View Full Version : What do you pay your baby sitter?

08-29-2004, 10:42 AM
Wondering what you would pay a babysitter (non-family member). I have 2c 6yrs old. Thanks for sharing:D

08-29-2004, 10:43 AM
In my neighborhood, families pay no less than $10 an hour.

1 child = $10/hr.
More kids can lead to more pay ($12 or so) but sometimes it's just $10. (I babysit for several families regularly)

08-29-2004, 11:04 AM
Our dd (16) is a babysitter and recently (this summer) has recieved between $5 -$10 an hour, depending on how many children and ages. For one 5 y/o, she rec'd $5 - $6 but for infants and if there are more than 2 children, she receives between $7-10.

08-29-2004, 12:46 PM
Wow! Inflation rears its ugly head.

Back in my babysitting days, (8-10 years ago) I made $5 an hour and I was expensive. My mom still goes on about how she made $.50 per hour back in the early 60's.

$10 an hour! Yikes!

08-29-2004, 12:57 PM
We have 1 4yo. I pay $7/hr. She told me up front, if I want New Year's Eve, it would be $20/hr. No thanks. I love her,. She is so good with my DD.

08-29-2004, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by pearlieq
...My mom still goes on about how she made $.50 per hour back in the early 60's.

::yes:: In 1963 in Sioux City, Iowa I was paid 25 cents an hour to babysit a 5 and a 3 year old next door...after a year I got 35 cents an hour.

I once babysat for 3 days (aged 16) for a 4, 3 and less than a year old. I received $25 and a souvenier bracelet with pretty rocks in it.

08-29-2004, 08:02 PM
I once babysat for 3 days (aged 16) for a 4, 3 and less than a year old. I received $25 and a souvenier bracelet with pretty rocks in it.

Are you still available at this rate?

08-29-2004, 08:19 PM
We pay $7/hour. We have 6,7, and 8 year olds. Our baby sitter is in her 2nd year of college - going for early childhood.
Our neighbors all think we pay WAY too much. She's willing to accept whatever we give her- but we pay $7 and then usually round up when counting it out.

08-29-2004, 09:17 PM
I pay my sitter $2.00 an hour (a lady) she babysits for my DD age 8 after school 2 days a week. During the summer it is $18.00 a day. We don't normally use a teenage sitter in the evenings, but my neighbor pays $3.00 an hour for her sitters.
I used to make $1.00 an hour in the late 70's as a teen. $1.50 for 2 kids. I had one family that paid $1.00 per child and provided dinner! My girlfriend & I loved getting called for them.

08-29-2004, 09:21 PM
Our babysitter and neighbor Kristen is paid $5.00 an hour, unless I have already bought something for her and our daughter for lunch or i am ordering pizza, then it is $3.00.

We also do a swap with her during the USC football games. She babysits for three games ( approx. 10 hours with tailgating, the game and the trip home) and we take her to three games with us (we pay for her ticket). This works out great because if we paid her, it would cost a fortune but her ticket is only $25.00 per game.


08-29-2004, 09:30 PM
I am a sitter and it $100 a week. If its a night time thing it $10hr. This one lady I sit is very nice I sat yesterday from 6pm to 11pm and got $80 this is usually what she gives me if i watch 4 or 6 hours. She has 2 kids ages 3 and 10 months.

08-29-2004, 10:04 PM
My DD gets between $7-10 per hour. I paid $5 per hour when my kids were little, so I think $7-8 is probably fair.

08-30-2004, 07:04 AM
I am paying $10 an hour...and our sitter is great. The question came up because my husband thinks I should also give her something extra (like a tip). I (always in budget mode) begin to think, well, then why don't I pay her $11 an hour? And then I just began to get crazy. I think $10 is good, for the Capital District of NY, I know other areas get similar or more/less depending on many things.

Jamiesmommy...thats a good salary $16 an hour....I just can not go that high. But I did take the sitter out to lunch last week:D .

It does bring back memories of when I got $.50 an hour too...but I had a minimum of $4.00 for at night...the 70's....

Thanks everyone!!

