The Babysitting Guide: Babysitting Cost

Find out about pay rates for babysitters

Babysitting fees can quickly run up the cost of an evening out, but the expense is well worth the rejuvenation. If you haven't thought about babysitting fees since you were a babysitting teen, here are some factors that impact rates.

According to a recent USA Today article, babysitters make an average of $10 per hour. But this number varies depending on:

  • Where you live -- Cost of living is an issue no matter the job title. Babysitters in big cities will get paid more than babysitters in small towns. If you live near Boston, visit our Boston Babysitters page to see what the average pay is for sitters in the area. Similarly, if you live in California, visit the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Babysitters pages to see what the rates are so you can compare.
  • Amount of experience -- The more experience, the higher the wage. A teenager with no experience is on the low end, while a mature sitter with extensive experience and certifications is at the top of the spectrum.
  • Number and age(s) of children -- If you have more than one child, expect to pay $2 to $5 more an hour for each additional child. This range reflects variability in the care giving required for each child (see below).
  • Activities -- Does your sitter need to take your child (or children) to appointments (e.g., doctor, music lesson, soccer practice)? Does the sitter have any special tutoring skills that they will use to help your child (say, piano lessons)? If so, bump up the wage.
  • Time of day -- Will your child (or children) be awake or asleep during the sitter's hours? Does the sitter have to feed the kids dinner? If the sitter is basically just house watching (and you feed, bathe, and put the child to bed before the sitter arrives), then pay less.
  • Special needs -- If your child has special needs that require skilled interaction or involvement, increase the wage. Care.com has its own list of Special Needs Babysitters and Special Needs Nannies that may have the specific certifications and experiences your family needs.
  • Special training (e.g. CPR or First Aid) -- Pay accordingly for the peace of mind associated with securing a sitter who is CPR-certified.
  • Housekeeping -- The first priority should be child care, but if your kids are at an age where they play independently, or your sitter is there largely while the kids are asleep, pay extra if the sitter is willing to do light housekeeping.
  • Transportation -- Help your sitter with transportation (gas money, cab or local transport, ride home).

If you're still uncertain as to the fairness of your final estimate, ask your friends what they are paying their sitters and also ask your sitter directly about their compensation expectations. You can also use the Care.com Babysitter Pay Calculator to see what the average rate is in your town. If you want to use this rate, we suggest adding the Babysitting Pay Calculator Widget to your blog or in any messages you send to a potential sitter so the pay rate in your area is known.

Good babysitters can be tough to come by; if you find one, hang onto her/him by compensating accordingly.

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Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned parent and writer about parenting issues for Care.com. She is also the editor of BostonMamas.com.

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Comments (57)
Bridget
I'm currently watching a 2 yr old from 8 til 530 m to f and also his two older siblings 6 and 10 from 2 to 530. I have 2 children of my own. How much should I be paid weekly? I curgently o ly make 50
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Ginny K
Kelly, $25 a week??? More like underpaid!!! I've a question, my daughter basically just watch an 8 yr old once in a while but for like 6 hours each time. She gets paid $5.00 per hour, I say it's not enough. What do you say?
