How Much Should You Pay Your Sitter?
Whether you're a parent researching how much a babysitter costs or a sitter deciding what to charge, here are tips to help.
Tiffany Smith, Senior Associate Editor
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The average babysitter cost is about $13.50 per hour, as of 2014 numbers. But that rate varies widely depending on a number of factors. How can you know what to pay or what to change?

Care.com recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 members and collected data from our own internal numbers to figure out the latest trends in babysitter pay and hiring. Check out our infographic and video. Then scroll down for more information on everything related to costs and how much you should be paying your sitter.

The average babysitter costs $13.44

 

 

 



Here are things to think about what settling on a rate:
 

  • The Market
    Find out the current going rate for babysitters in your neighborhood. Like all jobs, the numbers change over time. What you were paid to babysit is probably much different than what today's sitters are charging.

    Here are the national average babysitter rates for the past few years. Since 2009, babysitter pay rates have increased 28 percent!
     

    2009

    $10.50

    2010

    $11.11

    2011

    $12.09

    2012

    $12.02

    2013

    $12.07

    2014

    $13.44

     
    Use Care.com's babysitter pay rate calculator to find out the going rate for sitters in your area.
     
  • Minimum Wage
    Whatever you pay your sitter, make sure it's at least minimum wage. 3 out of 4 Care.com parents think sitters should be paid above minimum wage. It's required by law and it's the right thing to do.

    Learn more about minimum wage and the current rates.   
     
  • Location
    If you live in a big city, expect to pay more for a babysitter than someone who lives in the suburbs or a rural area. Higher cost of living = higher wages. For example, San Francisco babysitters cost $16.55 per hour and are the most expensive sitters in the country. On the other hand, Grand Rapids, MI babysisters charge $11.31 per hour and are the cheapest.

    Here are the most and least expensive cities for hiring babysitters:

    The Top 10 Priciest Cities to Hire a Sitter
     
    1. San Francisco, CA$16.55
    2. San Jose, CA$15.63
    3. Boston, MA   $15.37
    4. New York, NY$15.09
    5. Washington DC$14.99
    6. Bridgeport, CT$14.91
    7. Seattle, WA$14.43
    8. Hartford, CT$14.28
    9. Los Angeles, CA$14.27
    10. Philadelphia, PA$14.19


    The Top 10 Cheapest Cities to Hire a Sitter
     
    1. Grand Rapids, MI$11.31
    2. Columbia, SC$11.72
    3. Rochester, NY$11.79
    4. Salt Lake City, UT$11.82
    5. Akron, OH$11.84
    6. Colorado Springs, CO$11.85
    7. Des Moines, IA$11.97
    8. Tulsa, OK$12.00
    9. Boise, ID$12.06
    10. Omaha, NB$12.16


     

  • Babysitter's Age
    Pay younger sitters, who generally have less experience, less than you would pay someone older.
     
  • Experience
    Are you hiring a sitter who has spent years caring for kids? Or are you looking for someone who is just starting out? 51 percent of parents would pay more for an older, more experienced sitter -- usually an extra $5 per hour.

    When you're interviewing a sitter, make sure to ask detailed questions -- so you know the person has the level of experience you're looking for. Here are 10 Babysitter Interview Questions Every Family Should Ask.
     
  • Type of Sitter
    Are you hiring a babysitter or a nanny? Do you know that there's a big difference? And a big difference in what you should be paying. Think of sitters as more occassional child care -- they're great for watching and playing with your kids on date night for a few short hours. If you need full-time or regular child care, you need a nanny. Nannies are child care professionals who do more with your kids in terms of development and so earn more.

    Get more tips about the difference between a babysitter and a nanny.
     
  • Number of Children
    If you have more than one child, expect to pay $2 to $5 more an hour for each additional child. (So, if you'd pay $50 for one child for four hours, expect to pay about $60 for two children, $70 for three and so on.)
     
  • How Long She's Worked for You
    If a sitter has been with you for many years, increase her wages as her experience increases. According to the Care.com survey, 87 of families would give their favorite sitter a raise. Here are seven signs it's time for a raise.
     
  • Training
    Here are the types of education that parents value the most when looking for a babysitter:

 

CPR/First Aid/safety training

53.0%

College degree

11.3%

High school degree

7.6%

Early education degree

9.5%

Doesn't matter

18.6%

 

Safety expertise is definitely the number one priority for parents. A sitter who knows CPR will usually cost more. And rightfully so! Specialized training should always be rewarded.

Check out these 8 Babysitting Training Courses.
 

  • When You Book
    About a third of families say they hire sitters the week before they need them. Another 26 percent do it the same week.

    Waiting to book may mean it costs you more. 64 percent of parents told Care.com they would pay more for a last-minute sitter.
     
  • Holidays
    Is it Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Halloween or St. Patrick's Day? These are the most popular holidays for people to hire a sitter on Care.com. As lots of families need child care, sitters may be in higher demand or asking for more money. Book early for the best rates.

    And follow this advice for hiring a sitter for New Year's Eve.
     
  • Responsibilities
    If the sitter will put them to bed, lock the doors and watch TV, you can pay less. 1 in 5 parents give sitters a lower rate if their kids are sleeping.

    But if the kids will be awake the whole time or if you ask the sitter to do additional tasks and chores, the more you should pay. The most common things families ask sitters to do are:
  1. Feed the kids
  2. Read to them
  3. Put them to bed
  4. Play games and sports
  5. Pick them up from school
     

For each meal your sitter prepares, add a few dollars to her wages. You don't have to pay more if you just want her to order pizza, but leave enough money for the pie.
 

  • Transportation
    Is your sitter picking your kids up or driving them around? Give her extra. Learn how to reimburse a sitter for gas and mileage.
     
  • Tips
    Parents are often confused about whether or not they should tip a sitter. Only 26 percent of families told us that they tip their sitter (another 34 percent only tip around the holidays), so it's not very common.

    But there are certain circumstances where it may make sense, such as when a sitter goes above and beyond. Read more about when babysitters should get tips.
     
  • Taxes
    Many families pay babysitters under the table (i.e. in cash, with no taxes withheld). This is fine, as long as the babysitter doesn't earn $1,900 or more during the calendar year. However, if you anticipate paying your sitter more than $1,900 or becoming a regular employee, filing taxes for her is the right thing to do and can have benefits in the long run.

    It's not as overwhelming as you many think, and Care.com HomePay can even handle the tax process for you. For more information on tax forms, read our article Nanny Tax Forms and Procedures to get started.

 

But when it comes down to it, finding the right babysitter for your family is about more than just dollars and cents. In the survey, we asked parents what the most important thing is when hiring a sitter. Only 3 percent said it's how much she costs. 49 percent said it's that the kids love her.   

So when you hire a babysitter, pay her fairly to help start a long, trusting relationship -- and to make sure she's not lured away by a higher-paying neighbor!

And if you have a sitter and are ready to head out, but don't know where to go, here are 101 Cheap Date Ideas for inspiration.

Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite

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(142) Comments
granny
granny
I baby sit a little 2 year old girl, when I started I was paid 80.00 for a 5 day week from 230 PM to 11:15 pm, her father brought the milk and juice and snacks, he paid me this no matter if it was a 3 day week or 5 day week. Then he needed me for 1 weekend day as well and we agreed on 100.00 a week for 6 day weeks, After 4 months now of doing this he is now I feel taking advantage of me, my hours are now 2PM to 1 or 2 am due to him taking classes at work, then if she misses a day or two he takes cash off the 80.00 week one time paying me 50.00 for a 3 day week and he has also quit bring juice and snacks, I provide all meals and snacks and if I go out I also spend my money on her not getting any back. I did not mind the extra hours due to being paid the same no matter how many days a week I watched her I felt it worked it's way out in the long run but now I feel I am getting the shaft and I am not sure how to talk to her father about it. BTW he is a single parent not mother in the picture.
February 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM
michael perry
michael perry
how much do we charge to babysit 4 kids different ages and sometimes up to 9hrs a day sometimes only 4hrs a day we cook for them but to they r family member to one of the kids r still in dippers just trying to figure out a day price or a weekly price to charge that's reasonable
November 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM
Rebecca R.
Rebecca R.
Robert W, if KIM can afford to pay her sitter well, more power to her. Look at this from a caregivers point of view for a moment. In my own area of Las Vegas, I see so many jobs that say they want a "flexible" person, but they don't always mean it as far as schedule goes, they mean it as far as pay goes. I see so many ads and have been contacted by many people that want 30+ hours per week from me, and only want to pay 150 or less! This also does not take into account that most of these people refuse to utilize local, state, and federal resources that can and do assist with childcare expenses. People also fail to realize that under the U.S. Department of Labor, we fall under the same umbrella as other domestic employees, which means anything less than minimum wage is ILLEGAL. Again, even if the parent(s) only make minimum wage, there ARE resources available to you for use, so there is no excuse to not pay minimum wage. AND I would like to point out, most sitters, nannies, etc WILL work with you on price to a point, but we don't want to be taken advantage of.
November 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM
Mary Reinhard
Mary Reinhard
I pay $30 flat rate for a saturday night. I have 2 potty trained kids and they will only be awake for 1.5 hours. The rest of the time can be spent being a warm body in the house and watching TV. I do not required much. I think these rates are crazy. I understand if you are adult nanny caregiver verse hiring a teen to watch kids sleep. The requirements are completely different, regardless these prices are insane. It should be a flat hourly rate and extras like driving cooking cleaning should be prorated accordingly. I would never expect someone to clean my house. Though ai use to for $2 an hour as a teen.
October 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM
Mariela
Mariela
I agree with you kandi k it just too much wtf
October 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Randi K.
Randi K.
If I am paying you $600 a week since that's 15 an hour with a 40 hour week, then how in the world is that you sacrificing? If I paid that and all you had were my two girls that's 1200 a week, a heck of a lot more than what a lot of other people make in even two weeks. No one is insulting anyone's intelligence. But as a mother who doesn't need my child to be picked up doesn't need my house cleaned or my puppy watched, I know for darn sure that amount is ridiculous. I understand we get what we pay for, so if I'm paying that much so someone can watch my girls for eight hours then I'll have a list of things I expect. It is not about single moms, it's about reality, about what In the world my girls are really getting out of all of this if I have to pay that much money just so I can work. Not all mothers are how a lot of you are explain us us to be. You want more money then we want to know our children are getting more and our money's worth. Because y'all aren't the only ones who don't feel like you are being paid enough after working your tails off just to make ends meet.
October 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Ann D.
Ann D.
Maybe someone could answer this question for me..When did it become my responsibility to sacrifice because you are a single mom. That is not my fault. I work very hard to support myself , I don't have a husband helping me, it is just me. And, for everyone who not only wants us to watch your children, clean your house, take care of your 3 month old puppy, and drive your children all over town using my personal vehicle all for 8.00 per hour, I ask you to create a budget for me so that I can pay my rent, utilities, groceries, vehicle maintenance, vehicle insurance, gas, health insurance, taxes at the end of the year, my yearly background check, CPR/First Aid certification, additional education. Oh yeah, I do have to splurge on toothpaste, soap, and deodorant as I have seen many people posting that one must be clean. It is not at all a livable wage. And please don't insult our intelligence, we know that although your posting says you want to pay 10-20 per hour what you really mean is I want someone who is worth that much but I can only afford 8.00. There are numerous people who take care of multiple children in their home for very little money, that would be your best bet, or hiring a neighborhood kid to drive your children around..
October 9, 2014 at 4:36 AM
Randi K.
Randi K.
I don't know who wrote this, but telling someone who makes minimum wage that they shouldn't have had kids in the first place is absurd! You do what you can, not everyone gets lucky and most single mothers have to give up the joy of spending as much time with their kids to work two or three jobs that don't always make ends meet. You wanna make more money then good for you, but you don't have to belittle other mothers doing what they can just so you can validate why you think you should be paid more. By the way I would take note of some of you "babysitters" commenting. Some of y'all are exactly the kinds of people I wouldn't want my kids around.
October 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM
Mary S.
Mary S.
This is ridiculous, $12 an hour for a small town, I have bachelor, and associates,CPR, First Aid, and second year nursing student. I make $13.50 an hour in the local hospital, and I'm 38 y/o single mom, and you are suggesting to pay $12 an hour to a 20 something y/o with not CPR or any other qualifications, but just experience for my three self-sufficient children, so i can feed us and pay rent with $1.50 and hour. Something is really wrong here!!!
October 8, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Korrine
Korrine
As a 13 year old, I think I get paid a good amount. Honestly, babysitting isn't that hard, so I don't know why people should be paid 15-20 dollars per hour. Yes, I'm young, but I'm extremely experienced, and I get paid anywhere from 7-11 dollars an hour. I babysit 2-3 children, depending on the day. The ages are 1, 3 & 8, one of them having autism. I have been doing this for about 6 months, and I think my pay is wonderful. Again, I'm 13, so I don't pay taxes, bills, etc. but it's more money than other girls my age make. I don't understand how some people can ask to get paid $20 an hour. If you enjoy babysitting, and it is more of a hobby than a chore, then it shouldn't matter how much you get paid. What should matter is spending quality time with children.
October 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM
sacramentohomeworth
sacramentohomeworth
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October 2, 2014 at 2:23 AM
jenneQ
jenneQ
I babysit 2 babys ones a 5 month and the other is 10 months I charge $100 a week which idk if thats cheap in some places but I only watch 2 and I give them my full attention and I'm a certified caregiver have cpr training and have 2 kids of my own.. I think it's insane to charge by the hour I worked at a non profit daycare and we charge by the week so now being at home I charge the same because come on people barely make 8.00 an hr and some people charge 15 an hr!?? Holy cow thats insane to me!
October 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Jessica W.
Jessica W.
I get paid $20-$40 every 2-3 weeks. I did the math and it's about $1.50 an hr at most. Thats when I'm babysitting 15 hrs a week. Guess I should be asking for them to provide snacks and money for gas. I have been providing child care for 10+ yrs
September 19, 2014 at 7:36 AM
Jacquelyn F.
Jacquelyn F.
I have a question for full-time nannies and parents who currently employ a full-time nanny. Do you offer/receive any paid vacation time? If so, how many days/weeks do you offer or receive? I have been working for the same family as a housekeeper and nanny for 4+ yrs. Currently, I receive 5 vacation days (1 week) from the family. I usually work 46 hrs/week and fortunately have never needed a sick day before. I recently needed a day to take my daughter to the doctor. So it was agreed upon that I'd loose 1 of the days from my vacation week in exchange for the day to take my daughter to the doctor leaving me with 4 days and having to change my plans to go away on a summer trip. I have worked for quite a few families over the years, and most have provided 2 weeks (10 days since I work Mon-Fri) off during the yr without having to take away from a short vacation for 1 extra day. This site seems to suggest 2 weeks as well. I'm paid the minimum but I'm alright with that b/c I enjoy the family. I've always made an effort to be there (snow storms, part of Hurricane Sandy) because the parents have very demanding jobs. I just would appreciate 1 sick day and 2 weeks off during the year -- either one during the holidays and then 1 in the summer or both during the summer. Parents would you find this unreasonable? Full-Time nannies, how have you approached this issue? I really appreciate my job. So, I want to know if I'm complaining or asking too much.
August 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM
Melissa P
Melissa P
Samatha A wrote: ...what about the parents that only make minimum wage? How am I supposed to pay someone $15-$20/hr when I only make $8???

It would be very hard for a SINGLE person to live off of $8 an hour. Newsflash, if you can't afford to care for a baby be a little smarter and DON'T HAVE ONE.
August 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Hanna W.
Hanna W.
Food for thought, why is it okay for a teenager to get paid ten dollars an hour per kid with minimal experience yet we are not willing to allow our teacher's wage to be equal? Seriously do you think your kindergarnden teacher's are paid 200.00 an hour for a class of 20 kids? Even a day care chargin 180 a week say for a 40 hour week is still not equal to $10.00 an hour.... Some of these people talking about 20 an hour per kid that is 800.00 for a 40 hour work week...
July 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM
Joy R.
Joy R.
Hello Everyone,
WE all go into this for the love of what we do. The majority of us have life experiences, raising our own, and helping to raise grandchildren. I am always willing to negotiate a price, depending on what is needed, and also add in the consideration for the cost of gas now days. It is hard on everyone involved in todays economy. My biggest complaint is the fact that many people post jobs which we all apply to, then we check our submitted applications, and it seems that people fill the jobs and never take the postings down or state that they have been filled. I always ask them to let me know if I am being considered or not, but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Is there any way this sight can ask them to take down their postings so we the applicants know that they have been filled?
Sincerely,
Gramma Joy
July 13, 2014 at 7:58 AM
Robert W.
Robert W.
Response to KIM
3 things:
1.Who do you think you are?
2.How about if the mother walked out and no court will make her pay? I don't whine.
3.Ya'll need to think about moving. Jesus, we have very clean childcare in a major city for less than half that......and it is their passion and it is up front for what they charge.
Sometimes you cant just throw money at everything. This is horrible to read comments from both sides of the fence. Take it up with the other person and quit telling the entire frapping internet! I would like someone to be nice, get paid what I can afford AND reap the long term benefits and be rewarded with something else other than the Almighty dollar.....everlasting life!
July 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Lovely
Lovely
I'm a 40 year old mother of two teenage doughters with 14 years of experience. Although I don't have a baby sitter certificate, I've baby sit my three year old niece since she was a new born for ten hours a day. How much should I be getting paid an hour or a day???
July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM
Marnie J.
Marnie J.
Hello, we are wondering how much a day we pay a sitter if we are going to be gone for 4 days? We have 3 children.
July 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Samantha A.
Samantha A.
...what about the parents that only make minimum wage? How am I supposed to pay someone $15-$20/hr when I only make $8???
July 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Morgan P.
Morgan P.
I am a 25 yr old nanny / college graduate with bills/loans/etc. I do not understand parents thinking 12.50-14.00 is enough. I charge anywhere from 15-20.00 an hour because of my experience & education.

I think 10.00 is PLENTY for a 16 yr old girl
11.50 for a 17 yr old with experience
13-14.00 for an 18-20 yr old with experience
and 15-20 for those 20 & older with a lot of experience/certifications.

