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Is 10-15 A HOUR to much?

Imani in Riverdale, GA
April 26, 2018

Everyone is saying to 10-15 an hour is to much for a teen. IS that right is 5-10 better?

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I believe that minimum wage to $12 seems fair and reasonable for a teen. 

Tammy in Vinita, OK
June 24, 2017

$10 is the going rate for Teens. If there are other things requested for you to do like cleaning then of course the wage should come up some. Baby sitting and being a Nanny are two different things, keeping that in mind.

Merry in Brent, AL
June 24, 2017

My name is Merry Escoto, I am 15 years old and I have a 10 year old shih-tzu who needs dog food, puppy pads, and shampoo for dry skin. I have to constantly give her baths because she pees in her bed. My dog is my responsibility so my parents don't buy her anything. I have spent two hundred dollars on on my dog in the past three weeks and I only get a forty dollar allowance once a month. So to answer your question no ten to twenty dollars to pay teenagaer is not too much, and you are also asking them to look after your kids that are your responsibility, and to clean your house that you pay for. Think about that next time because you are the one asking for someone to take care of your tasks, and you should be grateful teens want to help you.

Grace in Albany, NY
June 28, 2017

I honestly think 10-15 is a little too much. I think people are looking to get 25- 30 an hr.

For a teen $10 should be right. For an adult with paid experience and CPR certified, etc. they should be paid above the minimum wage, I would say $15 at the lowest starting wage. You are taking care of a small delicate life or many lives, this is not to be taken lightly.

Gina in Santee, CA
July 3, 2017

depends on age of teen

It depends on the teen i guess. Im 15, and although I would appreciate being paid the same amount as a grown individual, I'd understand if you paid me less. Not because Im younger of course, but rather because I have less experience. That doesn't necessarily mean Id be less efficient in the task at hand however, which is why i say it depends.

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User in Las Vegas, NV
July 25, 2018

No. Not compared to what they'd pay for a daycare. The average pay on Care.com is $15-$25. considering your gas, bottle of water or cup of Joe and deductions, you're not really making $15/hour. I wouldn't take less than $12/hour as a minimum. It doesn't matter if you're not of a certain age or have routine living expenses, you can help your parents or yourself defer the expense of car care, pay for college and/or save for emergencies if you charge the standard fair rate. Don't ever sell yourself short. Best!

Less than $20 an hour? Not worth your time, if you supply all.

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I think 10-15 is right. Other things factor in of course, but I believe you get what you pay for.

What if the housecleaning job has more rooms and space. Would it be reasonable for me to ask for more than $15 an hour? I would think it would be ok, but I could be wrong. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance.

i am in agreement its a fair pay.

yes that is fair to ask for more money if more services and duties are needed within the home. 10 an hour adds up when they want and need you for a longer time frame than suggested

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I definitely don't think that as a teen, people should pay them less because they don't have any "real" expenses yet. When I was 15 I had to start helping out paying for my little brother for his school supplies, his sports, food, etc. Around 15 or 16 was also the time my mom started having me help pitch in for rent. We live in the Bay Area and it's not the easiest to live. I'm not mad about having to start helping my household so young, but I wouldn't have ever been able to do it if people were paying me less just because I was a teenager with only personal and no professional experience with kids and/or pets yet.

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No.  Never downgrade what you are worth, it is a confidence thing, if you feel you are worth it, it will come out in your voice, if you act shy and hesitate, they will know they can slash your price.  "I am $12 an hour and your child will not be watching TV, nor will I be on my cell phone, we will be....."

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Ingrid in Peoria, AZ
March 9, 2018

I believe you should show why you deserve that $10-15. Normally $10 is a good way to earn if you are a teenager. If you feel your services are outstanding and incomparable, then by all means, offer more. Just remember that sometimes you can even bump up your fare if you agree to do more help for the family. 

