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'm in Winston-Salem so probably our rates are fairly comparable.
Emmi L. said:
Portia! Thanks so much! i'm a little bit down the road from you and I'm really going to be looking for a babysitter so I was wondering how much to pay in this area! I'm in Fayetteville. Where are you?
Portia M. said:
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.