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How Much Does a Baby Sitter Cost?

 average costTypically: $5-$15 an hour 
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  Typical costs:
  • According to[1] , rates paid by the hour depend on where you live and the ages and temperaments of your children. Hourly rates generally run $5-$15.
Related articles: Day Care, Nanny, Preschool, Elementary School

Additional costs:
  • Multiple children, long hours and baby sitters hired to work on holidays will increase the cost. It's not recommended to ask baby sitters to perform additional duties, such as cleaning the house.
  •[2] recommend adding a tip to the regular hourly pay to encourage the sitter to make your family a priority.
  • According to[3] , some parents organize a baby sitting co-op -- a trade instead of paid service -- in which they take turns watching each other's children.
  • Sometimes families will pool together to hire a baby sitter for the night.
Shopping for a baby sitter:
  • Because costs vary by region, parents should ask other parents in their area what they normally pay their sitters, and what they pay for extras such as multiple children, long hours, late nights, and holidays.
  • The nonprofit organization Safe Sitter[4] says parents should pay according to experience. They recommend finding a sitter who likes children, is trustworthy and competent. Sitters should know basic first aid, how to care for a choking infant or child, and how to call for help in an emergency. Parents should always check references.
  • According to[5] , word of mouth is a good way to gather names of teens and adults in your area who like to baby sit. They also recommend checking your local Yellow Pages for a local baby sitting agency.
  • Sites that charge a fee, such as[6] (which offers a three-month subscription for $30),[7] (with an annual plan of $8 per month and free registration or a monthly plan of $10 per month and $40 registration) and[8] (with a one-time setup fee of $35 plus $7 per month) offer a search by zip code feature to help connect parents with desirable baby sitters.
  • Church, senior center and school bulletin boards, and online resources like Craigslist[9] are additional ways to search for baby sitters in your area, but be sure to do a thorough reference check.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
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Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: Momy widow in Hayward, CA.Posted: January 29th, 2015 02:01PM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I babysit 2 sisters , 3 n 2 y/0, from 9 am to 9 pm, can I ask for the minimum pay for the state wage ? I'm 48 teacher by profession in the phils.
Parents are both state workers and own a house n 3 cars.
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These posts are INSANE
Amount: $0.00 per hour
Posted by: a user in dallas, TX.Posted: December 31st, 2014 03:12PM
I have been hired for several caretaker jobs off of websites online and I have never even been offered less than $10.00 for one child, $15 for 2-3, and $20-25 for four. Even just picking up kids from school, taking them home and feeding them a snack while doing homework until their parent got home(usually 3-4 hrs max) I made$60+. How can parents be such rip offs with their children??
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You should be ashamed of yourselves
Amount: $17.00 per hour
Posted by: adan in west warwick, RI.Posted: December 12th, 2014 04:12PM
Agency or Individual: individual
To all of you who feel that 3.00 an hour to care for your children is appropriate, here is an about you working for 3.00 an hour? And for 3.00 per hour that is what you get, a warm body who texts, talks on the phone, and watches TV.
As a professional Nanny I have NEVER had a client who would even interview, never mind hire, a person who feels their worth is 3.00 per hour, to care for their most precious little children.
But everyone feels differently and to those who want to pay so little, says a lot about what you feel the safety of your children are worth.
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how much should i get paid
Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: slm in amarillo, TX.Posted: December 7th, 2014 10:12PM
i watch a 1 year old from 630 to 5 sometime she doesn't show up until 6 she works at McDonald how much should i charger her
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Amount: $8.00 per hour
Posted by: sillysavy in Lansing, MI.Posted: September 5th, 2014 01:09AM
I'm shocked by how much people pay. Since when do you get paid over minimum wage as a teen babysitter? It's tax free & cush if the kids are sleeping.
When min wage was $3.85 the going rate in my area was $1/hr, 1/3 of min wage. You might get $2 from good payers & $3 for 3+ kids. Mind you I always made sure the house was impeccable.
The quality of care is based on the quality of the care provider, not how much you can pay. Paying twice minimum wage doesn't ensure good care. I love kids. I don't need to be paid through the nose to be "willing" to care for them. If I have to pay you $20 to put up with my kids, I don't want you here... at that point I question how much you enjoy it & how much is a just a pay day.