Posted: October 04, 2014 at 11:49 PM
cgal
I see most of the posts here are from sitters and not the employers but I really feel that some of these babysitters regardless of where you live are grossly underpaid. I'm an RN so I know how important safety is when looking for a sitter and incorporate that into how much I'm willing to pay. Currently, I pay someone to watch my 3 children ages 3, 9, & 14 $100/day for a 10 hour day. Granted my 14 year old pretty much cares for himself but still, the adult is responsible for him while under their watch. I think that this is a fair price because they are mostly watching my 3 year old, which my 9 year old pretty much "mothers" in every way, it's just her nature. That comes out to $10/hr and after reviewing responsibilities both agreed upon. I also bring them all meals and snacks. I've paid for licensed daycare before and that was way more expensive, these are family friends that are sitting but I wouldn't take advantage and pay them any less then this. Ultimately, me and my husband both work so the cost isn't as much an issue as the safety of our kids and the environment they are in. Because we prefer them to be in a Christian home our friends ended up being the best option for us but I think all babysitters should be paid well for taking care of the most important "little" people in our lives. I would say to talk to your employer and try to work something out that benefits both parties. Providing sitting for $5/hr or less I feel is unacceptable and the parents wanting to pay for such dirt cheap care should feel horrid for paying such low rates. As someone else mentioned, if you can't afford it, there are subsidized programs that will help offset the cost, such as CCRC, don't be ashamed to use them. Back when I was still a college student & couldn't afford childcare I received help from a subsidized child care program that paid my sitter directly. If you are a sitter I would promote this option, you might get paid better by the program and contrary to popular belief you do not need to be a licensed caregiver or center to be compensated by a state program such as CCRC. The person I chose to be my babysitter through CCRC was my neighbor, we made an arrangement and it all worked out well for us. She just went in, signed a few papers and did finger printing. If you're scared to do a fingerprint background check due to a shady past then maybe this isn't the best option (or field of work) for you. Hope this helps sitters and payers alike. Just my 2 cents :)
Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:21 AM
Kelli
I get paid $25 a week. I watch a 9 year old with ADHD. I help her with homework. Every Tuesday I keep her until 9 pm and I cook her dinner. I have 14 years of experience and a 3 year old of my own. I'm also a full time student. Does anyone think I'm getting paid enough?
Posted: September 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM
Royale
I watch 4 kids, age ranging in order 4 month old which I charge $26 a day for, a 5 year old part time which I charge $24 a day, another 5 year old and his sister 9yrs old I also work part time with which the parent pay me $50each a day . So the pay Is definitely awesome . I do charge $5 late fees for every 15minutes late for pickup .
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM
kristy
I have two kids of my own 5 and 7 a friend of mine is wanting me to watch her 2 yr old from 6 pm to 8 am I'm wanting to know a decent price to charge her
Posted: September 04, 2014 at 1:24 PM
Laura H.
Hi I have a question I have a one year old and 3.5 years old .. How much should I pay a babysitter per hour .. She just play with them .. No experience she is 16 .. I need to teach her how to feed the baby and how to change him..
Posted: August 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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Rebeca P.
I think that most of the parents upset about the range they forgot than we are care givers, we wento to college, got a degree in child development, some of us even specialized, I'm specialist in infant and toddlers, bilingual, we swim, cook, keep the kids clean and healthy, and the most most important we love them... Because most of us are in this no just because of the money, but we love your kids!
Yes, I understand that some parents have low income... so go to CCRC and get free child care... with more than 20 kids on classrooms and teacher don't even care if they eat or some other stuff... they get bullied (I was a teacher on a center)as you said... they pay so little, and the responsibilities are so many...
When you hire a personal care giver, you are paying for that! someone that will work one on one with your kid, and think about it... its a big deal, you can see the results on your kids, how often they get sick? dos they loss weigh? does they get diaper rash??? Please! we are professionals, we invested money and time in our careers and if you cant pay for something like this... as you said, there are day cares :)
And of course its higher the rate if you work taking care of one child on their place... Girls please.... don't let our work be looking as something not important... don't let this job get under paid. Believe me! ask the parents if they will stay in a job that gives more responsibilities and more work for the same payment??? we aren't maids... this is 2014 and if some families don't get it... don't work with them! get educated families, they understand, because they know that we are professionals .
