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How Much Does a Valentine's Day Babysitter Cost?

We used Care.com data to find the average Valentine's Day rates of babysitters in over 30 major cities. See how yours stacked up!

How Much Does a Valentine's Day Babysitter Cost?
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Believe it or not, but it's already February -- and that means that Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

If you're a parent, you welcome this holiday with open arms. Why? Because it makes for an excellent opportunity for you and your S.O.  to shower each other with little gifts, to stuff your faces with fancy chocolates, and -- most importantly -- to get out of the house and enjoy each other's company...sans the table-side tantrums.

In other words, it's a ready-made date night!

But before you go full-steam ahead to plan a wonderfully romantic and child-free evening, there's one little detail you need to lock down first: Your babysitter. You may already have a regular sitter you turn to for such situations, or you may need to start your search ASAP. Regardless, one of the important factors you'll need to consider is how much you'd be willing to pay for X hours of shriek-free bonding with your partner. 

That's where we come in. We asked our analysts to go through our 2016 jobs data and pull out the average hourly Valentine's Day rates for babysitters in 37 cities. Here's what they found.


How Much Were Parents Willing to Pay a Valentine's Day Sitter?

We took a look at all Care.com jobs posted on Valentine's Day and the weekend before Valentine's Day in 2017, with a specific focus on how much parents were offering to pay their prospective date night sitters.

On average, it appears that parents were willing to pay around $13.35/hour to get a few hours of one-on-one time with their partner. (That's a pretty significant chunk of change, given that the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour!) However, there was a pretty broad range of rates that parents were offering to pay, and that depended largely on where they lived.

The 5 Most Expensive Cities for Valentine's Day Sitters

Here were the top five cities where parents were willing to pay top-dollar to have a Valentine's Day babysitter watch their little ones:

City Name Average Hourly Valentine's Day Rates
San Francisco, CA  $16.04
Baltimore, MD $15.45
Boston, MA $15.38
Pittsburgh, PA $15.36
Los Angeles, CA $15.30

The 5 Least Expensive Cities for Valentine's Day Sitters

Here were the top five cities where parents were willing to pay top-dollar to have a Valentine's Day babysitter watch their little ones:

City Name Average Hourly Valentine's Day Rates
Raleigh, NC $11.31
Cleveland, OH $11.88
Jacksonville, FL $11.92
Las Vegas, NV $12.06
Columbus, OH $12.14



The Cost of Valentine's Day Babysitters Across the Country

Want to see how the rest of the 37 cities shaped up? Take a look at the table below:

City Name Average Hourly Valentine's Day Rates
San Francisco, CA               $    16.04
Baltimore, MD  $    15.45
Boston, MA  $    15.38
Pittsburgh, PA  $    15.36
Los Angeles, CA  $    15.30
San Jose, CA  $    14.60
Washington, D.C.  $    14.48
San Diego, CA  $    14.47
New York, NY  $    14.38
Seattle, WA  $    14.15
Philadelphia, PA  $    13.86
Atlanta, GA  $    13.86
Miami, FL  $    13.69
Tampa, FL  $    13.49
Sacramento, CA  $    13.40
Chicago, IL  $    13.36
Riverside, CA  $    13.31
Denver, CO  $    13.20
Minneapolis, MN  $    13.10
Dallas, TX  $    13.08
Phoenix, AZ  $    13.03
Virginia Beach, VA  $    12.93
Houston, TX  $    12.86
Cincinnati, OH  $    12.75
Detroit, MI  $    12.73
Buffalo, NY  $    12.66
Austin, TX  $    12.66
Orlando, FL  $    12.30
Charlotte, NC  $    12.29
Portland, OR  $    12.25
St. Louis, MO  $    12.20
San Antonio, TX  $    12.18
Columbus, OH  $    12.14
Las Vegas, NV  $    12.06
Jacksonville, FL  $    11.92
Cleveland, OH  $    11.88
Raleigh, NC  $    11.31


Methodology

This study gathered data from 37 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) on the number of babysitting jobs posted on Valentine's Day and the weekend before Valentine's Day in 2017. The average hourly rate is the average rate offered by families in their job postings in each city. 

 

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