I would love to get an idea of the "going rate" for weekend/nighttime babysitters.
>> What do you pay?
>> How many kids do they watch?
>> Does the sitter do any extra/special activities ? (make dinner, crafts, clean up, walk dog, etc..)
>> Who are are they ? (teenager, neighbour, relative, etc..)
>> Where do you live/type of community ? Big city; smaller city; suburb; rural.. etc..
Thanks so much, it will be interesting to compare.
I live in a suburb of a big city.
I pay my teenage babysitter $7 an hour -- but with tip, it ends up around $8.She is great with my DD10, and our new puppy - and she always brings crafts & thinks of things to do.My pet peeve is: she NEVER cleans up - but she is smart, fun & a great role model.
My cousin (in her 40's) babysits a few times a year, but she insists we don't pay. But I try to do something special for her at Christmas.
I did a quick search on wages:
in Canada, min student wage will be $9.60 by March 31 ; in the US it varies by state - I'd guess adv is $7.25.
IMO -- babysitter should be paid less than min wage .. they get cash, no tax.
I live in north NJ about 20 minutes outside NYC. We pay our sitter $10/hr, she is a highschool senior. She watches 2 kids and will make dinner if needed but we usually order in a pizza so she can eat. She does clean up after dinner and the toys. She plays with my kids the whole time and will put them to bed. They almost never watch TV unless I suggest they do so. We also had a college student 22 watch our kids over the summer 2 days a week. She was in school to be a elementary teacher and was cpr certified. We paid her $11.
If you find a good sitter that is reliable and the kids love her, then you have to pay them well to keep them. Watching kids is not the easiest of job, especially the under 3 crowd. My kids are the most important thing to me and their safety and happiness it what counts. These sitters are taking care of our kids and I think they should be paid well.
Hi Leslie - I'm in North Carolina in the Piedmont Triad area and the going rate for a babysitter is about $10 per hour. $1 is added per child. I think a teenager is just fine and many have their babysitting certifications from the Red Cross, which means they know CPR and basic first aid. I think if you have sitter who is watching your kids every day (say after school) and you expect her to do crafts and what not, you might want to add a bit more to her fee but I think the $10 range is reasonable. I agree with Brianna below that a good sitter is worth paying well so that you can keep her.
We are in Dallas proper. We have had the same babysitter since she was in 9th grade. At first we paid her $5. When she turned 16 in high school and now (she is post-high school doing a service year before college) we paid her $7 per hour (one kid). She is CPR certified, and cleans up everything but the dishes. We also had a manny this past year who was a college senior getting his teaching degree he also taught preschool at our local mothers-day-out. We paid him $10 per hour plus gave him bags of groceries from our stockpile on occasion. He took kid out of the house and ran him at the park. (Awesome)
We also occasionally pay our 13-yr-old son $2.50 an hour to babysit for grocery store visits, dinner in the neighborhood, or short-time close-by events that we don't want to take him or the 4-yr-old to. I often pay him to keep 4-yr-old upstairs and play games with him so I can think straight. My neighbors also use my 13-yr-old for mom's helper type situations when we have group playdates at the park. We pay him to chase them around. (He is YMCA baby-sitting certified.)
I must be the cheapest babysitter around or this woman is taking me for granted. I get $75 a week for a 6:30am - 3:30pm (sometimes 7or 8am)