What do you pay a babysitter?

Kristi - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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What are the going rates for babysitting in your area? Does the pay depend on the age of the sitter? What about all-day babysitting like during Spring Break?

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Normally around 10 to fifteen dollars an hour,yes it does depend on the age of the babysitter if the babysitter is about 13 or fifteen years they will charge ten dollars for one kid, maybe about 15 for 12 for two and 15 for three, depending on the ages of the children

Vanessa - posted on 04/14/2009

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Quoting Susie:

I live in Texas, but grew up in Ohio, and i think that ten dollars an hour is outrageous!!!! Who can afford to pay that and go out! I think five dollars an hour is fair, and trading nights with another family is an even better idea!


 



I thought the same thing when I read the article however, I have heard of a lot of in home day cares that are charging that and more. I could never charge that much in good conscience and would never be able to afford it myself, which is why I just charge the flat rate. Now, I do charge extra when the child is old enough and needs to be supplied with my food. But I also give discounts to those parents who have more than one child. the economy and the commerical industries already make you feel as though you need to spend 1000's of dollars just to bring your child into this world, so I try to give parents a break. UNfortunately, I never get a break, but hey it helps for now. It helps us meet the bills we have (somewhat) and pretend ends meet until our SAVIOR comes back! Plus I love what I do!

Susie - posted on 04/14/2009

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I live in Texas, but grew up in Ohio, and i think that ten dollars an hour is outrageous!!!! Who can afford to pay that and go out! I think five dollars an hour is fair, and trading nights with another family is an even better idea!

Angela - posted on 04/14/2009

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I live in oregon. I am not sure wht the going rate is but I pay $3 an hour. My sitter is a grandma and will watch my daughter anytime. We are very blessed.

Mandi - posted on 04/11/2009

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I live in Mississippi and I don't pay anything for daycare. I am a WAHM and that's why I chose to stay at home. I have a 9 yr old son and when my twin girls were born we quickly realized that we couldn't afford daycare, so we decided that I would stay at home and raise my own kids. I had always wanted to be a stay at home mom. We started our own home business and love it. If you would like to check out our business please visit our website at www.workathomeunited.com/mandjmccraw. I will only take up about 30 min. of your time.

Vanessa - posted on 04/07/2009

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I am a babysitter, but I charge a very small fee.(12 a day for up to 6 hours)  I read an article in Babytalk which you should be able to find on their web page that gives the rate of pay for each area. Rural areas are 2 dollars cheaper. The best advice I would say is to always neg. Depending on hours that you are gone and how freq. you need a sitter should help you decide how much to pay someone. I know people who babysit that ask for a flat fee(usually the best way to go) and others that charge the going rate (in Akron/Canton it is 7-10/hr) Hope this helps

Monica - posted on 04/06/2009

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I am in Northern COlorado and from what I have heard the teens are charging $2/ hour per child.   I have a hard time paying a babysitter more than they would be making if they could be working.  Especially since most of the girls I would use aren't old enough to get a job.  My in laws are only about 30 minutes away and we have great neighbors that are willing to trade so we haven't paid a babysitter in a very long time.

Cheryl- Chris - posted on 04/06/2009

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It is very rare that we pay a babysitter- both of our parents are within 45 minutes of us. Because we live in a rural area of New York, and it is a very depressed area, I have set the pay for our "girls". I base it upon how long we will be gone, if meals will be fixed, how much trouble my boys gave her, and if she did any "extra" work- without being asked. Because my husband is the only one bringing in the income, we have never paid more than $20.00. That amount is not alot until you consider that we don't go out to movies or eat out. And take into consideration we are living on a gross income of about $28,000.00- give or take. Also, because of our situation, our girls know we would love to pay more, but can't. (My husband is also currently a full-time student). I had a single mother ask me to babysit her son last fall. I told her that I did not want to hurt her $$$$$$$$ by babysitting Darien, but I did want to be paid something. I had her call around and ask what some of the local daycares where charging. We mutually agreed that $20.00/ day was manageable and fair. (Circumstances on her end made it so I only watched him one day.)





I have found that it really does depend on what area of the country you live.

Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2009

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Kristi,



Too funny...I am the next town over..Sparta!



It sounds like we have both found really good girls to babysit for us.



It is amazing how God works for us and answers our prayers in little ways that we don't see coming. When we pray and we are asking God to help us, we expect it to come in certain ways and when He does answer them, most Christians don't don't see that He has because He didn't answer the prayer the way they wanted Him. But give him the praise in everything He does! It is great that He is working miracles for you hun!