BE FAIR! could you make ends meet making 12 dollars an hour with the cost of living at 25 years old?? Doubt it!
ALSO, Holidays & at least 3 personal days SHOULD BE PAID! Like any corporate job, this is our passion and service- It should be taken as seriously / fairly as a corporate job. (i used to work in the corporate world and it just wasn't for me)

Just food for thought :)
July 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM
nikki
nikki
I live in orange county california.......i pay my babysitter 20.00 an hour, pick her up , drop her off,shes 17 and my kid is 14 stays in her room and babysitter watches t.v !!!!!
July 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Melissa
Melissa
What should I charge for an overnight babysitting job starting at 3pm on Friday until
Saturday at 6 pm ... Three kids ages 4,9,12
June 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM
mcz
mcz
Hello,
I am a mother of 2 in Irvine, CA. I am looking to hire my babysitter from a Tuesday at 9am to a Thursday late afternoon. The kids will be at day camp from 9to2 and sleep from 8pm to 6:30am. For the times the kids are at camp and when she and they will be sleeping, what is the average flat rate for those "non-active" hours? Thank you for any help you can give.
June 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM
Roxy
Roxy
Hi! My name is roxy and I have been babysitting a 5 year girl for 4 days straight and spending the nights there for 4 nights in a row. Even thou she is 1 child I fell like I've been taking care of 100 kids at home. I wake up early in the morning to get her up so we can go to vacation bible school I'm also a teacher there cause her mom made me a teacher and I have been cooking and there's was an accedint where I burned my whole left arm to make sure she didn't get burned. And then Caroline ( the girl) goes to sleep at 1:00 am! And I also give her showers and all of that stuff. And I it's as thou I'm babysitting the parent also getting her everything while she sleeps and there's a bath and watches t.v but here's the BAD part I only got paid 50 $!!!! Is that fair?? Can someone please help me!!
June 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM
bestanylee
bestanylee
This is for Dee, bunny you are a baby sitter not a maid.I would NOT be cleaning her house or her room and doing laundry or dishes for her. If she wants all the extra stuff done she needs to be charging extra for that. I only make $2 an hour and I'm having a talk with my aunt very soon. Don't let people take advantage of your help. Its not fair, or right for that matter.
June 27, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Dee
Dee
How much should I charge!? I have 6+ babysitting experience, I am 18 years old right now. The lady I babysit for only wants to pay me $10/hr when it is only one children, while the second one is at camp. However for those few hours, she wants me to do 3+ loads of laundry, drying, and folding and organizing the clothes. Along with that, clean her kitchen (always full of dirty dishes, pots, pans), clean the kids rooms, tidy her room, make lunch, transport the older kid to his practice, pick up the little kid from camp, take him to get lunch, and finally pick up the older kid from practice. In addition I also run a few errands for her. I get no gas money, even though I drive her kids around a lot. I live about 25 miles from her And I am expected to be at her house at 8:30. What that means is I have to wake up at 6 be ready to leave at 7 in order to avoid the morning traffic rush. I get no gas compensation for this either. I work from 8:30 am to 6 pm, having half of the day with one kid and the other half with both kids. She has a manner ship to a pool club so when the kids want to go swimmingn I take them, but I have to pay the guest fee ($5) not much but it adds up once you go 3 times a week. Please help me, am I wrong to charge her $15 whether I have one or two kids.?
June 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM
proudmammi
proudmammi
Question? ? I have 2 children my Sister-N-Love watches at her house Ages 2 & 4 for an average of 11-15hr a week I can't afford much so she doesn't mind but what amount should I pay her. O & my kids are well behaved & take naps lol
June 20, 2014 at 1:20 AM
Carrie
Carrie
Hi guys.
I am 26, have about 12 + years of experience, and live in the Washington, D.C. Area so cost of living is high. How much should I charge to watch two boys, 4 and 6, overnight? The 4 year old is with me all day and is extremely needy. I am also watching them on top of watching my usual 2 year old girl and 6 year old boy. Kids wake up at 6 if that makes a difference. Any suggestions?
June 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Mom
Mom
I am a single mother of 2 amazing children ,7 and 8. I work full time and I only make $13 an hour!!! So please explain to me how I am supposed to pay my bbsitter $10 an hour. They have the comfort of home, a tv to watch, fridge full of food. I may as well quit my job and watch my own children. What do these parents do that they can afford such high amounts!!!!
June 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM
Jermaine F.
Jermaine F.
How much to watch 2kids all day (8hrs.) a 2yr old and a 4yr old? Im in San Antonio,TX
June 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM
K Eggers
K Eggers
I feel like I am really getting taken advantage of... I get 660 a month for 100+ hours, plus I have to drive 35 to 60 min just to get there depending on traffic cause its not anywhere close to where I live, and supposedly reimbursement for gas is included in that 660...
June 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM
nicolette
nicolette
I babysit for my cousins coworker she has 3 kids ages 4 7 and 9 all boys. there very difficult to handle pretty much every time I babysit for her which is every daybfrom 630 till alittle after 3 except on thursdays because the 7 & 9 year old have speech I have to prepare all the food and have to watch them every second im here and I also walk to and from their house everyday and im 18 years old. they break everything and I also do clean up after them I get paid only 150$ each week for 3 bad kids while my friend gets paid for only watching 2 who are also 7 and 5 who are always on their best behavior gets paid 225$ every week. I feel like im gettibe sevierly under paid to be putting up with this crap. every day they throw tantrums and I really dont wanna keep babysitting for them but they have no one else. how much should I ask them to pay me instead of 150$? she tried to pay me 125$ at first for 3 kids are you kidding me?
June 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Tonya D.
Tonya D.
I am new to this site, and thought someone may have a suggestion. I work from home and I am hiring my 14 year old neighbor watch my kids (3 and 5) while I work from home. Her hours are 10-4:30PM on Monday and 2:30 to 5:00PM on Wed and Thurs. I was thinking between $10-$12 per hour since I will be home and she has minimal experience. We are located in a suburb 40 minutes outside Boston, so our rates should be less than city rates. Any suggestions? Am I in the correct range?
May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM
betty
betty
I babysit a 2 yr old for my sister in law and she pays me 80 flat a week plus I do the cooking and the cleaning. How much should I really be getting paid? Can anyone help me out.
May 19, 2014 at 1:20 AM
supermommy
supermommy
Shame on you... cheap parents. Life is hard and everybody struggles. You chose to have children, that was your choice. Pay your sitters well! I'm a parent of two and pay my caregivers well...hello how much do value your children.
May 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM
Lisa
Lisa
Can someone please tell me the going hourly rate to watch three girls ages 12, 10 and 6? All day? How about for three days and 2 nights? Thanks!
May 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM
Yolanda
Yolanda
I must respond to Kim's post in February
You"d think people would wise up,as they age
It's great she and her husband can afford luxuries in life...be humble and appreciative
Maybe you haven't experienced misfortunes in life but know that it only takes the blow of
The wind and your life could be turned upside down..health,money,love,good relationships
Are all to be cherished...I guess Kim would be a person that feels "" all old or disabled people should
Be put to death"" so Kim I pray you get to realize and appreciate your blessing instead of looking down on
Others. Life is to short....we all need growth in one way or another
May 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM
Kim
Kim
I'm fairly shocked by some of these comments and how little some are being compensated for their time. I live in an expensive city, so I pay $650 per week for 1 baby (45 hrs per week) + $50 per week for transport stipend to my nanny. For my evening sitter who doesn't have to do anything since my son is already asleep, I pay $15/hr plus transport plus dinner. That's market rate, not something I generously offer and if I couldn't afford it, then I wouldn't go out. I hate to sound so harsh, but if you can't afford childcare, then don't have kids. My husband and I would love 3-4 kids, but just nanny and schooling alone makes it unaffordable for us. So we are forced to base the # of kids we have around what we can reasonably afford, not having the number of kids we want, then screwing other people to take care of our children for below minimum wage. Daycares in our area are $2400 per month per kid, so whoever said daycares are cheap is either very rich or just speaking about her town. My advice to underpaid sitters: set your wage and don't accept anything you're uncomfortable with. There were lots of potential nannies we called, but they said their rate is $800+ per week, so I respected that and moved on to a pool of nannies who could accept my rate.
May 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Mimi
Mimi
I am 22 years old and I help watch my boyfriends sisters kids.. I watch a one year old about 50 hours a week and I also watch a 4 month old about 25 hours a week. For the one year old girl I get paid $100 a week and for the four month old I get paid $100 every two weeks.. Is that fair or am I just complaining? Anybody?
April 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Kathiebg
Kathiebg
How much to charge for weekly vacation care-parents away in full charge?
April 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM
Meena V
Meena V
I'm an 18 year old who currently is babysitting for a family friend during the day, I watch two boys which means we venture out quite often. Occasionally when we venture out we might get a DVD and I end up paying for it, I also wash the dishes and do some cleaning and in total get paid 10 dollars an hour. Do you think that is fair or does them being a family friend change things because in all honesty I would like to be paid a little more.
April 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM
alyssa
alyssa
I am 16 years old and I babysit a 6 and 8 year old 4 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. I drive myself to and from their house. I also look after and take out their two dogs (who are old and need to use the bathroom alot). I get paid $50.00 a day. Is this a reasonable rate? This is my second year babysitting for this family.
April 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM
Angela
Angela
Sorry it's not so easy for some of us, who are raising kids alone, to be in two places at one time. Who the heck said we didn't want to watch our own kids. So fed up with day ares and safe key, which only stay open till 6pm, most jobs are later than that, the only people who are being cheap are employers, cuz of Obama care. Employers only offering 12 hours a day, its ridiculous, the only I can think of which is worse that, is people making assumptions like they have a clue. Clearly many don't about a whole Loy of struggling.
April 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM
Alex A.
Alex A.
If You get a sitter nanny care taker..same differeance..If you don't want to deal with your pain in the ass kids even when your not working..what makes you think some else does?? Especially the trust fund babies..and parents..who are trust fund babies themselfs..Pay accordingly especially if your home and can't Raise your own..Shame on you! Stop being cheap! For those who can't afford it..then don't bother looking for a baby sitter or whatever you want to call it..
March 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM
FancyThat
FancyThat
I have yet to find a plumber or electrician who will come to my house and solve a problem for less per hour than I make. Why does anybody expect a person who is entrusted with the welfare, nurturing, and caring for you precious child to command wages that are lower than a plumber or electrician charges?
March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
I have someone who wants me to watch two kids age 3 an4 .one is still in diaphers they want me to do it from Friday at three to sat at six I supply all food an stuff also I have to pick the kids up.what would be a reasonable price to give I just don't want to charge less than it should be
March 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM
Hailey T
Hailey T
I need some help. I am a babysitter and got an offer to nanny this summer. I love children and always have something for us to do! The mother that asked me said 2 kids, 7 hours. 10-5, and she is giving me the choice to select my own charge per day. These kids arnt perfect, there actually hard to control at times. Yes, they will be at friends a lot, but during that time I will be preparing lunch/dinner, doing laundry and cleaning. What is a reasonable pay amount. Thats not to under or over?
March 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM
Amanda T.
Amanda T.
All this talk about what a sitter should get paid makes my head spin. I'm sorry but I'm a single mom on a single income and was out of work for four months without getting paid unemployment/child support and still waiting on assistance from the government because they are backed up. Thank God I finally got hired but at max I'm only allowed to work 28 hrs a week at $8.25 and may increase to $9hr and I'm catching up with behind bills. I'm not going to be able to afford $10 an hr to start someone when I need a sitter for my son 7 to 15 hrs on the weekend. I don't have family in the area and I don't know too many people. He can't go to the fathers because of abuse. Sometimes sitters need to have compassion and help out a single mom till she can get back on their feet. Pay would increase once bills are caught up but paying more than I make is unreasonable for the time being. I could only afford $60-$75 per weekend. The sitter is not paying for food or trips and playing games with my son or reading to him is not that hard of a skill.
