Have you ever wondered what the going rate for a babysitter is? I have.
Back in my day when I used to babysit, I think I cleared $3 or $4 and hour and if anyone offered me more than that – it was like I had hit the lottery. I remember babysitting one New Years Eve for nice couple that had three kids under the age of five. The kids were all asleep by the time I got there, so all I had to do was sit there and hang out with Dick Clark. When they got home around 1 am (a little more than a little tipsy) and the mother handed me a $50 bill as my payment, I’m pretty sure I cried a few tears of joy.
When my kids were younger, I always had family (either my mother or my sister) babysit. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than free, right? But now my sister is married & living north of Boston with her new husband and mother is in failing health & can’t handle them like she used to, so I have been starting to explore my options.
I truly had no idea how much a sitter would cost these days, so I did a little crowdsourcing and polled some people on my Facebook page.
I suppose it comes down to several factors.
1. How many kids you have.
2. Are they going to be awake or asleep for the majority of time the sitter is there – and is that child/children self sufficient.
3. Will the sitter have to feed them, etc.
There were many more responses than I had room to picture here, but from what I can tell, the average price for a babysitter is between $10 and $12 an hour.
I’m curious, how much do you pay your babysitter?