Posted: August 21, 2014 at 2:57 AM
Mialb
I was hired to take care of a 1 year old wile the mom was on maternity leave of her 2nd baby , she said I'll pay you $350 for taking care of 1st son and when I take a shower watch the other baby and 40 hours a week. She started work a month ago and now I take care of the 2 kids, and she keeps on changing my schedule , she didn't increase the money ,, and sometimes she ask me to stay an extra hour and don't pay extra. I go to her house. I know she makes about $40 an hour and her husband doble it. I really like them and love the kids but I have my own kids and the changing on the schedule is getting me frustrated . I'm about to quit . I don't know if I should. I live in north jersey.any advice ? Thank you
Posted: August 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM
sierra
Just curious if people charging ten dollars or better an hour are filing taxes. At ten dollars an hour you are now making over half of what I make an hour except I am paying in taxes social security and what not. So at the end of the year I would be making sure it is noted I pay out a large chunk of money to my sitter. Which would require your claiming your income. I am sure some of you are but all of this needs to be taken into consideration. Ten dollars an hour under the table is questionable.
Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Aleela G.
So I plan to charge $3 an hour per child for my baby sitting services and $5.50 for tutoring services, so is this too much? Too little? If the child is special needs, or if I have to bring them to appointments, I'll ask for a dollar more per hour, but otherwise my rates are solid.
Posted: August 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM
ashmcin
To Nick-E: THAT AMOUNT IS WAY TOO LOW. You are getting paid about $1.75 an hour... I would say you need to raise your prices about $500. You work 60-ish hours a week. Babysitters average $10/hr. You are also taking care of an infant and cooking/cleaning. I'm estimating about $650/week
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Nick-e
Hi there, so I have been babysitting a six-month old seven days 8.5 to nine hours a day and I get paid 150 a week, I also cook and clean do you think this amount is way too low what do you think I should charge? Oh and I also have to drive to their house takes it takes me 25 minutes there & 25 minutes back to home so 50 minutes per day, gas is $40 per week! Please what do you guys think?
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Liv
I work 11 hours a day for $6.81/hr. That comes to $6.81(4 days)= $300 a week.
I babysit/nanny for a 2 & a 5 year old. I cook/feed them, change them, clean the house and take care of their dog as well.
I drive to and from their house as well.
Is $6.81/hr enough?
If not, how should I go about asking for money?
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM
Rachel
I am a babysitter with 10+ years of experience living in Toronto. Some of these prices are ridiculous! I guess it all depends where you live.. When I was babysitting in my teens I charged $10/hr and now in my twenties I charge between $12-$20 depending on the situation! $5 an hour is unheard of here. That is way below minimum wage (which is $11 in Ontario.)

Remember this: You are entrusted with a child's life. You deserve to be paid the amount you feel you deserve for the amount of work that you do. $5/hr or $10/day means that your employer does not value your important service of taking care of their child. Charge more! if you are working full time, you should come up with a weekly salary discussed between you and your employer. I left a job because she would only pay me $11/hr for full time work, no vacation, no transportation help. NO WAY!
Posted: July 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM
Amber
Looking to see what any of you babysitters charge for this situation:

My 2.5 year old is potty trained. We are starting her with a sitter in a few weeks. 2 days/week 730-430. What would you charge per day? If it makes a difference, we live in Columbia, sc.
Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Bethany
I am a school teacher and offered to watch a friend's 2 kids for an entire week (7days)while they are on vacation over the summer. Does anyone have some input on what I should charge?
Thanks in advance :)
Posted: April 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM
Mamasitter
I would like to know how much to charge for caring for an infant and thy would include changing diapers, at times bathing the baby, changing clothing, feeding the baby by bottle and spoon. And it it's from 8-10 hours a day how much would you charge for that? I feel more like a nanny!! I also have kids of my own that I have to deal with. I'd love and appreciate any feedback or opinions.
Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Shaun
So I'm a live in baby sitter but I'm only getting $100 dollars a week. I am attending to a two year old who is still in pampers. I feel like I should be making more? The parents work 40+ hours a week and go and come as they please without even letting me know in advance. Just wondering if anyone else is a live in and how much they make?
Posted: March 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM
Dom
Wow this cant be real!!! 5$ an hour seriously!!! Well I charge 10$ and hour and depending on gas expenses usuallly an extra 20$ also 2$ more for additional children...with that being said I am a certified preschool teacher but also a college student...who in the world would watch children for such a low price I have always baby sat since I was 16 and then I charded 8$ now at 23 I'm strongly considering going up on my prices!!!!
