How To Find
Some of the other ways to find a babysitter in your area include connecting with local babysitter-referral services that you can find online or contacting websites such as Babysitters, Care, 4Sitters and SitterCity . Some sites have free searchable directories, while others charge a small membership fee (up to $10 a month) to use their services to locate a qualified babysitter who meets your specifications.
Finally, if your child attends daycare or school, you can ask whether any of the teachers offer babysitting services in the evenings or on weekends. This can be a great way to get a qualified babysitter whom your children will feel comfortable with and whom you can trust.
What It Costs
You can expect the price for babysitter to span a range depending on the many different factors described above. On the low end of the cost range, younger babysitters and those with less experience may cost $5 an hour. In addition, the price of $5 an hour range can be the going rate for experienced and mature babysitters in some of the more rural areas where the cost of living is quite reasonable.
On the other extreme, in areas where the cost of living is quite high you can expect to pay a price of as much as $25 an hour on the cost of a babysitter. This higher rate is typical even in places with more modest living conditions when you have multiple children or are using a babysitter who is very well qualified. That being said, many people end up somewhere in the middle, paying a cost of between $10 and $15 an hour for a babysitter.
So babysitters cost between $5 and $25 an hour, depending on a number of variables, with many coming in somewhere in the middle of the range with a price of $10-$15 an hour.
Hourly Rate Versus Set Fees
It’s worth noting that most babysitters charge by the hour. It’s usually best to round up to the nearest hour (rather than down), although if you’re paying a high hourly rate, it’s fair to pay just to the next half hour.
In some cases, your babysitter may prefer to charge a flat daily fee instead of an hourly rate. The price can vary, but many babysitters cost somewhere between $75 and $200 per day. Holidays, weekends, and overnights can be on the higher end of the price scale.
Extra Babysitting Costs
When you ask your babysitter to watch extra children, you can expect to be charged a price accordingly. For instance, if you usually pay your babysitter $10 an hour for one child, and you will be having a neighbor over the next time the babysitter comes, you should plan to pay her more for the additional child. The going rate in some areas is a cost of another $2 per additional child, but this is a very individual variable that you’ll need to work out with your babysitter in advance.
A Tip For You And Your Babysitter
On any given Saturday night, remember that you may be competing with multiple families for the same babysitter’s time. Therefore, it pays to be generous when you find a babysitter you particularly like. You might want to find out what kinds of snacks your babysitter likes and offer her some extra money to cover her time and gas. Finally, be sure to tip well. While tips are not required, they will certainly help make you a favorite client. How much to tip is up to you, but it can range from a $2 to $3 each time the sitter comes to $200 to $300 annually as a special thank you for a sitter you use regularly. In the latter case, such a bonus is usually given during the holiday season.
A Cost-Saving Option
If you find that the cost for a babysitter is more than your budget can handle, you don’t have to give up on your plans completely. You may be able to partner with friends or colleagues and take turns babysitting for each other’s children at no cost. This is a great way to get your alone time without spending a fortune. Another cost saving option is to get together with a few other families and share a babysitter for a group of children.
Remember that for multiple children, you’ll need to pay more per hour, but the price can still be less than hiring a babysitter on your own.
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2011