The Child Care Job Guide: How Much to Charge for Child Care

Pay rates for child care workers

Are you considering a career in child care and want to know what the pay rates would be? Pay rates for child care workers can vary significantly according to the following factors:

  • geographical location.  Different cities have different pay rates.  For example, the amount a Dallas Babysitter charges may be different than the amount a Miami Babysitter will charge.
  • job requirements, type of care provided, number of hours, and time of day
  • level of skill, experience, and whether or not a person has a degree in child development.
  • whether or not health insurance and other benefits are provided

But here are some general statistics:

  • Nannies are among the best paid child care workers. They earn a median weekly income of $20,800 to $36,400 a year, in addition to free room and board. Experienced nannies, especially those who work in major metropolitan areas, can earn $41,000 or more per year. Remember, just like babysitters, different cities have a different pay rate for nannies--San Antonio Nannies will have a different pay rate than Denver Nannies. Check the nanny rates in your area to see what the average cost is. Nannies typically receive annual raises and often end-of-year bonuses.
  • Administrators at nursery schools and day care centers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, earn on average $35,000 a year, while preschool teachers average $21,000 a year.
  • Per hour rates of babysitters vary tremendously. You can check the Babysitter Pay Calculator on to see what babysitters in your neighborhood with your level of experience are charging. But rates can be as low as a few dollars an hour for a teenager in a small town, to $25 or more an hour in a big city for a more experienced babysitter.

Now that you know approximately how much to charge, the next step is to create a profile on We also suggest creating a Babysitting Pay Calculator Widget and adding it to your blog or include it in messages so potential employers know the pay rate for sitters in your area. And then you'll need to prepare for an interview.

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Comments (11)
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Mariesha R.
How much should I charge for a over night job? So I take the daughter to school at 7:30am keep her til the next evening til 8 pmâ ..?
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 6:49 PM
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Dorothy S.
How much should I charge for a 18 month old child which I keep Monday thru Friday from 11:30 to 6:00 and a 6 year old from 3:15 to 6:00? I keep them their home. The 6 year attend school during the day. I pick him up from school only!
Posted: December 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM
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Michelle R.
What do I charge for two children from two different families?

How do I handle sick days, or vacations that one family might take?
Posted: March 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM
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Mary S.
How do I calculate what I should be charging for a care job that includes me picking up and dropping off a child at daycare everyday?
Posted: March 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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Sarah G.
How do I decide how much to charge for overnight care? If a family needs me for 5 days and 4 nights with one child I feel like I should have a flat rate to charge them instead of an hourly one.
Posted: March 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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Hina I.
minimum $10-$15/ hour
Posted: January 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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Susan B.
just wondered what the hourly rate should be for a 2 year old and newborn 8 am to 4pm? need advise please :)
Posted: December 07, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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Rebekah W.
I charge a flat $50/night from the time the child goes to sleep until they wake up. Then it goes back to hourly.
Posted: October 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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Valerie D.
Depending on the age of the child and how often he/she will awaken, the pay would vary for overnight sitting. If the child is expected to sleep through the night, of course, you would charge less. Are you expected to stay awake during the night, or can you sleep as well? Are you a regular sitter for the family? Many factors to be considered here, but generally, I would charge less for overnight care, if I'm going to be allowed to sleep until needed.
Posted: September 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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Jessica S.
Does anyone know how much you would charge if you had a child overnight?
Posted: September 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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Melissa C.
How and where do you get tyhe paper work for Home Child care I want to see about getting certified for in home care in Texas.
To just have 2 oe 3 young childeren.

Thanks Melissa
Posted: June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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