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How Much a Babysitter Should Be Paid


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Are you wondering how much to your babysitter should be paid to watch your children? You're hardly alone. As parents struggle find great childcare, it is hard to know what is a good amount to pay for him or her.

There are a number of factors which will go into this decision. These include your location, how experienced the sitter (or prospective sitter) is and how many children they will be tending to.

Recent surveys have shown the hourly rates paid to babysitters range between $5 and $15. To find the going rate in your neighborhood, just ask around and find what your neighbors are paying their babysitter.

One you know what the average rate is in your area, talk to the sitter about their expectations in regards to pay before taking them on; ask him or her what they normally charge and use it as a starting point for negotiations. (Be careful not to pay too little if someone is new to childcare and doesn't know the going rate. Once they find out that you are under-paying them, they may find other kids to watch instead. )

If you decide to use a babysitter matchmaking service, sitters will typically post their experience level as well as their expected pay rate. You will then know just what the babysitter is asking for before you even meet them.

Remember that if you find a babysitter whose services you are happy with, you should pay them well, no matter what pay rate you originally came to an agreement on.

Keep in mind that a good babysitter can be very hard to find; so you may want to pay an exceptional sitter more than the going rate in your neighborhood. You can then ensure that the sitter will view your requests as a priority and you will have a good chance of being able to hire them when you really need a sitter.

Beth Howland is a reviewer of parenting products like Sittercity

If you need help finding the right sitter for your family, visit for more information.


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