What is the Hourly Rate for a Babysitter in YOUR Area?

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When our children were born, we lived in Los Angeles, which, of course, was a wee bit more expensive than living in our current small-town location.

When hubby and I decided to finally enjoy a date night (over a year after having our first daughter), I gathered together a list of referred babysitters in our area and started making calls.

I was surprised to discover that babysitters charged, on average, $15 per hour! I figured it was just my thrifty mindset and the fact that, when I babysat, I believe I made something like $4 per hour. But we didn't have family around, and we hadn't had a date night in so long that we'd actually forgotten what it was like to eat dinner without someone throwing food at us, so we were set on going out.

We did, and we loved it. But the cost of that one date night made us wait a long, long time (and a cross-country move) before we went out again. 

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Now we are closer to family. Grandma loves to babysit when she comes to visit, so my husband and I enjoy a night out from time to time without having to pay a babysitter fee. I have had to hire a babysitter, though, when I've had to meet short work deadlines. Here, the going rate for a sitter is $10. While it’s only a $5-an-hour difference, that quickly adds up over three or four hours.

Which made me wonder this:

What IS the going rate for babysitters around the country?

I'm sure most of this depends upon your location. Big-city moms and dads probably pay a bit more for a sitter than those in a small town — or, at least, this was our experience.

I’m throwing the question out to our EverydayFamily members to see what YOU are paying in your neck of the woods!

Please respond with your location (if you wish, though, you can keep this private if you feel more comfortable doing so) and the average going rate for babysitters in your area!

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What is the Hourly Rate for a Babysitter in YOUR Area?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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6 comments

  1. Vanessa says:

    When I was babysitting up until 2 years ago and now what my sister gets is about $2.50 per child per hour.

  2. renee200823 says:

    my area is not hourly its daily flat rate or weekly if full time. Daily = $17-20 Weekly = $75-85

    • Elsa says:

      That’s GREAT DEAL!! I pay $7.75/hr for 1 child at a daycare center and at one point I had my 3 young ones attending at the same time full time. The cost was more than a mortgage for some…over $2k/mo!!

  3. Aubrey says:

    I pay $10 per hour for 3 kids, which I consider to be very reasonable.

  4. allie_cat says:

    There is expensive babysitters around here and luckly i have sisters to baby sit my baby

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