What is the going rate for an adult babysitter these days?

Deana M. - posted on 02/23/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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A friend of mine asked me to watch her 6 yr old for 2 hours 2 days a week. She asked what a reasonable hourly rate would be to pay me. I have no idea since I havent babysat for $ since high school. My husband asked the women in his office and they all said 10/hr but I kind of felt like that was so much money. Anyone out there babysit that can help me?

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Renee - posted on 02/26/2011

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i pay my babysitter 10 as well. it doesnt seem like a hard job to us because we watch them all the time. my daughter is around her babysitters all the time its either her aunt or my friend of 15 yrs that watches her. the whole time shes with them she cries and acts completely different than if its her father and i with her. 2hrs 2days 20bucks a day is nothing, and it helps you a little as well

Gena - posted on 02/23/2011

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I think it depends on where you live, but I pay $10/hour for a 21 year old to watch my almost-4 year old!

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