08-30-2004, 07:27 AM
We have 5 children, ages 10, 9, 7, 5 and 2 yrs old. We pay our sitter $10 per hour and always round up. Three hours and 15 minutes = $40.

Of course we do not get a sitter that often because $40 sitter, plus $40 ordering pizza for the gang(I feed sitter and her daughter too) and then our dinner out....it easily turns into an expensive evening.

When little DD was born we payed sitter $100 to come to our house at 5:30am, get children ready for school, watch 3yr old, be here for when kids get off school bus, etc. Basically watch the children while DH was at the hospital with me. The price was arranged ahead of time.

She is a single mom, with one daughter and teaches 2yr olds preschool so she is highly qualified. She is very grateful for the money.

08-30-2004, 07:51 AM
I have an excellent babysitter and don't mind one bit paying $10 per hour for her to babysit my 10 yr old. Others may balk at that amount, but you can't put a price on "peace of mind" ::yes::

08-31-2004, 06:41 PM

This is an interesting thread. My 11 yr old daughter just starting baby-sitting. She gets paid about $2 an hour!! She's not mature enough to watch babies, she watches 3 kids ages 3,7 and 8. I know she doesn't wash windows and is not red cross trained but............is she being taken advantage of? She doesn't get meals or transportation - she walks about 2 or 3 blocks of a length to the neighbors.

Should she ask for a raise?

Maybe it's location, but I think you are paying your babysitters generously. Good for you.

08-31-2004, 09:19 PM
Three children, only $2 per hour? I think that's really low. Did you ever pay a sitter to watch her? What did you pay?

I did think it was a little high when someone paid DD $10 an hour, and I told the mother so, but she said she got $5 an hour when she babysat many years ago, (and she's 40).

08-31-2004, 09:32 PM
We pay $5/hour for DD 10 and DD 7 to high school neighbor girl. I always round up...I remember babysitting for people when I was young and they would get out the calculator and pay me to the penny!

We also remember her bday and xmas with gift cards to the mall!

08-31-2004, 09:47 PM
Wow. I'm shocked at $10 an hour. I'm a bookkeeper for a detail shop and most of those guys make less than $10 an hour. It's a good thing I've got family or I'd never go out. I think I better call my sister-in-law and tell her how wonderful she is. I pay her around $5 an hour give or take for two kids.

08-31-2004, 10:00 PM
I think $10.00 is a lot to pay a pre teen or teen. How do people working at minimum wage afford to pay a sitter? Our local daycare centers only charge $30.00 a day!!!

08-31-2004, 10:58 PM
I pay my babysitter a flat rate of $30.00 and if it is more than 5 hours I go up to $35.00 I never pay her more than $35.00 even though she watches them overnight sometimes, but also I do pay her $30.00 for 2 hours quite frequently. I want to make it worth her while so I pay her the $30.00 but I just cant afford more then $35.00 (usually I am at work when it is more than 3 hours). She never complains and I think it avarges out for her.

08-31-2004, 11:48 PM
Wow!! I think it's great to pay baby sitters so well.....but here in the Mid-West(at least where we live); most people pay their young sitters $2 an hour per child. I'm old enough to remember starting out at 35 cents an hour and then going up to a whopping 50 cents an hour. :)

09-01-2004, 09:56 AM
We don't pay anything for babysitting our DD (1). We swap with another couple in our neighborhood for nights out who have a DS (1). They go out & we watch their DS, we go out and they watch our DD. Everyone saves $$.

That being said, I think rates vary tremendusly based on where you live. Here in CA, our neice makes $10/hr sitting.

09-01-2004, 10:03 AM
We live in the Chicago suburbs and we pay anywhere from $6-10/hour. It depends on what they have to do -- feed kids, etc or just watch them for a while and put them to bed. (I grew up in Wisconsin and only made $1.00/hour babysitting and this was late 70's/early 80's)

We don't go out a lot because it costs $30-40 for the babysitter and then another $50 for dinner/movie. Thank goodness my oldest has just turned 11 and we are starting to let her stay with the other two (6 & 9)for an hour or so.

