Okay cool, I got a babysitter for Friday night! But how much should I pay her?
I remember the first time I was hiring a babysitter for my sweet little baby girl. I was so nervous! I was nervous about leaving my baby at home and I was nervous because I had no idea how much I should pay her!
You don’t want to pay too much on the first job. That would set the bar too high! You don’t want to pay too little or she might never come back!
So naturally I started asking all of my friends what they paid their babysitters. I was a little surprised to hear how much everyone’s answers varied. Some paid on the high end around $10+ per hour and some were paying about half of that.
The hard answer to the question is that it really just depends on the babysitter and the circumstances of the job.
I found that the families paying more money per hour, were expecting a lot more for their money. Here are a few tips to help you decide how much to pay your next babysitter.
5 Factors to Determine How Much to Pay a Babysitter
1. Does she play with the kids? Does she just sit there on her phone the entire time and let the kids play. They are safe but maybe the babysitter just doesn’t interact as much as she could. If I come home and the kids are just raving about how much fun their babysitter was, I am more inclined to pay a little more.
2. Does she clean up? This is something that I don’t require my babysitters to do but if they do happen to clean up the house or do the dishes I am sure to pay a bit more to thank them for going the extra mile.
3. Did she feed the kids dinner or put them to bed? Feeding the kids dinner and putting them to bed are probably my least favorite things to do at night. Giving them baths and preparing a meal just takes a lot out of me for some reason. So if the babysitter takes on these responsibilities while I am gone, again, another reason I will bump up the pay.
4. How many kids is she watching? Maybe a no brainer, but the more kids my babysitter is watching the more per hour I will pay. When it was just my little miss I paid about $1-$2 per hour less then after we added in our little buddy.
5. Were the kids sleeping most of the time? If our babysitter is coming over late or during naptime there is a lot less for her to do. Most of the time she gets to sit back and watch Netfilx on our TV. That’s totally fine! I don’t expect her to do anything else while the kids are sleeping. But she shouldn’t expect to get paid top dollar to do so. The more time that the kids are asleep the less I am going to pay per hour.
Sorry I don’t have an exact dollar amount to give you! But take into consideration these 5 factors and adjust your pay accordingly. I typically start my pay around $6 per hour (for two kids) and pay more or less depending on all that she does.
Hopefully this can give you a good gauge to decide how much to pay your next babysitter. Don’t forget that she is keeping your children safe so this is no time to be a bargain hunter.
What do you think?
How much do you typically pay your babysitter? Do you think that the going rate changes depending on where you live? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s chat!
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