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Pay rate for 2 children

User in Wendell, NC
Jan. 15, 2018

Please no one butcher or attack me as I am trying to hire a babysitter/nanny for the first time,I am a new mom and new to all of this.I am seeing where you guys are saying $10-$15/hr is the appropriate pay rate for a child.I will need care for two children,meaning $20-$30 an hr.If I work a 9-5(8 hrs) plus 1 hr for drivetime (30 min there,30 min back)=9 hrs×$20=$180-$270/day or $900-$1,350/week.WHAT?????am I missing something?does anyone actually pay this?does anyone actually MAKE this??sounds like Im in the wrong business,I need to take care of others children for a living.right?

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I was a nanny and household manager for a family with two children. I cared for two girls, cleaned the house, all laundry, errands, and took care of 5 pets. I was only paid $10 an hour but I really should have been making $15 dollars for all I did. If you do not require house cleaning other than light tidying up after the children then I would say 13 an hour. Some things to consider are: 1. Are you going to be paying nanny taxes for them? 2. Are they going to have a contract with you? 3. What do you really want them to be responsible for? 4. Will you require them to drive their own car? 5. If they do drive their own car, How much per mile are you willing to pay? These are all things that I did not think about getting in writing with my last family. Things worked out for us but it had quite a learning curve. If I can be of any more help do not hesitant to contact me.

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User in Jenison, MI
April 23, 2019

I charge 15-20$ per hour does not matter how many kids you have. But when new baby comes along 1$ raise and you should do yearly rate of living raises. When people have those rates up it is per hour not per kid.

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User in Aurora, CO
April 23, 2019

Hi new mom! I would have to agree with some of the previous posts. Depending on the area, you could be looking anywhere from $10-$25 an hour. This will also depend on how much work you are requesting from your nanny, how much experience and how many children. In my experience, most sitters will have a base rate and add an additional couple of bucks per child. I would be open and honest with what you can afford and what you expect in return.

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I would say a fair price to charge for 2 children for 8 hours per day for 5 days per week would be $200 - $250 per week

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New mom, Only day cares charge 200-250/ week for full time care for 1 child (or 2 if you live in the midwest)-- it breaks down to $5-6 an hour. Federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour in CA its $10/hour, cities like SF its $12.25/hour. Anyone who tells you a price bellow minimum wage is selling them self short, be careful around that. Care.com has a calculator for your zip code, number of children, and experience level of the caregiver. I live just outside SF. For two kids I make $18-20/hour with no other job then child care and child laundry.

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User in Nederland, TX
Sept. 2, 2015

I would say $250-$350 would be more reasonable depending the ages of the children,responsibilites ect.

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Hello, new mom. Don't worry, and always remember that you have to do what you are comfortable with. Providing for yourself and children and number one, so don't stretch the budget if you can't. Most people are reasonable and understanding. $10-$15/hr, depending on experience sounds about right, but, again, whatever works best for you. You will find the right fit. Best of luck!

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User in Cadillac, MI
Sept. 3, 2015

Honestly I've had this conversation with other moms and caregivers all over the country and what I've found is it is 100% dependent on where you live! Where I used to live I made $10/hr for 2 kids. Where I am now $30/day is common for one child, the 2nd would be much cheaper too, it's often below $200/week for child care here but a lot of people are bringing home less than $400/week at their jobs so child care providers can hardly charge more than that.

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User in Keene, NH
Sept. 2, 2015

I think it all depends on who you talk to for me 10- 15 an hour is just a base line on here. I personally would say that's still enough for 2. but iv always been a cheaper person! because I don't think babysitting is that hard if you love it! id say 100 a week is more reasonable to say

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User in Arverne, NY
Sept. 2, 2015

- Whatever you willing to pay me ill be fine and ill try to work with you about the money issuse there is i love kids so i wouldnt mine

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User in Rexford, NY
April 23, 2019

Generally additional kids don't double the charge. I tend to charge a base pay per hour, plus between 2-5 dollars per additional kid. So, for example, if I'm taking care of one kid it's just the base pay, if I'm taking care of two kids it's the base pay plus 2, and so on. You definitely shouldn't need to double what you pay.

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You and your babysitter should agree on a price that is good for both of you. It also depends on extra duties you wish to have done. For me $10.00 an hour for two kids would be good. But it depends on the baby sitter and what she brings to the table.

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Larissa in Auburn, AL
Jan. 15, 2018

I honestly think the $10-$15 is kind of ridiculous too! even doing a profile on Care.com the lowest you can ask for is $10 an hour. I don't think you should increase the rate so much for having a second child unless you just have really rowdy kids. A couple of years ago when my mom needed babysitting she paid a high school girl from church $8 to watch the three kids and her parents thought she was getting paid way too much. Part of it depends on where you live but you may just want to ask people you want to hire what they think a fair price is or hire someone younger who just wants some extra cash to spend.

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