March 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM
Norm
Norm
Two issues. I am so confused. What I keep reading about are comments or articles about x hours per week, adults caring for children, professionals --- not what I call a "sitter". It seems to me there is word usage or terms issue. There is a big difference between Nanny, Child/Day Care, and Sitters! The first order of any discussion or debate is to agree on the terms. If I am trying to find out how much to pay the 14 year old kid next door to watch my toddler while I go to a movie (a "sitter"), that is a lot different than if I am trying to establish a fair wage for a Nanny for 20 hours per week. And a Nanny performs functions quite different from someone providing "child care". Also, I find myself a little miffed at the snobs here sneering at Day Care or Child Care centers; some are run by extraordinary people, often with Masters degrees in early child education. I would rather my child learn from professionals AND develop socialization skills than be coddled in some isolated or protective environment. Good grief.
February 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM
Cindy H.
Cindy H.
If my babysitters have two kids herself (18 months and a 4 yrs old) and she is taking care of my 16 months old. (Which mean she is taking care of 3 kids at a time.) How much should I pay her per hour for my children? She doesn't need to travel to our house.
February 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Jo Anne H.
Jo Anne H.
If you can't afford to hire a housekeeper at $30/hour, the you probably can not afford to pay a Nanny. Same kind of luxury care but taking care of your precious babies takes much more than simply cleaning your house.
February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Jo Anne H.
Jo Anne H.
Sitters keep in mind also that a lot of professionals get compensated from their employers for day care. I would hope that someone hiring a caring sitter/nanny would pay all of that work benefit plus more for care of their child. The daycare reimbursement covers day care. Personal, one on one care plus care of the home, pets, etc. Should get paid more. Just makes sense. If parents don't want to pay for quality care, put the kids in daycare. You really do get what you pay for. And these are precious children we are talking about!!!!!!
February 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM
Silvana A.
Silvana A.
I've just read everyone comments comments. Here's a point that will end all argumentsh. Having a nanny is a luxury and if you can't afford one, don't have one! Simple as that. That's qhat day cares are there for. theres a reason they are cheap! Sad to say but true. Period.
February 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Christina H.
Christina H.
I have been asked to watch the kids I nanny for for a week while the parents go on vacation out of the country. The kids are 9 months and 5 years old. The one goes to school during the week, and the parents had mentioned that the grandparents would take her there while they were away. My question is how much should I be paid for this? I havent never done this before and I dont know what an appropriate amount is. They have mentioned that it wouldnt be hourly, but I do know that I will be here more nights with the kids and more then my typical 30 hours a week where I get paid $15 an hour. They pay me the same amount for day and night time hours. I dont want to not be compensated for the time that I am here and I dont know how to address that to them. I would be willing to do my regular 30 hours or the week and more if I were compensated appropriately. ANY help on this would be greatly appropriated! :) How much should I be paid?
January 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Elena M.
Elena M.
how much do I pay for 5 days a week from 6am-4pm for 1 child is in school from 8:30am and a 18 moths. the nanny will have to care only for the baby. All meals will be prepared, no cleaning,laundry or house chores involved
January 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Jacqui S.
Jacqui S.
I totally understand our baby sitter has to make ends meet but don't we also. I am a single mom. I make roughly 126 a day, I can't afford 80 of that a day on a baby sitter.
What are going day rates?
January 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM
Erica W.
Erica W.
Libeth O- Thank you for your response! It is difficult to ask for a raise!! It can be a touchy subject and awkward. Also because my family pays to the EXACT minute (and because of some other situations w/ $), I am hesitate to ever bring up $. We will see! :)
January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Libeth O.
Libeth O.
This comment is in response to Erica W.:
I recently have been in this position, except a little bit different. I understand how it can be challenging to ask for a raise in any work situation, but asking for a raise as a nanny can be exceptionally difficult because of how much you feel like you're part of the family - at least that's how I felt.
Now, the way I think you should approach your situation is just by sitting down with the parents and explaining that with more children under your care at a time, they will be requiring more work and responsibility from you. That being explained, you can ask if come summertime, they could pay you x amount more/hour (or however you are getting paid) because of the extra responsibility you will be taking up. After all, you will be taking care of two more children for quite a few hours a week, so it will be quite the difference from only taking care of one! I'm sure it will work out :)
January 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM
Erica W.
Erica W.
Hi I was wondering if it is right to ask for a raise come summer when I will watch all 3 kids --as opposed to just watching the youngest (3 years old) right now b/c the older ones (6 & 8 years old) are in school? I am currently part time and get 20-30 hours/week. Thoughts? p.s.- I've had all 3 and it is TRIPLE the work of 1. :)
January 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM
Carrie
Carrie
Hi I am curious to get some advice. I am a stay at home mom of one and I nanny for another family with 3 girls ages 6,8,10. I am responsible for feeding the girls and getting them to school and on emergency cases pick them up from school (I only take them and then go back and pick the kindergartner up 2.5 hours later and bring her home with me..... Most the time it's all day.) We originally agreed on $750 a month and broke that up into the 1st $375 and the 15th $375. I work about 33-36 hours a week with these girls. I pay for their food and gas driving them to and from. I somehow think the mom thinks its too much?!? I guess my problem is.... It's not enough for what I deal with but it allows me to stay home with my daughter. I could however work a third shift job when her dad gets home and make way more money. Am I charging too much?!?!
January 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Sheila P.
Sheila P.
This comment is for Tracy H. Dear, you are doing this young woman a favor & giving her a break at the same time. While she may be looking after your 2 children during those 3 hours, she also brings her 4 children with her & takes care of them as well. You are also providing food & shelter for her & her 4 children while she's in your home. You are being a friend & definitely NOT taking advantage of her. This is a different situation than most; I would say that gas money, maybe a little spending money would go a long way toward helping her out.
December 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM
Sheila P.
Sheila P.
To Jane S. and a few others who have posted comments about child care fees/rates: I have a part-time sitter profile on this website which I have decided to remove after reading some of these comments. I'm a single, semi-retired grandmother of 3 who has also raised 3 children of my own. From first-hand experience, I can attest to the difficulties of raising & taking care of children of all ages. I well understand why is is sometimes economically necessary for both parents to work outside their homes & hire either a nanny, part-time sitter or daycare facility to care for their children while they are busy earning a living. That being said, through the years I have learned that being a full-time parent and/or child care giver or teacher is the single most important job in the world. Parents, teachers, grandparents, etc., act as role models for our nations' youth and, as such, are due more respect, and thus, higher pay, than the retail store greeter or fast-food worker. (Now before the mud-slinging begins, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with those jobs; they are necessary to the nation's economy, but caring for our children should count as a higher tier, wouldn't you say?) And if you don't, you are part of the problem, not the solution. Our time is every bit as valuable to us as yours is to you, regardless of whether or not we are with them during waking hours, or staying overnight. The amount of pay we receive should be taking into account our TIME, with which we could be doing something else more lucrative. Child care givers choose to be such because of their love of children. I will be concentrating more on my pet sitting/boarding business which, incidentally, pays better than child care and is no where near as demanding.
December 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Erin W.
Erin W.
Not everyone has the luxury to stay at home with their children due to todays economy. To even suggest that a parent "quit their job to stay at home" is ludicrous! Not all occupations have regular 9-5 hours, i.e. public safety, hospital, etc. And not all jobs pay as well as many think. My husband and I are both in public saftey (law enforcement and Fire/EMS) and keep odd hours with mediocre wages. We cannot "adjust" our schedules to work with the other's so we don't have to pay a babysitter. It's just not possible. My job in particular is a high stress, high risk, lower paying job, even though I've been doing it for 16+ years. I have job security so I'm not going to quit to go work for a fast food restaurant just to synchronize schedules. To those that have the financial means to be a stay at home parent, kudos to you! But don't make the rest of us feel bad because we just can't do it and keep our heads above water.
December 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Arlene B.
Arlene B.
@Megan, why would you go out and work for $1.00 instead of staying at home with your kids? That's the reason I stayed at home when raising my kids. It would be absurd to deny the joys of spending time with my kids. My kids are in college now and I don't regret any minute of it.
December 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Arlene B.
Arlene B.
Why are the people here complaining about baby sitter prices? If you think those are too high, then take your kids to a day care center. It's not like there are not other options. You can always poach someone who works at McDonald's for minimum wage.
December 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM
Arlene B.
Arlene B.
@Pilar. If you hire a baby sitter to stay in your home, would you expect her to be cold or hot because you don't want to run the heater or AC? Would you expect her to walk around in the dark because you are concerned about your electric bill? Would you like your boss adjust your paycheck for utilities? I don't think so. If those things are a great concern to you, then you are better off taking your kids to a daycare which incidentally, passes those expenses on to you in the fee.
December 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM
Lorna T.
Lorna T.
Most people consider their children a wonderful gift from GOD,the most important
people in their lives, so why wouldn't you want to pay for quality, attentive care? You get what you pay for, caring for people's children is a job or career for many people today. Keep this in mind when you are looking for quality care for
your children give quality pay to your babysitter.
December 6, 2013 at 6:24 AM
Laura O.
Laura O.
I am not old enough to babysit yet but this really helped, thanks!
November 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Lolita A.
Lolita A.
Babysitters watch and take care of your children and not your pets. You should pay them well. Shame on the parents that let other people watch their children and expect to pay low. Unless you want these sitters to just stare at your children. Parents who expect to pay sitters low have no idea what is quality care. I can't believe what I am reading here, Some parents would not even pay their sitters well and asking for discounts when their sitters are dropping of their children. Shame on you, parents! How about turning the tables around?
November 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Peggy T.
Peggy T.
If a care giver is dropping off my daughter at an activity 45min away and then she takes 1hr to get back to her home. Should she charge the regular rate for her hour to get home?
October 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Suzie
Suzie
If someone cannot afford in-home childcare (if that's what they want), then they shouldn't have had children. Or move to where all their relatives are and maybe they can give them a discount. I preferred to stay at home with my kids when they were little, maybe you can dump your dead-end minimum wage job and start taking kids in your home. Or find a job that is opposite of your spouse's hours. You just figure it out. Find a situation that is not as expensive as an in-home sitter, maybe drop your kids off at someone's house, not as convenient, but you do what you have to do.
October 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM
Pilar D.
Pilar D.
I feel like if the caregiver is in your home, eating your food, running your lights and water that should be calculated into their pay. Those are expenses on top of the expense we incur for childcare. It's not a problem at all to have the utilities used nor the food consumed, but it is a fact. When we have someone watch our children for a couple of weeks in our home our light bill is always higher because some form of electricity is running for an extra 40-50 hours a week. And again, that's totally fine. We prefer to have someone in our home, but it seems only fair to adjust the wage based on that.
September 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Keke L.
Keke L.
i love this website i can find my kids a nannie thank you keke long bye bye
September 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Malikan F.
Malikan F.
I have three children. Two go to the Y after-care program and one goes to private pre-k. I would NEVER pay the Y the same as I pay the private Pre-K because their goals, setting, and staff requirements are different.

