Find out what to pay a babysitter with our babysitter rate calculator. Our calculator uses data sources from a bunch of babysitting jobs to help you determine the right rate to pay your babysitter depending on location, age and experience.
What is the going rate for a babysitter?
Still having trouble organizing your budget to find funds for your babysitter? The payments you make should be made not just to the work put in by the babysitters, but also by your own needs. Below are descriptions the different types of babysitters that you are most likely hiring, as well as the appropriate rates as follows.
You know these ones. Usually the teenaged children of your friends or neighbors, the ones you hire when you want to go on a rare night out but need someone to watch your kids. Oftentimes they are young and don’t ask for much, and you don’t ask them to do much aside from watching TV with your kids, feeding them and watching over them while they sleep until you get home. These one-time babysitters should usually be paid pocket change, around $20-$35 for their service for the night.
Oftentimes these babysitters come in on a daily-to-weekly basis, tidying up after your kids and spending time with them for a couple of hours a day. Since these people are usually looking doing this for a few extra dollars under the table, you should pay them accordingly. The best would be $40-$60 per night.
Full-time babysitters/Live-in Nannies
When you have someone coming in and seeing your kids on a regular daily basis, and if he or she is living with you, you should definitely pay the babysitter as if he or she is your full time employee. Do not pay them below the minimum wage, and make sure that they are being compensated for the hours that they are putting in.