What should I pay my pet sitter?
What impacts pay rates
Several factors can impact what you pay from type of care to location. First calculate your basic pay rate. Then adjust your rate as needed with the factors listed below.
Amount of care
- Are you offering regular work, or do you just need an occasional hand?
- If you only need part-time help, is it for the same days and times each week?
- How many pets need to be cared for?
- Major metropolitan areas tend to have higher rates than rural areas.
- Suburbs can also have higher rates than rural areas, especially if they serve a large commuter population and are near a major city.
- Some caregivers are happy to help with light grooming or cleaning.
- Asking your caregiver to help with things like transportation may increase costs or require reimbursement.
- In general, be sure your caregiver knows what your expectations are. Asking them to go above and beyond may call for extra pay.
- Experienced caregivers get paid more than those with less experience. Paying more for experience can get you someone who better fits your needs.
- Hiring someone with specific certifications or licensing (like a bonded and insured pet sitter) may cost more.
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