With that said, when choosing a childcare provider I would base the pay the same way. Some providers have the bells, whistles, and credentials and make them worth the high-end prices. Some do not!

Some have some experience, but let's be honest they (~emphasizing~ some...not all) are not professional (long cell conversations, extended tv time, company, texting, directing children from the closest chair and not really interacting) so yes I start my provider with the recommended calculator tool and add an extra dollar or two.

Currently I just need someone to transport one child to the after-care program, and later in the evening transport all three home. The care provider is encouraged to let them stay at the Y for social time with peers. Duration 3hours. Time actually spent with children... maybe 1.5 hours. Generally me and the kids get home around the same.

I do not add more for gas even though there is transport involved given the limited hands on care being offered. To me it's a 'wash'. I encourage the candidate to Google all of the addresses where she would need to go based on where her school/home is and determine if the salary is cost effective (especially if she has a gas guzzler)

IF my childcare provider displays mature, responsible worth ethic then of course she will get an increase. I AM NOT paying top dollar for someone to watch the kids watching 'SpongeBob'. Let's be honest many (I emphasize MANY NOT ALL) take advantage of the 'easier' money to be made'. For example explaining 'easier money' I have been an in-home therapist and treated children with their nannies around and what were the nannies doing ...watching tv, texting, eating, and laying around with their feet up. The state and the parents were paying her in total a whopping $22/hr!!! PER CHILD!!! RIDICULOUS! That is $44 dollars an hour for 5.5hours of NOTHING other than being an available pulse. (I stress in this situation, so don't take it personal and get ruffled if this does not describe you...the responsible harder working child care providers)

There really should be no surprises, each ad, providers and child care seekers, show what their qualifications, credentials, certifications, and needs are. To avoid guess work...Talk to each other. Blogs are ok, however every situation and need is different, so the rates are different. Some of these post insinuate each child care provider is worthy of higher prices because of the job...not true. I would not pay a professional and an amateur the same rate because they both have the same title. Many of us would love to pay more however like one post mentioned if you only make 15/hr and your nanny wants 15/hr...really? But to suggest she is not worthy of child-care because of her earnings is well...rude!

And in response to the 'Stick with Daycare' comment. Many of us need after-care assistance, and many are single parents and DO have daycare. But you can believe the Day-Care workers only see pennies of the actual fee that us parents are spending. So in the end, you would probably earn LESS working with MORE children in a day-care setting than working for a single parent of three and making 10-15/hr...think about it. you may want to revise your post!
September 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Stephanie D.
Stephanie D.
I have had a nanny for the full 4 years of our twins life (the same one). She typically works during the daytime/weekdays. However, on a few occasions she has worked overnight so that we could get away for a few days. She's asking for a particular pay (and I want to keep her happy) but I also think it should be fair to BOTH parties here as well. My kids sleep all night, so to think of paying the daytime (working) wage while she is watching our tv or chatting with her boyfriend is a hard one for me to swallow. How have you handled something like this?
August 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM
Susana F.
Susana F.
I get pay $15 an hour for 1 year old twins. Monday to Friday, 7 hours a week.
I that ok or Should I ask for more?
August 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM
Lee M.
Lee M.
Very intelligently written Matt h. I totally agree. Both parties Need to decide pay before the services are rendered so that both parties have reached an agreeable wage! Communication and compromise is key!!
August 12, 2013 at 1:54 AM
Ann D.
Ann D.
To Coreen M,

I HAVE worked for far more than 10.00 per hour, and found it to be alot easier than chasing around a toddler all day.If you are making so little money you cant afford at home child care. Stick with the day care centers.
Childcare is something I have chosen to do at this point in my life however I WILL NOT accept minimum wage. I dont spend my time sitting around, nor do I ignore the child. It is quite disturbing to hear all that a family has and does when they are paying you less than you are worth and you are having to sacrifice simple things like groceries or gas, so they can have more to indulge themselves. Caring for ones children is a HUGE responsibility, not to be taken lightly. Just as people say that they need to earn a decent wage, well so do we. Believe me the last thing you want is a resentful person caring for what SHOULD BE your most prized possession.
August 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Pamela M.
Pamela M.
I have been asked to do an overnight care totalling 36hrs. I am unsure of what to charge. Its for a 3yr. Old. Can u please help?!?!
August 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Linda R.
Linda R.
Oops, sorry, the baby hit the post button before I was ready to post! As I was saying, I have been doing childcare for most of the last 35 plus years and have worked in many different settings--church daycares, Kindercare, YMCA, private schools, in the children's homes and in my own home. I have degrees in Early Childhood Ed and in Elementary Ed and have taught 4th grade, too. I MUCH PREFER working from my own home where I can control the environment and be selective about how many I accept into my daycare. Part of the equasion re pay is the affluence, or lack thereof, in the area you live in as well as experience and education. I teach a full preschool curriculum plus computer, tablet, music, art, Spanish, French and sign language. I have memberships to the zoo, botanical garden and children's science museum. I am open 13 hrs per day and charge $200 per week per child, which averages to $3.84 per hour. That is before I pay taxes, buy groceries or craft supplies or take them anywhere. I don't get any paid vacations, either. Saying that we haven't worked in the real world or that we "just babysit" shows gross ignorance. Having worked in most types of childcare, I have to say that the ONLY type that I would consider is a private home, especially for an infant.
August 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Linda R.
Linda R.
I have been doing childcare for most of the last 35 years. I have worked in daycare centers, private schools, preschools,
August 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM
Josephine M.
Josephine M.
As a mother of 4, and a caregiver on and off for over 10 yrs. After reading some of the comments on this I wounder as to what some people are thinking? For starters a care giver should be given payed a rightful amount just as others have to work for a living so do we, and to think that we have never busted our butt in the real world is a bad joke. I personally have decided to do this job because I enjoy my time with children after a hard working 2 full time jobs, I would do anything with my children in order to get a smile/laugh out of them and my daily stress from work would melt away. Being a kid myself makes life so much more fun. Now when it comes to the pay I believe that it goes according 1. How many children, 2. Hrs Am/Pm or over 7 hrs a day, 3.If they have rowdy children or special needs 4.Additional activates required outside of the home. With having more certifications I would like better pay but my goal is to find a family I am comfortable with and well behaved children to care for. I believe as a parent and caregiver we need to protect and guide children to make good decisions for life.
August 1, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Matt H.
Matt H.
This article is a little too sure of itself. It does not take into account a parent's pay, it assumes that the babysitter is a professional who works full-time rather than part-time, and it doesn't deal well with questions of what to do when daycare isn't available.

