Appropriate babysitter charge??

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  1. Maybelle

    Maybelle <font color=green>I rode my inch worm down the str

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    My daughter has her first babysitting job tonight. She will be watching my niece and nephew (age 6 and 4) while we go out to dinner with their parents. She will probably be giving them a simple supper.

    I am wondering what the going rate is for babysittersd, because she really has no idea what to charge.

    Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
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  3. lisaross

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    i would say about 7 or 8.00 - might be a bit on the lower end, but it is her niece and nephew..
     
  4. swkmom

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    My daughter gets $5 per hour to watch her cousin, my niece, I would guess it would be a little more for 2 kids. I guess it also depends on what area of the country you live in.
     
  5. Maybelle

    Maybelle <font color=green>I rode my inch worm down the str

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    We are in the New England area.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  6. DaniB

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    I'm in Canada and I have been giving my last 2 babysitters $5 an hour. (I have 2 kids). Usually the kids are fed and ready for bed. If there's more work involved, I sometimes give more. But I always round it up to the closest hour as well.

    My first babysitter seemed surprised by the amount I gave her as she asked a couple of times if I meant to give her that much. Makes me wonder what other people paid her.

    When she went off to University this past September, I was lucky to have another family move on our street with a 13 year old who's good as well.
     
  7. heatherleigh

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    $7.50 PER HOUR would be appropriate given the relationship and their ages.
     
  8. cinderellamom123

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    I am also from MA. I don't know how old your daughter is, and what her experience is. However, I do not know anyone who pays their babysitter less than $10 in our area. I pay mine $12 but they are CPR/First Aid certified etc. Because of our location, rates are much higher than say Ohio or Iowa
     
  9. Maybelle

    Maybelle <font color=green>I rode my inch worm down the str

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    Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it. My daughter will be turnign 13 next month, and will be taking the babysitting/CPR class later this month or in the summer. She is very close with her cousins, and they can't wait for her to come over to babysit! I think for her first job, she doesn't expect to make that much, but I think my sister is used to paying quite a bit...so she may be pleasantly surprised.

    Thanks!
     
  10. msmama

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    I would say between $7 - $10/hr.

    Less because they're not babies, but more because there's 2 of them. Less because she's still pretty young more because she's family.

    I think $5 is too little!
     
  11. ohanaMAMA

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    I used to babysit a LOT. I charged $20 an evening. flat rate. (except for this one family who's kids were NUTS! they were on an hourly, per kid rate)
     
  12. RachaelA

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    I live in Northeast Ohio and back in 2001 and 2002 I was making $10 an hour (I was a freshman and sophmore in high school). So not all of Ohio is not as low cost of living as one might think ;)
     
  13. Michellepooh

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    I'm in MA and we pay $8/hour to some HS girls who babysit, but we have another college-aged girl who charges $10/hour. We have 2 kids, ages 5 and 1.
     
  14. daisyduck123

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    My DD15 gets $10.00/hour.
     
  15. DebMcDonald

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    We're also in Red Sox Nation, living on the South Shore. My 16 year old gets on average $8-10 an hour, closer to $8 for two kids.
     
  16. addicted2dizney

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    I usually paid my young adult babysitter $12 an hour. Now my 16 year old gets $12 an hour for practically doing nothing! The kids are older and sometimes only one is there and he/she watches tv and goes to bed.

    I told my daughter the next time she can't do it, give me the job! lol!
     
  17. cinmouse

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    Also from MA - we pay $10 per hour for our 6 year old son...I think the going rate for 2 kids is $12-$15 per hour.
    Since your daughter is young and it is her cousins, I would say $8 would be a deal. Whne my nephew (14) watched my son I paid him $20 for 3 hours and took him to CoCo Key Waterpark with us during the day.
     
  18. java

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    My dd gets $10 an hour for 2 kids(she's 12)
    But she would be watching cousins for FREE. As long as it wasn't going to be an every weekend kind of thing.
     
  19. verlee

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    In our neighborhood young babysitters get $6-$7/hr, College $10/hr. I pay our 14 yr old neighbor $6/ hr rounding up and her mom is constantly telling me I pay too much?
     
  20. mjkacmom

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    I pay $10, I pay dd13 $5 (since she lives here), and I tell my friends to pay her $6, because she's still young (and we're friends).
     
  21. jlindemer

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    Wowsers! There is a 15 yr old that wants to babysit my boys over the summer & she only wants $4/hr! She charges someone else $50 for a week--working 4 days, 6 hrs a day.
     

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