How much to pay a babysitter

Debbie - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My teenage daughters are starting to babysit but they do not know what the going rate is for babysitting these days.

They have both completed the Red Cross Babysitting course.

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Hope - posted on 10/23/2009

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Hi Debbie H. My name is Hope S I am a day care provider in New York, (county of Suffolk). Depending on where you live the going rates are different. If you can tell me where you live I can let you know what the rates are

Julie - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Debbie:

How much to pay a babysitter

My teenage daughters are starting to babysit but they do not know what the going rate is for babysitting these days.
They have both completed the Red Cross Babysitting course.


I think it probably depends on where you live. Out west (Montana, Idaho, Utah) it is typical to pay a babysitter a dollar an hour per child and then extra if you want them to do something like dishes, picking up or vacuuming.

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Sonia - posted on 03/30/2011

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I live in pa and someone just asked me If I can babysit their newborn baby from 5 am until 8pm the parents work in newyork how much should I charge them I have 4 kids of my own who goes 2 school, help please.

Coralanne - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi Debbie, I think $10.00 an hour would be enough for one child only. So happy baby sitting, tell your daughters have fun and well done. Love CC xoxoxxo

Karen - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have a 13 year old babysitter and I give her $5/hour. But I always round it off to the next even amount. For example, we were gone long enough to pay her $45 but I gave her $50.

Shannon - posted on 10/23/2009

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I would think on experience and also additional things they may be doing in your house would depend on their rate. I pay a sitter who just watches the children $10 per hour. When they go above and beyond $15 per hour.

Michelle - posted on 10/23/2009

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We pay $3 an hour for the 1st child, and $2 an hour for each additional child so $7 for a 7, 8 and 9 year old. I usually have dinner ready for them and pick them up and drop them off.

Maria - posted on 10/23/2009

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i have a 14 year old baby sitter who i pay 6$ a hour and i have 3 kids age 4,3, 18 months she is very good i really cant afford to pay alot more then that . i pay her most of the time 20$ for 3 hours.

Sara - posted on 10/23/2009

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The going rate around here is $5/hour/kid. Pretty expensive for us with 4 kiddos!! Guess that's why we don't get out much these days. Have you thought about swapping babysitting with a friend of yours to cut down on costs?

Lynda - posted on 10/22/2009

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I think it varies a lot depending on where you live and who you are babysitting for...I always ask my sitters what they charge and get answers all over the map. Have they asked their girlfriends what they are charging?

Teisha - posted on 10/22/2009

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We live in the country and I pay approximately $6 - $7 an hour for 2 children that are older, but I think if they are babysitting an actual baby then probably increase it $1 - $2 an hour.

Chris - posted on 10/22/2009

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I guess it depends on the area where you are, but were we live, my daughter receives about $5 hour for one child and @ $7/$8 an hour for 2. She too is certified and she is 16 and drives herself to the house.

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Most teenage sitters in my area charge $5 - 8 per hour, depending on number and ages of children to take care of.

Gwen - posted on 10/22/2009

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I pay my teenage babysitter about $5 an hour. Her parents taught her to accept whatever amount people are able to pay. She doesn't have a set rate.

Sue - posted on 10/22/2009

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wow times have changed. I never got more than $5 bucks 10-15 years ago.. That is obsurd. I would never pay some kid that much to watch my kids.. Who can afford that? :(

Kate - posted on 10/22/2009

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We have 4 kids and they are fairly young (8,5,3,8 mos.). We would pay $10 an hour for a newer babysitter and 12-15 for more experienced and helpful (cleaning up, supper, dishes, etc.). Just a starting point for you.

Amy - posted on 10/22/2009

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I would say that it is going to vary depending on the length of time and whether or not it is a holiday. After working childcare for over 10 years, paying at least $9 per hour is not too much to ask. If it is someone close to you, then adjust if you will. But teachers in my center who babysit do it for at least $9.

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