I'm a single dad with three kids (7, 6 and 4). I work odd hours, and they change, too. Sometimes my job has me working 9-6 (and don't get home until about 7), other times noon-9 -- I can even end up working 5pm-2am. During the school year, I pay for preschool during the day for my preschooler and the two older kids go to school. And then, no matter what hours I'm working, I have to pay for childcare in the evenings, too.

I work in a commissioned job with $10/hr base pay, and I feel fortunate if I earn another $10/hr on top of that. There's obviously no guarantee. My wife left me, so there's no second income or anything like that.

At the same time, I understand that people need to be paid fairly. And I want to do the right thing with taxes, too. But I can't afford to calculate things based on whether a babysitter/nanny is adding services or not: +$1/hr for laundry, +$2/hr for cooking.

Here's what I have worked out with my childcare: $9/hr during the kids' awake hours (and I pay taxes) + $0.50/mile of transportation (to cover transportation expenses). Once the kids are asleep, I hire people that I expect will have something to do for themselves, whether homework, a side business/craft, or just personal relaxation, and I pay them $4.50/hr to be awake in my home while the kids are asleep. If it gets so late that they need to sleep, I pay $2.25/hr for them to sleep in my home until I get home to relieve them of their duties.

This works for both of us. It allows me to pay someone and cover taxes. It allows them to earn enough money while the kids are awake (whether they're watching 1 or all 3) to feel like they're being paid for their work. And it allows them to be compensated for late hours without me growing bitter about forking over my entire base pay for someone to sleep on my sofa or watch my Netflix while the kids are sleeping.

I think that's how this discussion should ALWAYS be approached. From BOTH sides. People have to find a way to care for their kids. And both parents and caregivers need to earn income. A caregiver who still lives in their parents' home has fewer expenses, while a caregiver who rents her own apartment and pays all her own bills has greater needs. Some families and caregivers just won't be a fit because of these realities. But I don't think that this means that $5/hr should be considered unfair in all situations, just as I don't think that every caregiver should be expected to provide childcare services for only the minimum wage.

Telling caregivers that they "ought" to earn a certain amount will make it impossible for some people to find childcare that allows them to avoid poverty. And telling families that caregivers "only deserve" a certain amount will drive caregivers into poverty. Both sides need to be honest about their own situations and needs and come to an agreement. And that's all there is to it.

What would I like to pay my childcare? $30/hr plus benefits.

What should I pay my childcare? Whatever allows me to keep my family alive and allows the childcare to survive well enough, too. And that's between us -- it shouldn't be anyone else's business.
July 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Jennifer G.
Jennifer G.
What is the rate for overnight care for a six year old? It would be from 6pm until 7am 3 nights a week.
July 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Annie W.
Annie W.
Paying for gas, $10 if they prepare a meal, more if they have to venture out??? I don't get paid more money because I drive myself to and from work...I think your recommendations are really biased and a bit ridiculous.
July 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Jane S.
Jane S.
I need opinions/suggestions on my situation. For the past week I have been babysitting my neighbor's child (He is 2 and a half years old, very active and does NOT have a bedtime). When we discussed babysitting and the payment I had no clue what to charge and I didn't have any time to do research because she just knocked on my door and asked if I would be willing to watch her child. So, I said yes and I told her to pay me what she would usually pay a babysitter. In our discussion she establish the fact that she works 12 hr. shifts and occasional 24 hr. shifts however, at the time, she failed to mention that she works 7 days a week.

She drops him off with me in the evening between 6pm to 9pm and pick him up between 11:30am to 1pm every day and on Saturday she was "running late" and didn't pick him up until 6pm (mind you she had time to pay a visit to the hairstylist). I have been watching her child for 7 days for an average of 17 hrs. a day, the exact total hours for the week was 126.5 hrs. (keep in mind the are only 168 hrs. in a week) and she paid me $160 for the week which amounts to $1.26 an hour. On what planet is THAT reasonable? I find it insulting. I take good care of her child, treating him as if he were a member of my family and that is what I get in return. There is no way she paid her last babysitter that amount.

I have told her I need to renegotiate the fee for my services and that I can only watch him 5 days a week if she wants to continue to leave him with me.


What do you think a fair price is for the amount of hours I watched her child?
July 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Lizy B.
Lizy B.
I get $5 dollars a hour for 3 kids all are toddlers. That is crazy but I can't really do anything about it.
July 23, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Emily J.
Emily J.
I have a friend who is willing to pay me $50 dollars a week per child which is $400 a month i think that what she wants to pay me isn't fair cause if she had them in preschool/day care it would cost her almost $200 a week for each child for a full day and the kids are 3 almost and 1 almost 2
July 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Zimblue
Zimblue
The pay should be discussed before the job. If both agree then both parties will be happy. A 12 year old might even be willing to babysit for free to gain experience. A person working for minimum wage cannot pay her babysitter minimum wage. That would be silly. A discussion and agreement is necessary for every different situation.
June 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Faithanne R.
Faithanne R.
Wow!

As a highly qualified, experienced nanny, I'm amazed and appalled at a lot of the comments on this post. $10.00 is not outrageous, and for most qualified nannies, is not acceptable pay.

A true nanny does not sit on your couch and keep your children company. A true nanny has a plan, schedule, and routine they implement to help raise your children. At a summer or day camp, there are several children paying the same amount. This equals out to minimum wage for each of the employees. No child gets special attention, there is nobody in your home, your laundry does not get done, your child is not receiving one on one care, not attending classes and playdates, and not in their home environment. You pay little at daycare because all you are receiving is basic, minimum care.

Nannies are paid more because it is a luxury to have a nanny. Nannying is a full time career, that allows you to do your job. If you cannot afford $10.00 taxed at a minimum, with paid time off and benefits, then you probably should look into a nanny share, day care, or camp.

A nanny doesn't just hang out with your child, they help you raise your child in your home environment. If you don't value it, neither will they. You get what you pay for.

Would you accept a job that paid you only $35.00 a day? If so, how and where would you live? What would you eat? And, how would you get to work? Certainly, you would not be able to afford a car, let alone gas and insurance.

If so, then how would you feel about the person paying you? You would begin to resent it, maybe even devalue them. Ultimately, you wouldn't do your best because you would be taken advantage of.

It's a cold truth, and I'm sorry to say it, but most people cannot afford a nanny.
May 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
I need some advice, guys! What is your opinion on me getting paid $30/day for caring for a six month old little girl, in their home, from 7:30-5:00, M-F? When you do the math, that only equals out to $3.15/hr. Shouldn't I AT LEAST be getting minimum wage? I have ten+ years of paid child care experience, including other nanny jobs, babysitting jobs, & five years of daycare experience in the infant room. The calculator on here says that I should be making around $10-$11/hr. I don't think this family is going to want to pay me that kind of money, even if it's just minimum wage. They had the little girl in daycare, but took her out because they didn't like the daycare setting & wanted her to receive one-on-one care. What should I do? All opinions are welcome! Thanks so much!
May 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM
Amy J.
Amy J.
I'm struggling with what is expected weekly to watch my 9 year old who is mainly independent. I just need someone to make sure he doesn't catch the house on FIRE! He's a good kid, needs help making lunch, maybe take him to grandmas' pool - she gets a tan too! - free bowling, ride bikes and hang out with my kid. Why does that cost $350/week? What's an acceptable DAILY rate? I'd pay $35/day at daycare/summer camp. Why isn't that acceptable for a sitter?
May 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM
Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.
During summer and other school breaks we have been paying $700 PER WEEK to the daycare for full coverage for three children. That is $300 for a toddler and $200 each for an 8 and 9 year old. It is so painful to fork out that amount which is a huge portion of my net pay from work (the tax benefits are all used up by April). If we keep the toddler in daycare I thought I could find a neighborhood teenager or stay at home mom to hang out with the older girls during school breaks. I thought that might cost less, instead of $400 per week for daycare they are too old for anyways, who wouldn't want an extra $300 (let's say) a week for this easy job. Now after going through all this information I'm not so sure...
April 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Alice
Alice
As a highly experienced child care provider there are a few things to factor in. I must emphasize CHILD CARE PROVIDER because that is what it is. I am not sitting on your couch texting and watching tv as if I were home. I am caring for your child's needs including emotional, physical, social, and educational. There are certificates and specific talents or attributes that can make a child care provider qualify for a higher pay per hour. If they are watching more than one child, they should also be payed higher. If they cook, clean, do laundry, etc they should be payed higher. Value the people you invite into your home, along all of your belongings, and most importantly who you trust with your child/children.

This being said, talk to the person you are hiring. If you can't afford their asking price ask them if they can compromise if you promise them a certain number of hours a week. Or possibly allow them to eat the food in your fridge so having to buy their own food will be one less expense for them. Maybe they will accept a lower wage if you offered them transportation money. There are many possible ways to work things out with people if you just talk to them. They may be okay with it, they may not. I worked with a family who in the beginning couldn't afford the wages I was accustomed to receiving. The family asked if we could start lower and renegotiate after a few months. I agreed and everything worked out.

