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Old 01-04-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Question OT: Babysitting pay?

For those of you who live in St. Louis - what is the recommended pay for a babysitter? She will pick up the kid from school and stay with her till we are back from work. She also needs to stay overnight sometimes if we are out of town.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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Rates are about $10/hr here for that kind of care.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:05 AM   #3
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The more part-time and infrequent, the higher the rate. I would charge 10-12 an hour for that, and 12 for any overnights.

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So I kind-a got flamed for what I "offered" to pay when I was looking a few months ago.

I learned a few things.. you should pay what they are willing to take (in consideration for what you can afford too). I also used a web site care.com (a fellow diser rec) to find her, and had 30 applications in like 1 -2 days. I WAS floored and overwhelmed, as I had always used craigslist. (successfully too).

I pay a full day (7:45-6) at 55$ a day. I also pay her 10$ an hour for any O-T so if she stays until 6:30 or 7 I pay her 10$, sometimes I am sched on a sat, or a date night.. and I pay her either 10$ per hour, or at least 60$ if it is more than 6 hours on a sat like 8 I still give her 60$. SHE IS THRILLED with about 300$ per week take home. I AM THRIIIILLLLED to have her. I am in MI.

This is slightly different that what you are looking for in hours, so the fewer hours you give, the more $$ per hour I think would end up being fair. I would think 5$-6$ an hour and make it a per day, (as long as it was full time) even if she/he leaves early.. IE if she works 3-10 or 3-9 make it 50$.. and then a fair wage for over nights too maybe 10- 6 also is 50$ really depends on the amount of hours. If you are doing 3 hours 5 days a week and 1 over night I think 8-10$ an hour is what you will end up with.
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