Teresa - posted on 04/02/2009

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Wow, I guess I've had it pretty good!!  I live in BC, Canada and I have a couple of homeschool girls locally who babysit for me when I need and they always charge $5 an hour.  My kids are 3, 2 and 10 months.  I never really questioned the rate but I guess I should be very appreciative : )  They are wonderful with the kids and probably deserve more than what I am paying.  I'll have to be sure to get them bigger B-day gifts this year....

Teresa - posted on 04/02/2009

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Wow, I guess I've had it pretty good!!  I live in BC, Canada and I have a couple of homeschool girls locally who babysit for me when I need and they always charge $5 an hour.  My kids are 3, 2 and 10 months.  I never really questioned the rate but I guess I should be very appreciative : )  They are wonderful with the kids and probably deserve more than what I am paying.  I'll have to be sure to get them bigger B-day gifts this year....

Kristi - posted on 04/01/2009

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Jennifer ~ I'm in Cookeville.  Sounds like you may be too :) 



I actually talked to the girl's mom and she said that she thinks I paid her way too much for 'babysitting'.  I was looking at it like, ok if she was working she would be making more than that & I wanted to make sure I didn't underpay her.  I wish from the get-go I would've just asked what she charges.  I know many people where I live that would babysit on a Saturday for $45.00/day if you didn't mind them going to a park or running a few errands.  I think I said this earlier, but I work every Saturday for $50.00 + commission selling cars for my dad.  I've done this since I came home from college, and even though I have a good job now and don't really 'need' the extra money.  It's still EXTRA MONEY.  Most days I do make commission, but there are still lots of days that I only make $50, but my son comes with me, I can do work for my other job when there are no customers.  It's pretty much like I'm at home except I can't leave.  Sort of like babysitting, in my opinion.  And I am a working mom that makes well more than that at my 'real' job, but I still do it, so I don't see why a teenager wouldn't babysit all day for some EXTRA MONEY. 



But again, I didn't want to underpay her b/c it was the first time.  She is CPR certified and has 3 yrs. experience in childcare, lifeguarding, and is even certified to teach preschool swim lessons, so I went with the $40.00.  I did tell her that I wasn't sure if I could pay her that every time, so if I decided to go down that she wouldn't be disappointed, so....



But I was reassured by her mom when she said that she just loves children, and she knows that sometimes ppl. fall on hard times.  That sometimes she babysits for their single-mom neighbor and won't let her pay her.  So, I think that she is a keeper, and as long as I can afford it, I will pay her $5/hr.  But if she was interested in more for the summer, I would have to go down b/c I could get cheaper daycare from where I go now.  I think that she will be excellent for a every-once-and-a-while sitter. 



I also coached her little brother this year and spent some extra time with him after practice and on off-practice days and their parents have asked me to give him private coaching this summer and offered to pay.  So, I beleive that God has blessed us with each other all around!

Robin - posted on 04/01/2009

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i'm glad someone brought this up--it's something i have been wondering. i am trying to find a teenager to babysit my 3 kids every other saturday when i am at work. i know when i babysat as a teen, i only got $2 an hour! i was sure it had gone up, but not sure how much. i couldn't afford childcare so, i have my mom or a friend of mine watching my son through the week, but i need someone every other saturday because the current situation is not reliable or something i am comfortable with. i make a decent hourly wage, but i only work part time and am a single mom, so i can't spend a fortune to pay a sitter! i live in Kansas, so i hope rates are lower here. i was guessing $5/an hour, so for my saturday at work, i figured around $45 for the day. now i just have to find a teenager...

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I live in Los Angeles, and I wish I could find some reliable person to watch my 2 kids for $10/hr. The cheapest you can find is $15/hr but most are $20/hr and it is hard to find english speaking people. I have 2 kids a very easygiong 2 1/2 yr old girl and a 9 month old boy. I used to have a girl in her early 20's that I paid $15/hr, but I was almost always home (my boy had some health problems and I wanted to be the one to take care of him) my nanny also cleaned my house like a maid. It was an amazing deal at $15/hr.

Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2009

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Kristi,



Where in Middle Tennesse...I am as well....smake dab between Nashville and Knoxville...lol! I know before getting back into the daycare in my home again I called everyone around just to see what the rates where and the most was $130 for FT and the lady is actually in a house that she remodeled to suit the daycare needs.