Posted: March 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Kendra
If I Babysit From Home For Close Friends one Who Had 4 kids Ages 9-3 also A Friend who has 2 kids also 2-3 what would be a good price to charge we don't live in a rich neighborhood none of us are rich lol we lie pay check to pay check so I don't want to over charge them I would be changing pampers pretty much all day cooking and playing with the kids as week
Posted: March 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Kevin
Some of these rates are rediculously low. $10 a day! I'm a 15 year old guy and have about three years experience. I charge a flat rate of $3/hr then $2/hr per child. That adds up to $40 a day and $200 if I worked full time (40hrs/week). I usually just work single nights on weekends, and I think if you're working during the week and doing additional chores charge should be considerably increased. But as many previous posts have stated, it does depend on where u live. I personally live in the suburbs in St. Louis, MO.
Posted: February 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM
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Angela H.
the going rate in missouri is 10 an hour!
Posted: February 09, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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Taylor H.
Its a little different if the babysitter isn't having to do any driving, but then again you have to consider if they are paying to feed your child as well. If you want the best care for your child, be willing to pay a decent amount. Nobody wants to be screwed over, not even babysitters/nannys
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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Taylor H.
I think 5-6 an hour is a reasonable price to pay a babysitter if they come to you everyday making it so you don't have to drive your children anywhere and there is more than one child they are watching. Also if you have a babysitter that is willing to help clean up the house for you as well then you're quite lucky paying that much in my opinion. Especially if they are picking your child up or taking your child to school.
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 3:52 PM
Tammy M.
A family wants me to watch there 3 kids their house or mine 7, 5 and a 17 month old, while they go to Mexico gor 5 days. how much do you charge the week? How much for a flate rate???
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 3:40 AM
Kelsey
I have been watching a friend of the families child one maybe two times a week for an average of 3.5 hours at a time .. the little girl is 21 months old .. still on bottle, in diapers, and comes hungry and with a dirty diaper every time I get her .. I pick her up and drop her off when asked . She told me to log my hours and will pay me when she gets paid.. her partner made a comment to me about $3 an hour but I personally think that is a slap in the face ... I am 25 with a vehicle located in central minnesota what should I ask for ?
Posted: December 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Victoria E.
My babysitter charges 3.50 an hour. Which works for me as I work 25 hours a week at 14.00 an hour. Now granted I work in Green Bay WI and after talking to many babysitters who work out of their home that is the common rate around here. I think people need to realize people commenting on here aren't all from your area. If I lived in DC I'd get paid a lot more for the same job and could pay a babysitter a lot more. So keep location in mind people when you read others posts. Also remember it's different costs for at your house or at their house, a company daycare, or a few hours for someone to watch your kid. Personally if I need a night or after work sitter I ask family. i don't trust people. If I had to pay more then I will work more to have the right person watch my child. Their are some selfis sick people out there guard your children. Also remember to shop around and confirm the price your getting is fair...some ppl are greedy and you need that money to feed, clothe, and put a roof over that little ones head too.
Posted: November 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM
Samantha P.
I have a question if I'm going to be watching a 21 month old and a 10 year old part time .... Is $8 an hr good enough?
Posted: November 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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Dorine M.
Hi! I need some advice. I have babysitted my younger brothers and sisters but l don't know if l can take it like exprerience because recently l was hiring like babysitting to watch 4 kids and to do the housekeeping when the mother would be travel. My question is:
How much can l ask per hour for my pay because l don't really know. Thanks
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Posted: November 05, 2013 at 12:34 AM
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Kimberly M.
jj: okay so you're working 45 hours a week and get paid $4.44/hr? hmm very questionable in my opinion. I think that is very little pay for the amount of household chores plus taking care of a 1 year old child.
