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What is the going rate for a babysitter?

I have one four-year-old who is super easy.


Asked by mama_ang at 4:33 PM on May. 9, 2011 in General Parenting

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Answers (20)
  • You can check out the rate for your area at Look at some of the postings for jobs and those people looking for jobs. Most say what people charge/pay.

    Answer by whitepeppers at 5:05 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Is this for just a night out, or a regular daily thing? How old is the babysitter?

    Answer by gramsmom at 4:36 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • babysitter= I'm going out on a friday night, or babysitter= I work and need full or part time care?

    I'm paying $30 a day for a licensed in-home daycare.

    I haven't paid a night-time babysitter but around here it's about $8-$10 an hour.

    Answer by EgoTryptophan at 4:37 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • regular? Day or night? Licensed or just on the side? My sitter charges $20 a day and I pack her lunch. Anything after 7 is $30 packing lunch/dinner. She is not licensed. DD is 3.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:39 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • When we go out and have a college student watching mine we pay $7/hr (we have 5 kids, but we know her very well)

    Answer by missanc at 5:01 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Check the Internet but I would pay about $8 per hour. I only have one child, but the rates have gone up since we were kids!

    Answer by dwmom2008 at 5:21 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I pay my niece who is 14 five dollars an hour for my five year old and 2 year old. She doesn't clean up after them or I would pay more.

    Answer by lilmommy10805 at 7:30 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I don't know about the going rate anymore. I'm just now getting to a point where I feel comfortable leaving my children with a teen sitter. I figure since I want a quality sitter and I want one who is sort of loyal I will pay especially well, effectively guaranteeing that if there is competition my chosen sitter/sitters will choose to work for me over anyone else. Since my husband only actually need a sitter once a month or less I can afford to be generous. I pay $20 flat for the first 2 hours (certain they feel well-paid if that's all the longer I need them anyway) and then $5 an hour after that. So if my husband and I are gone 4 hours the sitter is paid $30. Not bad for a 14- or 15-year-old whose mother is just 4 blocks away.

    Answer by misses_nick at 10:08 AM on May. 10, 2011

  • For the occasional few hours with a high school student, I would say $5 an hour is good around here.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 10:27 AM on May. 10, 2011

  • Wow. $10 / hour for a babysitter is the norm here. For two or more kids, the rate usually goes up to $15/ hour. My husband and I rarely go out because it ends up being so crazy expensive! Luckily, we have family close by and whenever they offer to babysit, we take full advantage! :)

    Answer by MamaTL at 10:57 AM on May. 10, 2011