free in her budget for child care.

    Answer by coala at 12:36 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • I charge my sister $15 a day. I watch my nephew for 9 hours and she provides snacks and other things off and on.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 12:39 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • yeah i agree with kimberly
    i was going to say $10 an hour is pretty fair...

    Answer by elizabiza at 12:44 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • if you took your child to a day care, they only charge $3 per hour....
    $150 a week sounds fair

    Answer by BradensMom1026 at 2:10 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Give here whatever the going rate is in your area.

    Answer by HotMama330 at 2:17 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

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