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Tammy in Vinita, OK
July 25, 2018

NO. Even a teenager is required to be paid at the very least minimum wage. Minimum Federal wage is different than State wages in many states and each state has a different state wage. So don't go lower than that of your state minimum. However, ultimately it is the employer who decides what the pay will be. You are the one who has to negotiate the pay. Let say minimum wage is $10 in your state. So this is a good starting point to consider. If sitting is all that is expected than that may be fair. If they want you to do dishes, clean house than you would up the ante. Negotiating your wage is important. Most who need a sitter will ask you what you charge. Don't give a flat rate. Tell them it depends on your requirements, get them to talk about what they expect of you. Just simply sitting for children as a responsible party and no other requirement would be at the lower range. If cleaning the house and dishes are expected as I said, can up the ante. Start by first asking them what their pay range is?  Let them throw out the numbers first. Simply tell them that I start at (whatever your bottom line would be) but for conversation sake 10.00 hr and for the additional duties I charge 15 hr. At least so you are only doing what is fair and mutaully agreed upon.

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If the quality of your work, even as a teen, is equal to or better than a seasoned housekeeper, then you are entitled to the same pay. Get your references in order and do your thing. 

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I think that if a teen is between the ages of 13 and 15 then they don't necessarily need the money for anything that is substantial to living, then again there was this friend of mine who needed to have money in order to support a sibling and a parent. Now don't get me wrong, I believe that teens that are younger than 17 don't necessarily need a lot of money, those that do, are the ones that are 17 and are going off to college or are in need of money that is going into savings until they find an apartment or room to share while in college. So I believe that when a 17 year old is looking for a job then they should look for a job that is paid 10-15 and then actually work hard at it!

Maturity comes in young packages sometimes. Irresponsibility can come with the aged. Money is a compensation for what you receive from an employee. A good match is a work forever in progress and the most important factors are the needs being met for parents children and employee.

Marie in Graham, WA
Jan. 22, 2018

I hate to tell you but nowadays kids as you g as 10 are saving money to pay for many things that past generations didn't need to.Many families are struggling and can't even afford new shoes for gym. Plus many are saving for college since scholarships are hard to come by now... & they cover very little. So don't sell these kids short.They do have numerous reasons to need money at a you ger age. They also should be paid for what service they are providing. Just because, they are younger doesn't mean they are not doing the same amount of work...as say a 40yr old nanny/caregiver does.

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User in Woodside, NY
July 14, 2017

10 is great but 5 is too low.

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It really depends on the number of children or pets and the ease of caring for them. Age of the child(ren) and experience of the sitter.

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10 to 15 is way to much.

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I think that it depends on how capable you are and what it is you are able to do, rather than what age you are. However, because you are a teenager it's possible that parents would go with someone older for the same price because of the idea that the older someone is the more responsible they are. Which is probably why you might be better of starting at a lower babysitting wage and then when you get references to put on your profile you can raise it up, so you can at least get your foot in the door. If you already have a few references then you should put them on and keep the wage the same, since it's clear that you are capable.

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User in Tacoma, WA
July 18, 2017

You should be making minimum wage at least. Anything less is illegal. Beyond that it really depends on your experience, the level of care for the child, the extra activities they want you to do, and how many children you are watching. If you have no paid experience outside of watching family, I would think minimum wage would be a fair price to start.

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Not at all. When you're on a professional site like this, you're offering a service that's a little bit more legit than if you just ask your neighbors kid to babysit. At least $10 an hour is good when just starting out on a platform like this. It depends on what you value your service at! ( :

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$10-15 is reasonable, even for a teen. What with inflation these days, even the minimum wage is around 10.

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i think its a great start we as teen sitters should feel confidant about how we charge.

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You seem to feel it is too much 

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Molly in Olympia, WA
June 27, 2017

I think $10 is a great base price for your care. Factor in the number of children and their ages, and adjust the price up or down.

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Hi! I'd say present yourself professionally. Have documentation in hand in a folder, make eye contact, and provide references. Your presentation regardless of your age will reflect your standard. People ultimately display how they should be treated/evaluated. You want to be taken serious because it is a serious profession, and you have every right to receive the standard of minimum wage or higher.

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It kinda depends on what you thank you can afford to pay and also you need to also consider how much someone is willing to work for when it comes to babysitting

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Allana in Austin, TX
Oct. 23, 2018

I started babysitting as a teen too. At the time minimum wage was $7, so I charged $7/hr plus $2/hr for each additional child. Depending on your level of experience I would say $8-$10/hr plus $2/hr for each additional child.

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Ave in Lansing, KS
Aug. 25, 2018

I am a babysitter and I am 12 years old. Right now, I am getting paid $7-$10 an hour for babysitting. I think it is reasonable to pay $10 or $11 for a teen. Honestly, a 13 or 14 year old IT DOESNT MATTER!!!! It matters the experience and maturity level of each person. In my opinon, a 12 year old could be just as good at babysitting as a 14 year old. It also matters where you live. You need to do research for area and ask your friends why they normally pay their babysitters.