With the girl we have, about every 3 months we will sit down with her and ask her if she feels that she needs more money and it gives us a chance to see where she is coming from and her true feelings. But with us and she knows, we don't leave extra money for her to call for a pizza or anything like that because I am really (and forgive me for this word and I pray it does not offend anyone) anal about those type of things. I do not want her opening the door for anyone for nothing. They do go outside in our backyard sometimes but we have a private fence put up so that no one can see in nor get in. But we have went to the movie store and gotten movies for them to watch and we are huge on board games and mostly she gets in the floor and plays those with the kids. She knows that she is welcomed to anything in our house aside from our bed...lol, and just my thoughts, we are opening our home to her, it might be totally different if we was taking our kids to her house or someone else's house but this is our home. I know the begining of this year she started dating a guy and so forth and of course on Saturday's she wanted to spend it with him, but if we needed her and she came...we would always give her about $10 extra. I don't totally agree with Ally in that the more you pay them, the better they will be. I honestly feel it is in how you treat them. If you say you will be back around 10 and you show up at 12...she might not show back up. We have always gotten back on time or at least 30 at max of being late.



But just sit down with her and ask what she feels would be a fair pay for the 3 days/week. But at the same time sorta remind her, she is at your home, eating your food and so forth.



HTH!

Kristi - posted on 03/30/2009

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Thanks, Jennifer.  I am in Middle Tennessee, and I think that there is an obvious difference depending on the region.  It is good to hear that I'm not the only one paying that rate.  When my son used to go five days a week, I was paying $69.00/week, which is pretty cheap where I live.  But the rates for a full-time daycare are not normally higher than $125.00 - $150.00/wk.  max.  So, I felt like $40 for one day was okay. She was also at my house.  I told her there was food there to eat, but I left her $10.00 in case she wanted to go get icecream or anything.  My little boy just told me today that she took him to Wal-mart and bought him some chicken and a train, and she left $5.00 of what I gave her, so I thought that was nice of her.   So now I'm wondering, what if I need her again for only 4 hours.  Should I stick with the $5.00/hr? What about this summer, maybe 3 days/week? What do you think?

Liz - posted on 03/30/2009

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I live in the Los Angeles area in California. Mostly I think the going rate is $10/hr for my three year old and a one year old. I do think it's best to befriend another couple who you can trade with. You babysit their kids and they can do the same for you so you can have a Date Night with your hubby. You gain a friendship and your kids will enjoy learning in socializational skills. :)

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2009

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Kristi,



I live in Tennessee and usually no one goes by the hour but rather the week. I use to have a daycare in my home and starting in May will be doing that again. I had to put it off because the state has changed a bunch of things. But the usual rate here is 6 weeks till potty trained it is around $80 - $95 a week. Potty trained toddlers is $75 - $85 a week, and the older children is $75 or less. That inculdes breakfast, lunch and 1 snack.



We have a girl from our church and bless her heart she has watched our children for a little over a year now and we just love her to death, but if she watches our kids all day...least most of the day, Saturday, we pay her $50 for that day for both of our kids. We always make sure there is food here for our kids and her as well and she always cleans the house up if they make a mess. She has been God sent for us tho, I tell ya! I can't see paying a teenage girl no $80 or higher just for the day, especially if they come to my home and they are eating my food that I have bought. She actually wanted us to pay her just $30 for the day as she felt guilty taking the $50...but finally made her accept it. If she comes and watches them for just a few hours at night, so that we can go have dinner we usually pay her $20. I know that sounds cheap, but we also only have one income as of right now and she knows that once I start earning money she will be getting more, but for the most part she is just happy to be getting that. She is truly a happy go luck girl that we can trust no matter what.

Jenn

Kristi - posted on 03/30/2009

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I agree with what you posted Ally.  I have a decent paying job, but my husband is out of work right now, so my income pays all the bills.  His  mother is very sick right now, and certain days he has to sit with her, but I don't want my son there because of her illnesses.  I also work a 2nd job 2 days/wk. for only $50.00/day with a possibility of commission.  My son is allowed to go with me to that job, and I am allowed to do other things when are no customers, like get on FaceBook :), so I look at it as easy work for 50 extra dollars!  I guess that is how I look at paying a babysitter also.  The girl I used is CPR certified as well, she works in childcare and lifeguards, which made me also wonder if I should pay her more.  I worked in childcare at a gym when I gradutated highschool and only made 6.50/hour, so I thought 5.00 was ok for babysitting one child.  If it was only for a few hours at night, I would probably pay more to compensate for her time.  I wouldn't just pay 15.00 for 3 hours. 