Under no circumstance should you de-value what that person is doing for you and your child.
April 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Donna
Donna
I forgot to say this is a full time position. Mon and tues I am in the home from 9am to 5. Wed-Fri I am in the home from 7-5. Let me know what you think.
April 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Donna
Donna
I am starting a Nanny position. I am watching a seven month old and a four year old child. I do the laundry fixed their meals and keep to rooms picked up. I also can change the linen on the childrens bed. I will read to the four year old and teach him how to write his name. I can take out in her car.
April 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM
Valerie H.
Valerie H.
Everyone is making comments about if you don't want to pay the price for in-home sitting then send your kids to daycare. I work shift work and there are times my husband and I are gone say 4pm-2am at the same time. I don't know about your area but here in my area we don't have 24 hours daycares. My children are older and basically need someone to get them to bed and they don't stay up late. 8pm is bed time. So really that is only 4 hours of awake time. I don't have a problem paying the same rate for both hours; however, sitters need to think of what they are asking. If you are wanting 12/hr and the person you work for makes 20/hr now their pay is 6/hr with taxes taken out. I understand that everyone needs to live, but pointing fingers doesn't solve a thing. I am starting to worry I am not going to be able to find a sitter for a reasonable rate. :(
March 21, 2013 at 4:27 AM
Parker L.
Parker L.
whats a fair rate to pay a babysitter to watch one child from either 4pm-9pm OR 10pm-2am?? no cooking, cleaning, or driving the child around will be necessary. they would be free to eat food we have here and bring homework with them. pretty easy gig. oh and i require that anyone who sits for me lives 10 mins or less away .
March 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM
jeanie
jeanie
How much should I pay my live in grandma that watches my two children, if anything?
March 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM
sarandipity
sarandipity
I think the price for babysitting has become insane, it is not rocket science. When I was working as a cna I made 10 an hour taking care of 6 adults in a home with dementia. Adults, some who could not walk, who were violent who needed to be changed, fed, bathed and put to bed. I was the only one on my shift for all the care. This is normal for Care-giving and sometimes the pay is worse. I can not justify paying a teenager or anyone more than five dollars an hour to watch my two children who are less work then one handicap adult. If you want someone who will do a good job and give good care find a good person, money can't buy empathy.
March 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Madison S.
Madison S.
I see a lot of similar comments. I know times are tough, and that a lot of people are struggling to take care of their children, but nannies are struggling too. A lot of people become nannies and babysitters because they deeply enjoy working with children. Not because they have nothing else to do and dont want to get a "real job". They take care of our children. Our lives. Our homes. Why should we treat them like they do any less? Aren't we supposed to do what's best for our children? If you can't afford in home care, take your kids to day care. But it's unfair to complain about how much they charge when you think about the value of their responsibility. They are a replacement us. We shouldn't treat them like they are any less. And age shouldn't be a problem. If they have the experience then treat them like it. Its horrible to take advantage of someone like that.
March 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Member Care.
Member Care.
Hi Linda R!

That is a great question! We have some tools that you may find useful when trying to figure out an acceptable pay rate. Check out the babysitter calculator which gives you the average pay rate for babysitters in your area. That calculator can be found here: http://www.care.com/news-views
Additionally, we have a page that is dedicated to nanny taxes and all the information and resources you need to get started with that process. That information can be found here: http://www.care.com/nanny-pay
I hope that helps and please let us know if you have any further questions!
February 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Linda R.
Linda R.
I am looking for someone to watch 1 third grader for a total of 9 hours per week (3hrs/day x 3 days), with school pick up and homework help. What would be an acceptable rate taking tax withholding into consideration?

This is my first time looking for in home care.

Thanks
February 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Rose H.
Rose H.
I forgot to mention, that the oldest one is in school full time, another in preschool so I only have him 4-5hours a week and then the toddler....
February 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Rose H.
Rose H.
I work for a family that has 3 children. One is in school full time, one goes to preschool, so I only have him 4-5 hours a week and the other is a toddler. When I was hired, we agreed on a set amount and I was only working 12 hours aw eek. I work 16 hours a week now. Since then I also have been certified in CPR/FIRST AID. I do the usual things with the kids: prepare meals, clean up, I have potty trained, I am currently trying to wean the toddler off the bottle completely although I still change diapers. I also read to them, help with homework, do projects, take them out for walks and to the park....I also take care of the friends they have over on occassion for playdates. It seems to me I am doing more work, working longer hours for the same original pay. I dont mean to complain or anything but how do I calculate the pay that I should be receiving.?? I am thinking I should approach "my family" for a "raise" but need something to back me up for everything I do, without sounding ungrateful. Please help. Thanks
February 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Jill R.
Jill R.
What is the going rate for weekend care with overnight responsibilities?
February 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Derrian A.
Derrian A.
What would be a fair wage lets say for 2:30pm to 7:30 in the morning. 1 child that it is in school. This would be only on occasions.
February 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Scott S.
Scott S.
What is a fair rate to pay a live in nanny ? We are thinking $200.00 a week plus free living accomodations (except cell phone) Hours will be less when kids are in school and obviously more hours when summer vacation. They will be working 5 days a week with 2 days off and can come n go as they please when kids are not here and on days off.
Our nanny will have their own room and space, be able to eat, drink, ect... whatever we have in the house, watch our big screen tvs,use our furniture appliances, internet and cable.
I figure minimum wage is $7.45 hour x 40 hours is $298.00 and if someone has to pay rent, utilities and grocery bill this is a better deal.
Granted the hours will be less than 40 when school is on and more than 40 when kids are on break.
February 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Cindy M.
Cindy M.
For all the people that think us nannys are wrong for wanting to be paid more then mininmum wage should wake up and realize what your saying. You are paying for convience as well as someone to care for your child/children one on one,in your home, with all the rest of the duties one is asked of, like laundry, house cleaning. These are things you don't get in a day care center or even in a home care. Your childs at less risk of getting sick, because they are in their own home and not exposed to sick children that they will be exposed to in centers or someone elses home.

You will pay less then mininmum wage at a day care center or at someone elses home, so if that's all you can afford, then that's what you should do with your child. Making money works both ways and everybody should be paid fairly for the work they provide. Just because one may not make enough to pay what a nanny expects, shouldn't mean that we expect too much, it means that you should find another way to find care for your child, because some can afford the convience and services a nanny provides and are willing to do so.

We all want to be paid fairly in the end and pay fairly for something, so people just need to make realistic descsions when it comes to what they can afford and what they are willing to work for, but no one should have to make less then mininmum wage and no one should expect one too either.

I do agree that nannys should be paid according to what duties they have aside from caring for child/children. We are providing care for the child/children and anything beyond that should be compensated for. This is something both parties need to agree upon in the begining.

Nannys provide a service and it's no different then someone coming to your home for a house call. You pay for the service you need and the convience of someone coming to you. No body should have to work for less then mininmum wage, especially someone caring for your child.
February 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Michelle S.
Michelle S.
I understand everyone's financial stress. But devaluing others is not okay. If you are unhappy with your sitter because they are not interacting with your kids, teaching them, playing with them, feeding them, comforting them, enforcing rules, and most importantly keeping them from doing back flips off the arm of the couch, them by all means, leave your kids home alone.
February 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Jasmond S.
Jasmond S.
Dawn & Kristen

Dawn I agree with you. It is very important to pay a sitter accordingly. You can't expect a nanny/sitter to give their all if you are going to pay them less than minimum wage. Having a sitter in home is supposed to help give your child(ren) that one on one experience. Although there are ALOT of great daycares, your child is going to be more at ease and learn more If you have someone that is soley dedicated to them. I am personally always one to negotiate with a family about wages, but I am not going to spend the majority of my time to help raise another child when I'm not getting paid enough . Just like any other job, I I have to make enough to live as well. I think if you aren't able to pay AT LEAST $8-10 an hour for one child then you should find a daycare , or a sitter who is able to watch multiple children in their home. Usually if a sitter is able to do some sort of in-home daycare they can charge less per child.

Also, if you are expecting your sitter/nanny to do any detailed house cleaning, run your personal errands, do drop-offs/pick-ups, ect, then you should expect to pay more. People may see it as an easy job, but it is obviously a big deal if you aren't able to do these duties yourself. Taking care of children is ALOT of work, and it takes dedication and patience. If you find someone that you know will truly care for your child and is willing to dedicate their time to helping you out , then you in return should be able to help them by paying them accordingly.
February 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM
Coreene M.
Coreene M.
Kristen, W. I agree with you. These sitters does not have real life experience and not willing to go out there and work hard. So we must go out there and work hard to give them what is left and we pay taxes with no regards for the fact that they are not working for rich people! I have more luck with reasonable rate from a CNA that understands what it is like to earn $8-10 dollars an hour take care of 10+ patients! They work realty hard vs a sitter that come sit on the coach and keep the kids company.

I would have no problem in paying a sitter big money if I was making big money!
February 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM
Coreene M.
Coreene M.
These baby sitter with or without experience need to get a real job to see how hard they would have to work for $8.00 to $10 dollars per hour before they start demanding these big paycheck! I worked as a sitter for years and received the same payment if I take care of one or more children. Most people are not deducting taxes out of their paycheck as the law require.

If I make $20 dollars per hour, pay taxes and other deduction, how much money do I have left after paying for baby sitting? Most day care that provides meal charges $120- 150 per week for a child and gives discount for more than one child!