09-01-2004, 10:13 AM
Isn't kind of ironic that several have posted that their 11 yo's are starting to babysit and others state what they pay for their 10 yo's to be watched? ;)

I have an 11 yr old and I leave him alone from time to time for not more than a few hours but I cannot see him babysitting. I've been away from social work for a while but we used to get asked the age to be left alone and the age allowed to babysit and in '99 the legal answer was 8 to be alone (that doesn't account for disabilities that would prohibit being alone) and 13 to be responsible for children under age 7.

09-01-2004, 12:49 PM
I pay a 1.50 an hour per child. I have 3 children, so I pay 4.50/hour. I thought that added up!!! It's sometimes hard to get parents to pay that price too. I cannot imagine paying 10 dollars or more an hour. WOW! That's more than I make at any job I have or have had. How do people afford to go out? I'm wondering if that the income in these places are higher than what we have around here? I should go into babysitting!

09-01-2004, 01:34 PM
I have 2 kids 7 and 5 and thank God I have them both in daycare for $4.50/hr ($3/hr plus $1.50 for each additional kid) and that includes the meals they are there for. I only make $12/hr and that is high for my field around here. I'd be severely in the red after taxes with this $10/hr thing.

09-01-2004, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by brtls5
I pay a 1.50 an hour per child. I have 3 children, so I pay 4.50/hour. I thought that added up!!! It's sometimes hard to get parents to pay that price too. I cannot imagine paying 10 dollars or more an hour. WOW! That's more than I make at any job I have or have had. How do people afford to go out? I'm wondering if that the income in these places are higher than what we have around here? I should go into babysitting!

That's what DH just said when I read him these posts. We both teach high school, so have wonderful responsible sitters available. We don't pay hourly. We pay through a holistic formula (hmmm, how much ...?) based on how long, how bad (the kids probably were :D ) how much effort. For example, a long day, with two meals, and playing outside is more effort than a pizza dinner, videos and tucking in. We've never gone over $25 to $30. Good gracious, DS daily sitter only charges $17/day!

Our students fight over who will sit for our kids, and we usually don't employ the ones we currently teach.

09-01-2004, 05:32 PM
In high school in the mid 90's I got paid $10 an hour for one child, and I babysat for them every weekend and some weekdays. It was great and if people asked them why they paid so much, they would say "We love her and want to keep her coming back" I was their exclusive babysitter for over 3 years, I would cancel plans if they called and they could totally rely on me. I never charged anyone a certain rate wither, I just always said "whatever you feel is fair" So I was lucky, but so were they because how can you lowball someone that loves and cares for your kids while you are away. Someone said, how do you afford to go out? Well if we can't afford to pay the $12 an hour for our two kids, then we don't go out! And we really only go out about once every six months or so! I think a good solid reliable babysitter is worth their
weight in gold when you think about what happens and what is out there nowadays.


To the poster that said her DD makes $2 an hour for 3 kids, If that happened when I babysat, I would have been insulted!!!

09-01-2004, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by brtls5
I should go into babysitting!

MY thoughts EXACTLY!!! ::yes::

09-01-2004, 05:42 PM
In my neighborhood, it's $5/hr for one child and it goes up from there. Usually $6/hr for 2 kids and for 3 kids $7. We almost always order pizza for them too. It's $10/hr for 3 kids at the drop-off daycare. It seems like a lot to me. I think the swapping idea is great but we don't ever want to spend our time doing it...we'd rather pay.

09-01-2004, 06:33 PM
I live in the wrong state. Our hs and jr high girls taht babysit would probably fall on the floor dead if I paid them over 10 dollars an hour. I should add too that to go to a nice restaurant, it's a 45 minute to an hour drive one way. So just to get there and back I would be all ready out 1 1/2 to 2 hours. That's just travel time! Just to go to dinner I could easily have to pay for 4 hours. That's without going anywhere else. Im glad I live where I do. LOLOL

09-01-2004, 07:18 PM
I just wanted to post that out sitter is just out of college, and she has been with us for 3 years (she started at $9 and went up to $10). I had interviewed several other college girls , but could not get a reference of theirs to call me back. So we have only one great sitter. By the way Nanny's here make a ton of money too.