Ally - posted on 03/30/2009

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well fortunately my husband and i both have well paying jobs...his job pays the bills and i work as needed to keep my nursing license current. i think that for sure if you make more money you should pay the sitter more. i have found that the better compensated they are (esp teenagers) the better job they do not only with the kids but with having the toys picked up and the house the way i left it. i have also never not once had aproblem finding a sitter even at the very last minute and a lot of my friends have and i really believe that it's bc we always make it worth their while. any sitter we use is also first aid and cpr certified so we feel they should be paid more than someone without that knowledge. in my opinion you can't really put a price on excellent child care.

Kristi - posted on 03/30/2009

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I know people that work at the local health dept. that make less than 10 dollars an hour.  I can see if you are going to have someone babysit at night once a month for a few hours to pay them 30.00.  But for a highschool student to babysit during the summer while you go to work everyday, 80.00 a day would be too much in my opinion.  If you make 15.00/hr, you would only be working for 5.00/hour and probably couldn't pay your bills. 



The reason I asked this question was b/c of a situation I recently had come up.  My 4 yr.old son goes to a local Mom's Day Out program at a church 2 days a week, 8:30 - 2:30, for $15.00/day.  One of the teachers keeps a few children at her home on the other days, so he goes there 2 days a week 8-4, $13.00/day.  So I pay $56.00 for four days of daycare.  Recently something came up and I had to find a sitter at the last moment.  I found a 17 yr old girl who works at the YMCA in the childcare who knows my son.  Now, I knew I could not pay her 13.00 for the whole day.  The other lady accepts this b/c she is keeping 5 or 6 other children, making 70-80 dollars/day.  So, I didn't know what to pay her.  What should parents do if they only make 8.00/hour when they go to work?  If you make more than that, does that mean that you should pay a babysitter more?  I ended up paying the girl $40.00 ($5.00/hr, which I thought was reasonable) and she seemed to be very appreciative.  She probably makes around 6-8/hr at the YMCA, but I gave her permission to work on homework, use the phone and tv, and run a few errands with my son...things she wouldn't be able to do while at work.  I know that when I was in highschool I would've been glad to babysit all day for $40. 

Rebekah - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Beckie:

Rebekah I am in Monroe. And clearly a bargain for parents!! lol


  I'm in the Flint area, if you was closer, ha, I'd pay for you to babysit! :)

Ally - posted on 03/30/2009

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as a person who has babysat many children and now as a mom...i never made less than ten dollars an hour and that is what we pay our sitter....i work only one day a week and every other weekend and from 7-3:30 we pay our sitter around 80-90 dollars for the day. and from talking to other moms around where i live (delaware) that seems to be a fairly standard rate...(our daughter is one and it seems that rates go down a little when they are in the preschool age range and not as time consuming

Rebekah - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Beckie:

I live in Michigan....I babysit 3-4 toddlers in my home. I charge $3 per hour. Which includes lunch. I thought that was pretty close to daycare rates. Now I wonder if I am too low?!?? lol Or should move to Denver.


Where in Michigan are you?

Rebekah - posted on 03/30/2009

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I live in Michigan - daycare rates are outrageous.  But we pay for a babysitter every now and then, just a few hours in the evening for mom and dad to go out, we pay $5/hour, plus we give a little extra to the teen for their time.  If it's an all day adventure, we pay $10 per hour, per child is what the sitter charges.

Beckie - posted on 03/30/2009

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I live in Michigan....I babysit 3-4 toddlers in my home. I charge $3 per hour. Which includes lunch. I thought that was pretty close to daycare rates. Now I wonder if I am too low?!?? lol Or should move to Denver.

Heather - posted on 03/29/2009

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We live in Denver CO, so babysitting rates are high.... really high. To get a sitter to come to our home the average rate is $10 per child per hour. We usually call someone that we know who only babysits for us and she charges $5 an hour flat rate, plus we give her money to order pizza for her and the kids. The best thing that we have done is that we have a baby sitting trade. I watch a boy while his dad works and in return he watches our kids while we go out on dates. Babysitters are so expensive it's best to find some connections with people you already know and trust.

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