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM
ale
I'm a babysitter I'm been staying over night and half of the next day. I will be watching 3 kids 5, 3 and almost 2 year old . I will be preparing meals etc... my experince that I have is almost 6 years working with kids. So how much should I charge?
Posted: October 28, 2013 at 3:05 AM
jj
I'm 27 years old.. I have years of experience. I babysit a 1 yr old and I've been babysitting him since he was 9 weeks. I watch him in their home and I'm there from 730 am to 430 pm Monday- Friday and get paid $200 a week. I also do housework like vaccum,wash clothes and anything else needing to be done. Should I be receiving more money or is that reasonable?
Posted: October 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM
Aelezes
R u getting paid 20 dollars an hour or a day? If its a day then they r out of their minds paying that. I wouldn't do it they can find somebody ESLE. But if u need the money then don't complain, jobs r hard to come by, but at the same time don't let nobody make a fool out of u. Talk to them about the pay an hour n c where that goes. Really up to u. Good luck
Posted: October 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM
Melanie
A lot of people here are forgetting one point. Babysitting kids for one night here and there and babysitting kids everyday of the week is a huge difference! If I need a night out, I agree that $10/hour is a fair wage. However, if I would need a babysitter for the entire week, never in the world I would pay $10/hour. Why should I? A good school daycare in my area (Ft.Lauderdale) charge $37/day. You have to be realist! If I make $15/hour, how could I afford to pay $10/hour. You want my whole clean paycheck? That doesn't make sense. I would rather stay home. You guys have to see the difference!!! Go and work in a daycare and you won't even make $8/hour.
Posted: October 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Jackie G.
To all you nannies I think that each case depends on the circumstances the family is in. Being an all day caregiver is a very rewarding but difficult job. To the people who think it is unnatural to charge 10.00 an hour you really need to reexamine your own career and ask yourself would you stay at a job where you are being asked to be in full control of another HUMAN BEINGS LIFE and then say sure I will work for 5.00 an hour!!! Being a caregiver is not just being a babysitter. You are the temporary acting parent while the mother and father are not present. Its not easy but like I said it could be very rewarding. So just be aware that this is your time your giving of.
Posted: September 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Bri
Your all nuts.... I think $5 per hour is pushing it a little, especially if you have to drive across town to take your child to the babysitter. It's childcare... if you don't like the low wages then get another job that pays more. How the hell are the parents supposed to actually MAKE any income for their home? I pay $5 per hour for my 5 month old. But the only reason I'm ok with this is because my husband has a great job with a high pay and only goes to work every other week. I feel so sorry for the single parents with a minimum wage paying job that needs a sitter but has to pay $5-$6 per hour and sometimes sitters want that wage per child. Are you guys psychotic? That's rape!! If your making $10 per hour and having to pay $5 per hour to a sitter, your technically making less than your sitter considering the taxes coming out of your checks. It's not right. Get a grip sitters, you should be so lucky to hang around our wonderful children in the first place. And ya know, in interview with the parents, if you don't like what your hearing then don't take the job instead of taking the job... getting yourself stressed out then bitching about it later. It's a two way street ya know. I've loved all my sitters. But that's because there has always been communication. Some parents just can't pay as much as all of you are asking. Thank the universe I don't have any of you! And I feel very sorry for all the parents some of you are talking about. You should hope that none of them see these posting...
Posted: September 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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Michele S.
I'm new at this babysitting so I'd like to get some opinions on what I should charge. Occasionally, I will be watching 2 older kids. Ages 11 (boy) and 16 (girl). They can usually take care of themselves. The girl is very responsible and takes good care of her brother. But the mom sometimes needs to be away from home over night and doesn't want to leave them alone. They will be staying at my house. We agreed on that because I have a dog. What should I charge for an overnight stay (from 3pm to 12 noon next day)? What if its just one of the two kids? I'd like to know your thoughts. Thanks.
