Babysitter Rates and Prices

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According to a report by Runzheimer International in 2005, the average babysitter in the United States earns $6.04 per hour. In New York City, the average babysitter earns $11.08 per hour. The rates assume that the babysitter is a teenager and is looking after just 1 child. Use the calculator below for a more accurate estimate.

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Pay the Babysitter More Than Average:

1. Location: If you live in a urban area expect to pay more than if you're lived in a suburban or rural area. Statistics from indicate that New York City babysitters earn an average of $12.14/hour. The national average is $6.04/hour.

Median Hourly Rate by City - Job: Babysitter (United States)NYC Babysitter Rates
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2. Age: With age comes maturity, a greater sense of responsiblity, and a better sense of what to do in emergencies. Expect to pay an extra $1 for ages 18-25 and an extra $2 for ages 25+.

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3. Experience: Add around $.50/hr for every year of experience.

Median Hourly Rate by Years Experience - Job: Babysitter (United States)How Much to Pay the Babysitter
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4. Number of Children: If the babysitter needs to look after more than 1 child, add $1/hr per kid. The more kids you have, the more work it is for the babysitter and the more you should pay her.

5. Chores: If you want the babysitter to do some chores around the house, add around $2/hr.

6. Short-Notice: Did the babysitter come through on short notice? Consider paying $1/hr more.

7. Hours: If you plan on coming home after 11PM, add around $2/hr.

You should also check the babysitter's references, conduct an interview, and make sure she knows what to do in case of an emergency.