I have 3 kids. I'd never pay more than $8. I mostly watch for friends/family. I watched one child this summer for $50/wk (45hrs) & provided great care. You can't spend enough to ever ensure someone loves kids & enjoys it.
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Amount: $5.50 per hour
Posted by: rrdrmontes in florence, KY.Posted: August 19th, 2014 05:08AM
I was wondering while ppl babysit school age kids and younest in k. Do u thimk parents should be bringing their breakfast and lunch. I make 35 a day for both kids.
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I\'m a babysitter
Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: Sweet treats babysitting service in Plymouth, MN.Posted: August 13th, 2014 11:08PM
I actually am a babysitter and I know that I only pay $5 an hour and because of that my uncle wanted me to babysit his 2 year old son and his 5 year old daughter until 10:00pm but the worst part was they turned me Down even though
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Need some advice
Amount: $15.00 per hour
Posted by: a user in Midland, TX.Posted: November 29th, 2013 04:11AM
Agency or Individual: ????
SO I'm 28 wit three boys ages 11-9-5 Okay I watch this lady's 2 girls age's. 5 months and 3 yrs old well I ain't never been the type Not to like kids I love em All of em!!! Well its already different cause the age's and their girls! I have 3 big boys !! To make matter worse I watch them at my house m-f anywere from 7:20 am to almost 9 on days then the 3 yr old has a smart mouth and she wont listen to me anymore its crazy but I love em lord knows but it can be a lot some times and I don't get paid by the hr she pays me 15 a day I feel I should get way more First off Watching someone elses kids is a lo t harder period but this lady act like she don't understand or just being unappreciative the somewhat good thing comes out of it is that she buys the 3 yr food for my house but shit she stay eating what I done made or what my kids have I dnt mind her having anything but her mother needs to see she has a Great babysitter and pay up. I make 3 hun a month that's not even half a paycheck
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Amount: $20.00 per hour
Posted by: DesireeP1985 in Stockton, CA.Posted: July 28th, 2013 03:07AM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I am a student and I needed a babysitter for Valentines Day for me and my son's father to go watch a movie in the theater. When I got to class (I am 28 by the way I just graduated college) I asled some of my friends that I have known for the past 9 months in the classes we have all had together. When one girl said she would do it I felt great because she said she watched her nephew almsot every day. Well I asked her in advance if 20 bucks ould be ok for two kids for two hours and she said it was ok. So I told my boyfriend and he said good but I insisted that we pay her more than that because it was such late notice. I felt that 30 or 40 would brighten up her night. Mind you, we are not working and I am trying to get through college. So the movie ends, we walk home, and the door was locked so we just knock because it is an apartment and I could hear the kids playing in the living room. No one answered for a couple minutes... So I started looking for my keys... but the door opened just then. It was my daughter. We walked in and the girl was SLEEPING ON THE COUCH and my son was playing in the living room in front of her. I wake her up and give her the 20 bucks and told her I would see her tomorrow but I was so mad I wanted to scream! My daughter told me that she left my barely 1 year old boy on the couch too and he jumped off and hit his head.. NEVER and I mean NEVER settle for someone that may not do a good job or is someone that cant prove their education in child development. It needs to be a priority because these types of incidents can be dangerous and sometimes fatal to our kids. Let's treat the good babysitters better and only get ones that charge a normal amount, then you know they are the ones that take pride in what they do. Remember, these are our babies! If something happens to them they cannot be replaced! Thank you that is all...
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Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: 2016babbysitter in Thousand Oaks, CA.Posted: July 15th, 2013 06:07PM
Agency or Individual: Individual
Going rate in my area is $8-12/hr + add on for more then1 child. I agreed to $5/hr because the job was for a family friend who doesn't have much money.