Posted: September 07, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Terry
I have had 5 kids...raised 2 step kids beside..I would love to be the caregiver for parents that are not rich...i.e. 2nd shifters.. 3rd shifters (but only for older kids on 3rd.).just pay for food..I work 2 PT jobs...but...really I was there as many parents are where child care is just not worth what going to work for...I have no life so 'parent night out' always negotiable....the extreme cost is crazy...I know I could never have afforded these rates...just sayin'
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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Sara M.
I watch a 4 month old currently mon-fri from 9-3 and get paid 100. She wants to start paying me 75 for those hours well I told her se has 2 weeks to find daycare. I told her I cannot watch her baby (who has gerd) for that price. That's not even minimum wage ppl!!
Posted: August 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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Sara M.
I don't get it either. People wanna pay you 2.50 and hour lol that's not even minimum wage! They want you 40 hours a week for 2 kids and wanna pay 120 bucks?! That's crazy! People need to stop being cheap and taking advantage . After all sitters come to there home (how convienent )
Posted: August 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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Marjanne K.
You people are crazy $5 a day?!?!?! That would be $25 for the week, if you have to drive to the family's house, gas alone would kill that wage. I was getting $10/HOUR in high school. How can people make a living off that. My standard rate is now $15/hour and I have families encouraging me to ask for $20.
Posted: August 03, 2013 at 2:08 PM
Joy
If $5.00 a day how about if the mother dont leave any food for the kids and they just open your refregirator and get whatever they want and eat the food that suppose to be for your kids?...thats unacceptable at all!
Posted: July 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM
candi
I make 9.75 an hour and the people around on here suggest 5+/hour and that's just crazy. For one child that's murder. I don't ask extra responsibility just generic child care while I work. Just because I am working multiple positions at work does not mean I make an extra wage. Sitters that watch from their homes do not need that much because they can watch multiple children.It would be understandable for a nanny charge that much. I would never have been so greedy when I watched children.
Posted: July 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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Michael M.
I am a Male "Nanny", I just let go from a Nanny Job because i wasn't doing enough. Hours were : 6:30-7:30 then 2:30-7:30 for a couple months then the father came home later and later 7:30 became 9:30 then 10:30, but no pay increase. Then they added more rules without asking walk the dogs, clean the house, pick up there pre teen from the end of driveway, and do not use the house phone. Me ( 10+ year babysitter, lifeguard for 7 years, College graduate.)
At the end of month they had me work two 15 hour shirts in a row , on the second day i fell asleep for a couple Minutes, the two boys got on there bikes and rode down to the store and bought candy and soda ( another boy went with them, his father was out back working on the deck) He gave permission for the boys to go, ( the area is a wooded area, so you don't know if there around or split) ( Ages of the kids are 11, and 8 and friend 11) The parents talked to me about the situation saying it was ok, and not rekindle the fire( in other words I could not tell them what happened), Last week i brought up a contract because i felt i was be neglected, Watching 3 Kids, 2 Dogs , Cleaning the House for 30 plus ours and only getting $200, The parents did not like the increase of pay for the summer so they let me go, so what they said ( later they said i did this wrong , this wrong... ect. ) Mike
Posted: June 08, 2013 at 9:00 PM
JustLiz
Let me ask all of you "$10/day is fine" people this - if you and your hubby go out to dinner and hire a sitter for 3 hours that evening, when you get home, do you pay your sitter $5.00 for those 3 hours? (Of course not!) But, somehow you feel that $10/DAY is an acceptable wage.

I was making $4/hr. babysitting as a teenager THIRTY YEARS ago.

Do you know what daycare facilities charge per week? I'm in Boston and full-time daycare runs upwards of $300/wk for ONE child.
Posted: June 07, 2013 at 7:27 AM
Alex
I just starting baby sittig(highschool in need of a summer job), and I'm asking 5$/per hour. I play, feed, teach,and teach them about music. Someone told me this was to high.Quote:"You're just starting out." I was putting out some flyers and some people seemed to be pleased with the rates. I'm only fourteen and I'm making more money than some of you,and the only back round I have is helping out with my niece. I hope some of you don't take this wrong way, but some of you need to put on your big girl panties and charge more. In the area I live in and the services I provide, I'm a cheap babysitter. So those questioning your pay...Your getting ripped off! And some of you may say that. Yes some professional in this career charge only 10$ a day and that you rather leave your child there because they are a adult. But funny thing is that person is a starnger just like any other person off the street. If your looking for a babysitter go with someone you trust and know. Not just the cheapest person, or a daycare.
