Health & Medical Parenting

How Much Should I Pay the Babysitter?

Figuring out what fair babysitter rates are can seem confusing, but there are many ways to determine an appropriate hourly wage.
If you are a sitter and need to determine how much to charge your families or you are a parent who needs to know what a fair rate is, it's easy if you follow these simple guidelines.
Some sitters charge as little as $3 per hour while others can charge as much as $20 per hour.
The appropriate rate for babysitting services depends on five factors: 1) Age/amount of experience of the sitter 2) Your location 3) Number of children/pets 4) Age of children 5) Time of job/level of care expectation Most babysitters are teenagers ranging in age from 12-22.
Going on age alone, normal rates for individuals aging 11-14 are $3-$5 per hour, adding $1 per hour per child.
This rate increases by about $1 to $2 for teenagers aging 15-16 and then jumps to $8-$12 per hour for those who are 17 years-old and older and who have experience.
Some individuals have CPR and first aid training, and these added skills allow the babysitter to charge more.
Your location also has a significant amount of influence on the rate.
If you live in a large city, you can expect to pay a few dollars more per hour than individuals living 50 miles or more outside of an urban center.
The farther out you live, the more the rates will change.
The number of children and their ages play a large role.
It is a general rule to pay $1 more per hour per child, but if you have three kids under the age of five, you might be expected to pay a slightly higher rate because they require more attention.
Pet care should also be considered in the price if you are going to ask the sitter to groom, walk, or feed your dog or cat.
Lastly, the length of the job and the duties you expect your sitter to complete also go into the price.
If you need the babysitter to drive the kids to a birthday party, want her to take them to a movie, or fix dinner, you need to compensate for her time accordingly.
Reimburse her for any expenses and extra duties you ask of her.
Considering these above guidelines, here are two extreme examples.
If a 12-year-old sitter were watching your 6-year-old for three hours on a weekend afternoon in a rural area, it would be appropriate to pay her $4 per hour.
On the other hand, if you have three children, live in New York City, and hire a CPR-trained college student from the hours of 6 PM to 2 AM, expect to pay her around $15-$20 per hour.
If you still are unsure, try to ask other mothers living in your neighborhood what they pay for their babysitter.
Always talk to the sitter before she sits for you to determine her babysitting rates so that you can both come to an agreement on something that is fair.

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