I watched two children (2&8) from 530-1230. Feed them dinner, played games and tried to put them to bed. I was paid $20!!!! Parent said I was being paid for 4 hours because the children were asleep after that. Will never sit for them again and will only take fair wage. If your broke stay home - but don't cheat your sitter
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I got ripped off
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Morgan the sitter in New york, NY.Posted: May 14th, 2013 07:05PM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I was told I was going to babysit a nine year old girl and her seven yearold half brother for about seven hours. When I showed up at the house there were three kids there and when I asked the mom why someone else was here she told me that she let her kids have two friends over each when they had a babysitter. The night was crazy and the parents got back at 2:00 am (the kids finally fell asleep at one), and they were supposed to be home at 12! They paid me 3 dollars and didn't even offer to drive me home( yes I had to walk 20 minutes to my house without a flashlight)!
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What is approproate/reasonable pay
Amount: $5.11 per hour
Posted by: a user in Fishers, IN.Posted: May 8th, 2013 08:05AM
Agency or Individual: INDIVIDUAL
I have a 4 month old and am looking for someone to watch him 2 days/week in the summer for about 11 hours in our home, no weekends, no house work or additional duties. What is appropriate pay?
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Wow- there are some serious under-payers out there
Amount: $10.00 per hour
Posted by: Mrssullivan84 in Savannah, GA.Posted: April 29th, 2013 08:04PM
Agency or Individual: varies
The going rate here is $10 an hour (for one child)- That is the standard that everyone I know pays. Although it hurts me to pay that for someone to watch tv while my child sleeps, I'm afraid of who I would get that would charge less than that around here.
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sister baby sitter
Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: nikki0988 in coventry, RI.Posted: April 4th, 2013 06:04AM
Just need clarification. I wI'll be working 10 hrs a day for 4 days. My sister willing wants to baby sit but is asking for $175 a week 2 children one of which is in half day kindergarten. Half of my paycheck will be exactly $160. Should I be paying an aunt more then half my paycheck.
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Overnight Babysitter
Amount: $0.00 per hour
Posted by: Kyla in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: February 8th, 2013 03:02PM
Agency or Individual: Individual
What is reasonable to charge a family with 3 children all under 3. For a 8 day time frame? Typical rate is $15/ hour.
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Amount: $3.50 per hour
Posted by: alaura in anchorage, AK.Posted: February 5th, 2013 04:02AM
Agency or Individual: individual
I get paye 3.5$ an hour I think I'm getting ripped off cause I watch 2 kids one is 3 and one is 5 the 3 year old is not potty trained and they have no manners at all I think I should be getting payed atleast 5 to 20$ a day.
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Amount: $20.00 per hour
Posted by: Myrah in 29 Palms, CA.Posted: November 30th, 2012 07:11AM
Agency or Individual: Stay at home Mom
I am just a stay at home mom, and with an infant and toddler of my own, its not hard for me to watch for friends who also need a little help getting started when they are all just now starting to have babies, but still work full time. given a couple of them are nurses now, but they are still paying a lot of school stuff, so I tel them I will help them out in the beginning and when they feel they are comfortable to pay more then do so. I hava an SUV that holds nine so its easy, cause I wait til my husband gets home from work to watch my kids and I tote those I am watching with me to do the errands and such. So long as I watch them in my home where I know that I have everything that I need and can still get everything done that I need to get done. I am happy. I have to wake up early to greet them, but thats ok, cause I can stay in my PJs all day if I want, of course I dont past 10am :D I havent had any kids past 6pm yet and I only work Mon-Fri. My kids have playmates and I have money :D
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Amount: $30.00 per hour
Posted by: NB in Columbus, OH.Posted: October 27th, 2012 09:10AM
Agency or Individual: individual
I charge 30 per day per child. I will give a discount for multiple kids in same family. A "day" is anything over 3 hours.
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Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: a user in los angles cal, LA.Posted: October 18th, 2012 02:10PM
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Amount: $20.00 per hour
Posted by: adriana in las vegas, NV.Posted: August 25th, 2012 01:08AM
Agency or Individual: individual
i like to babysit but kids uder months and 9 years old but im just a 13 year old gril but i got expirance
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child care depends on how much you expect one to work.
Amount: $3.00 per hour
Posted by: something in charleston, WV.Posted: July 3rd, 2012 08:07AM
Agency or Individual: individual
I work from home so this teenager all she does is watch him and play with him, she can eat all she wants watch tv, when my son is asleep. I feed him most of the time I change his diapers she watches him from 10am to 5pm.
it is not minimum wage but when I get 20/hr how can I pay her 15/hr ???