Posted: May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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Chelsea A.
Sarah, you get what you pay for in this kind of situation. Those who watch children as their professional career as I do need to make a living as well. 10 dollars a day is reasonable, in my opinion. You can get an inexperienced teenager to watch your kids for cheap, but what kind of sense of security does that bring while you are at work? You have to pay for experience and high quality child care. I know it's tough and sad, but it's true.
Posted: April 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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Sarah R.
My only issue with this is that cost of babysitting/ day care is extremely difficult for a single parent (which I am). I can understand paying someone an hourly rate as has been stated above for a night out or one day here or there. However, when it becomes a mon-fri baby sitting during the work day. If a babysitter under those conditions were to ask me for ten plus dollars an hour I would laugh and walk away. Simply because in most jobs in my area that is what I could be getting paid. Therefore, is the parent's income an important bit of information to consider?
Posted: April 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM
Ariel
I was recently asked to babysit a premature infant. The mother suggest $30/day. I have always babysat the children in my family and never charged, but $30/day does not seem reasonable for the care of an infant for 8 plus hours a day. After reading this I might have a little talk with the mother.
Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Alison
I am in shock. I am a child care provider and I charge 10$ per child a day and I thought I was making a decent living. I watch four children (2 months, 10 months, 3 yrs and 5 yrs) 5 days a week. After reading this I now question my salary.
Posted: April 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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Olivia Adina D.
Babysitting a child is a sensitive job. you as a babysitter are responsible for that child. the average rate starts at 10$/hour for one child. if the parents want to pay 20-40$/day they should take the children to daycare. There one sitter watches more than 6 children at a time so its convenient receiving 20-40 from each child. Of course the attention given to each child is much lower than as a particular babysitter.
Posted: January 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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Svitlana M.
I am in a shock. In my area parent are willing to pay $5/hr for sitting from newborn to up to 3 children and some house work!
It is insulting, because Job is job. And even minimum wage here is around $8/hr.
The parents expect you to have college degree,CPR certification, First Aid training, experiences,to provide transportation for their kids, help with homework and etc., and etc. in exchange for only $5 in compensation... for ALL those responsibilities and chores?
NO healthcare, No paid vacations, NO unemployment benefits for the babysitter/nanny... To me this is an example of the SLAVERY ! Where do we live?
I couldn't do this job under such circumstances. I just couldn't let others use myself like that and I can't believe that anyone serious and self respecting person could agree to this responsible and difficult job for that pay. It is wrong and unfair.
Posted: September 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
debbie
the going rate here is about $35 a day for two kids, approximately 175.00 a week. Most baby sitters or day care centers expect to get paid for these services even if your child doesn't go to them for a day or two because they are sick etc. this holds their spot at the babysitters. down here most day cares do not offer part time babysitting and your child MUST be picked up by a certain time or additional fees will apply.
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Poopypants
You are crazy! I would want 20 an hour for that much work!
Posted: June 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Sue S
i watch 4 kids plus my 2 kids for 15 hours and get paid 20 a day and i do everything is it not worth it just going nuts twins that r 2 and a 3 year old and a 5 year old and mine r 3 and 4 someone help me wht i shsould do he just wants to pay 20 dollars and sleepovers to watch any help or any thing from any one
Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Dawn G.
Do/Does any of the sitters care to get/be paid from/through the Proaction county assistance program monthly + my weekly rate they give/say for me to pay? that would be the main ? comment to start with before looking for someone + be open availability being hrs/days/nights/wknds vary?! and be able to come into my apt or for him to go there?
Posted: January 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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