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User in Elizabeth, NJ
July 23, 2018

These wages seem fair, but I would start with the minimum wage for your state.

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Dana in Irvine, CA
June 28, 2018

5-10 is not a reasonable price at all, when the regular minimum wage is 7.25. I would suggest seeing how many kids there are and start at 10 and then go from there. If the family is asking you for to utilize your car, then charge more. If they want you to take their kids somewhere, charge more. If there are more kids then just one, then the parents need to pay more just like any other day care would. Really consider what the family is asking you to do and how much your time is worth.

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I think it just depends on how much experience you have and with what ages. The more experience, the higher you should charge

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User in Menifee, CA
March 18, 2018

I think age and or experience do make a difference. I have been doing this a lot of years. I know that the children will be safe with me. I take my responsibilities seriously. I also pay taxes on the money I earn. I am not a take cash under the table kind of person. Explaining these things to a family will help them understand why you do charge as much as you do. Depending on how many children I usually charge 12_15 an hour.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 10, 2018

It all has to do with how you sell yourself. People look for the highest quality at the lowest price. At $15 per hour you need experience, references, and certifications would help. Your references should show your maturity, and attentiveness. FYI - Babysitting has become a very competitive business to get into. Probably because of the higher rates being paid today then in years past. Just don't give up. Good luck!

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Marie in Graham, WA
Jan. 22, 2018

I would start with what the minimum wage is for your state. Then add in factors like...how many children will you be caring for?....Will you be driving them anywhere & using your own vehicle?...Will you be doing any housekeeping( besides normal picking up after kids)? All those things can raise the amount you should be paid.Driving your vehicle is one that always needs to be considered.They should be reimbursing you for gas. Als in some case wear&tear on your vehicle if you are driving a lot. Your age, is of no matter on how much you make. If you got a job at McDonalds..working the drive up window. You would make the same amount as 40yr old would doing the same job. Don't let them intimidate you because of your age. Your not the nextdoor babysitter from the 50's.

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I think care.com sets the pay rate selections by default and it is in no way a standard applicable nationwide. Minimum wage is not the same in every state. I am in Alabama and the minimum wage here is $7.25 hr, I know right, talk about living in poverty. So that being said, daycares do not charge by the hour, not here anyway, they charge per week. Except for older kids that get on and off the bus there, they charge $45.00 a week but they can not exceed 25 hours. They provide meals, snacks, and are state licensed facilities. Teenagers that ask for $10 hr here will probably not get it or as a previous member mentioned, clients will choose to pay an older sitter with more experience that rate. I have seen very young individuals who list no experience on their profiles ask for $15-$20 hr as a senior care provider as well. This is the area I am most experienced in and receive the most clients. I have been a nurse for over twenty years and clients have asked me during interviews why so many inexperienced providers are asking for so much more money and I honestly do not know. A current client, who is a millennial herself, told me it is a millennial thing, that it does not seem inappropriate to ask for so much as they feel they are worth that rate. I don't have an opinion on the matter other than it does provide me with more clients. Again, I think the rate should at the least be equivalent to the minimum wage in that state, anything more should be based on experience, amount of job duties, and the number of children. Best wishes!

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I've gone over this in my head when applying to jobs. I think its fair for someone in high school to be paid $10 an hour due to your lack of experience. Once you reach college you can raise your rate to $12-$15 an hour. Since I am out of college and 25 years old, I won't take anything less than $18. MOST families will pay you over $18 due to your experience and age alone. My going rate is $20 and it doesn't seem to be a problem. 

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User in Vista, CA
July 19, 2017

Imani,

Pay them and hour wage you decide on, then give them bonuses if you feel they are doing a great job. 

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Cathy in Hanford, CA
July 18, 2017

Hi I am Cathy , I think experience goes a long way. Also, education is important too. I also think that 9-10 dollars an hour would be more then enough to offer a parent . But, keep in mind your Location. This will make a difference

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User in Orlando, FL
July 14, 2017

I'm learning here with you guys. Thanks for your answers.

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Leslie in Oxford, MS
July 14, 2017

if you can handle more hours and know the job it really shouldn't matter

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