No one is forcing a baby sitter to work for less than they want.
February 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Dawn G.
Dawn G.
In response to Kristin W.. you working to live is no different than a caregiver working to live except that they are in charge of another life which is a very important job. A job is a job and should be paid accordingly.
February 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM
Kristin W.
Kristin W.
I think its wrong for a sitter to expect a whole income like a normal job for watching one child! And then to be watching 3 or more and to be expecting to recieve a doctors wages? Seriously, thats ridiculous!! Every parent wants to know their child is in good hands and will negotiate with that but realistically sitters need to understand that the people working right now HAVE to work to LIVE, its not really a choice. And alot of these people DONT have a second or extra income but their job!!!
February 5, 2013 at 2:11 AM
Kristin W.
Kristin W.
Are there any sitters still out there that accept Child Care Assistance for help in paying them? I don't know about most but considering the economic situation most jobs right now arn't paying their workers for experience. At least that is my situation even with a professional License. I am a single mother with one child and HAVE to work to take care of my little one. I dont make what I should be getting but do get the hrs. And I dont have someone else around for a second income. Can't ever depend on such things like CHILD SUPPORT either.
February 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM
Jacqueline R.
Jacqueline R.
I agree with the comment about tax rules. Sitters need to know that anyone paid more than $1000 by an employer in a year is supposed to have Federal taxes, FICA, and state disability withheld from pay.

Also, parents please clarify experience claims. A sitter with ten years of experience caring for her own child or the children of close relatives is not the same as a sitter with ten years of experience babysitting. It's like saying you are a hairdresser with ten years experience of doing your own hair. It's a different challenge dealing with children (and negotiating with parents!) who have different house rules, values, and expectations.
January 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Carrie M.
Carrie M.
The caluclator suggests that you should pay more ($1-2/hour) if you are going to ask the sitter to do cleaning/laundry. Does this apply if you are only asking for this to be done while the child is at school so they would have nothing to do anyway?
December 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
Why do families think it's okay to offer less than minimum wage? I got offered more as a teenager than I do now! I am older, have more experience, and will have my degree in early childhood education in 6 months.
November 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Katie C.
Katie C.
I would also disagree with the comment about paying a babysitter less if they are just putting the kids to bed. Many times children do wake up, whether just infants who can't sleep, toddlers with nightmares, or sick children. Even if the kids don't wake up it is still our time as the sitter. We could be out with our families or our friends/boyfriend. It is time taken away from our lives, and also it is many times our lively hood.

As for Laurie's question,
I would use the babysitting calculator to calculate how much it would cost for 3 children with the years of experience your sitter has. I would add maybe 2 dollars per hour simply for the fact they are triplets, which is more work. If she is a live in nanny, she needs to be given at least paid vacations and sick days, if not other benefits as well. The calculator also calculates cost per week/month/year. So put in approximate the number of hours your nanny would actually be caring for the children, and it will tell you the cost. Hope that is helpful. Live-in nannies generally do get paid more on account they are giving up a lot of their personal time, because work is now also their home.
October 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Laurie L.
Laurie L.
What is the going rate for a live in Nanny? She will be taking care of triplets!
October 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM
Husband of babysitter
Husband of babysitter
I would also like to note that the babysitter is watching your child ,to pay them lets say just $2.00 an hours for over a 10 hour day starting at 6:30 am even for a friend says more then anything my words can.Pay them better then what you might donate to charity unless you just don't care about your child.
September 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM
Kara S.
Kara S.
I don't think a lot of people realize that as babysitters , the majority of us paid for additional training courses towards our job (CPR, First Aid, Early child development, etc)and value that more then what a daycare would pay.

In my years of babysitting I have a range I do charge from; however, it is also based on what expectations they would like me to meet during working hours....laundry, transportation, household work, etc. All the families I have worked for didn't have problem if initially I asked for more per hour then what they had originally planned to pay!
September 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Marie
Marie
I am a 24/7 day care and I don't let them watch tv, the care is in my home day and night time hours. If you are paying $10 an hour ask yourself for what? You have the children in your home and you pay higher still?
I charge 20 a day and 25 a night. I only charge 5 an hr per child and that covers food Id on't see why day care has to be so much when you care for less than 6 kids. I am not getting rich on my clients, I am supporting them and helping them to care for their children and try to make them happy and safe until the parent arrives. I care for the child and their safety not
money in my pocket. I charge just enough for food and expenditures that normally would be for caring but I divide the whole amount by the kids I have.
August 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Keiannah S.
Keiannah S.
Annette E.-I think a flat rate would be fair. If it's a school day I'd pay a little less since the kids will be in school a good chunk of the day. If it's on the weekend a little more since they will need to be watched all day. If you normally pay 10$ an hr. I think 100 for a school day or 150 for a weekend day would be fair. Also remember to pay a little extra depending on the numbers and complexity of meals that will need to be prepared.
August 21, 2012 at 4:40 AM
Annette E.
Annette E.
What would be a fair rate to pay someone keeping my 2 children (9 & 12) in my home for 24 hours? Would I still pay hourly or is a flat rate for the 24 hours fair?
August 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Megan K.
Megan K.
I make 12.95 an hour and I pay babysitter 10 an hour And live 20 miles away so I would make um $1 an hour?
July 24, 2012 at 3:25 AM
M. Doglett
M. Doglett
I find that the sitter and the family have to be fairly up front when dealing with babysitting or petsitting pay. Otherwise, you end up with families who will (a) pay 60 to watch their 8-year-old son for 5 hours, and families who will (b) pay $60 for you to feed, walk, and let out their (overly needy) dog every few hours for eight days. When you have a good sitter, two things will keep you at the top of her schedule- your kids and your pay. If you've got great kids but you pay like it's the 1980's, you might get more than two jobs. If you have a lot of kids (or worse- a few badly behaved ones) then pay.
Sitters, if you find a few families like in (a) keep them on your list, because babysitting can prove you don't need a job right then.
July 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM
SJN
SJN
Since babysitting/nanny jobs are most of the time under the table, the minimun wage doesn't apply.
July 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Susan A.
Susan A.
Families AND Sitters should be provided the LEGAL amount of MINIMUM WAGE. Any amount LESS than LEGAL should NOT be offered as an OPTION!
June 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM
Victoria A.
Victoria A.
Is there a way to caculate the percentage of inflation since the early 80's when I babysat for $1.00, yes, ONE dollar an hour? I'd be curious to know what it is?
May 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Nicole P.
Nicole P.
I agree with most, but age is just a number. I started babysitting when I was twelve years old with my sister and I'm 18 now, the family I sit for is very nice and they pay nicely. I'm happy they don't judge my age, they judge my experience!
May 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM
Gregory P.
Gregory P.
How muc and how would you determine the amount for special needs children?
extra intense ADHD 4 yr old.
May 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Hannah A.
Hannah A.
Any recommendations on the rate for a live in nanny? Child is 5months old. 6months experience, doesnt drive, no CPR training, I provide all her food. She doenst pay rent or utilities.She has every other weekend off.
Thanks!
May 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM
Tabitha A.
Tabitha A.
I charge a flat rate where I live.. everyone does mine is 15 a day per kid for hours 7am-7pm anytime after that is 25 a night.. 20 a day on weekends.. this is per child so i do make some money.. right now I watch years 3.2.2.and 1.. they are asleep when i get there so i watch them from 8pm-2am.. so i charge her 75 a night as a discount for having multiples..
April 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM
Tracy H.
Tracy H.
What would be fair to pay a sitter to watch my 7 yr old and 10 yr old? She brings her 4 children which are 5 months, 4 yrs, 10 yrs, and 12. I provide food for everybody. There is use of my computer and internet service. They stays from 5:30pm until 8:45pm. She currently lives in a homeless shelter so it gives her a break from the other two families she shares a house with nearby. I met her because her daughter and mine became best friends in school. Her husband left her before the last baby was born so she came to Virginia. She is a nice person. I need a sitter so I asked her to stay with the kids whenever she can and I'd give her money to cover the gasoline expense. I'm a single mom and make $27k a year so I can't really afford anymore than what I paid in 2010 to a licensed provider in California which was $35 for no more than 12 hrs a day. That was for one child. Considering the circumstances I don't want to take advantage of her but I feel like since she does bring her children that maybe I would pay less than if she came alone. We are helping one another so it hasn't been an issue but I would like some opinions. What should I pay her on a daily basis? Should I pay less than if she came alone? I'm just curious what others think?
April 21, 2012 at 3:16 AM
Lori K.
Lori K.
What would be a fair rate to pay someone keeping my 2 children (8 & 9) in their home for 24 hours? Would I still pay hourly or is a flat rate for the 24 hours fair?
April 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Lauren D.
Lauren D.
I disagree with paying a sitter less if they are going to be putting the kids to bed. Not only are you paying a sitter to watch your children, you are also paying for their time.

Not to mention, the child could awaken during the night and need care. Which would mean the sitter would be tending to a possibly sick child for hours.

The cost of a sitter should not depend on the children being awake or sleeping.
April 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Fanny P.
Fanny P.
Ok if I get $100 a day for babysitters and I have 2 babys How Much Should I Pay to my nanny.
April 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM
Autumn C.
Autumn C.
This article fails to remind parents and caregivers about tax withholding issues. I've had babysitters cite the babysitter pay rate calculator when attempting to negotiate rates but they aren't aware of withholding issues. A link to the Nanny Tax article would be appropriate here.
October 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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