I think it is wrong to make your baby sitter clean your house of do anything apart from child care if you make them clean than prepare to pay 80- 100 a hr that's how much I pay for cleaning maid.
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Amount: $13.00 per hour
Posted by: TB17 in North Metro ATL, GA.Posted: July 2nd, 2012 08:07PM
I charged 13 per hour for a family with a slightly autistic 11 year old girl with lots of meds to be taken everyday (sweet, but very manipulative) and another 15 year old girl(sweet, but quite bossy). I am 20 years old with about 9 years of childcare experience. I am told that that price is very unreasonable while I have lists of chores to do and errands to run daily while the house must remain completely spotless. Thoughts on that?
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Amount: $8.00 per hour
Posted by: WC in Aopka, FL.Posted: June 23rd, 2012 08:06AM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I worked in daycare for 9 years and would like to do some babysitting at my home but need to know how much should I charge for each child. per-hrs/day/wk.
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looking for a job
Amount: $6.00 per hour
Posted by: Shelbie S. in Des Moines, IA.Posted: April 29th, 2012 02:04AM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I work part time for my aunt and uncle but I have many years experiences with ttaking care of babies and older. I'm 20 years of age without a drivers license. I work monday 8:30-5:00, thursday 8:30 am to 5, and friday 11:45 am to 6:30.
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Amount: $13.00 per hour
Posted by: Coco C in SOMERS, NY.Posted: April 17th, 2012 08:04AM
Agency or Individual: INDV/GENO SOMERS,NY
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a great deal on childcare
Amount: $1.00 per hour
Posted by: Nanny911 in San Diego, CA.Posted: March 2nd, 2012 04:03PM
Agency or Individual: nanny
You should be ashamed of yourself for paying anyone less than minimum wage to do something as important as care for your child. Clip coupons, find a bargain on something else. It is illegal and a smack in the face to all childcare workers and stay at home mothers, for that matter.To say by your actions that a mothers/childcare worker's job is not even worth minimum wage is despicable to me! Even when well payed, a good mother/caregiver for a child is a priceless blessing!
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Cost of Babysitting vs Daycare
Amount: $4.00 per hour
Posted by: Gracie1214 in Green River, WY.Posted: November 18th, 2011 08:11AM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I pay a Mom w/kids $4 an/hr for my 4 yr old son from 7am-4pm m-f + S&S or working late extra hrs. She feeds him lunch and snacks as well as teaches preschool lessons 3X a week. Every so often she tells me I don't need to pay so much. She's great/certified///For a Daycare, it cost me twice as much and were not flexible if I had to work late or on weekends.
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Cost of babysitter
Amount: $14.00 per hour
Posted by: Cheryl, Sunshine Babysitting in Orlando, FL.Posted: October 12th, 2011 01:10PM
Agency or Individual: Sunshine Babysitting
Most parents do not realize that they are paying more for a babysitter from sittercity than they should. Sitters on sittercity set their own price and often times charge the same as an agency (that is bonded and insured). sittercity babysitters charge parents the same rate and in most cases more.
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Minimum wage is over $7 these days!
Amount: $7.00 per hour
Posted by: EzrasMommy in Newton, AL.Posted: May 30th, 2011 01:05PM
Agency or Individual: Individual
I am a stay at home mother but also have experience babysitting since I was just 13 years old (16 years ago),I've also worked in child care, & attended child care classes.I myself do not like getting paid less than at least $7 an hour (preferably $10 an hour),& for the week depending on age and hours,the minimum of $75 & most $100,that's just for one child.That's just me.For my son,I usually don't need a babysitter,if I do,it's usually my husband's mom.I prefer someone else at times,so this coming up month we have something we are going to & are going to pay our babysitter who is a teenager $7 an hour but if it's past 5.5 hours then we offered to just pay a flat $40 if that was okay with her.She said yes,but I am thinking I'll give her $50 as a surprise if I feel she did a superb job.We plan on being out for maybe 8 hours max,not sure because it's a Christian comedian & it's out of town.I hate being paid less than I deserve for taking great care of someone else's child.
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