What Is the Going Rate for Babysitting Right Now?

Whether you need a trustworthy babysitter for a date night, special occasions, or for long-term work, you are probably wondering, “What is the going rate for babysitting?”

All kinds of babysitters are available for your schedule requirements, but what you need from your babysitter can dramatically change your rates.

The national average hourly rate for babysitting in the United States is $18.36  for one child.

You can expect the rate to vary depending on where you live, the number of children you have, your children’s ages, how much experience your babysitter has, and their job responsibilities.

Before hiring a sitter

Set your expectations so that you are prepared to pay your sitter a competitive wage based on the services you request.

The Babysitter's Age and Experience Influence the Rate

You'll have to pay your teenage neighbor differently than a college student. Some babysitters have CPR certification, a babysitting certification, and a college degree in childcare.

Location matters

The most expensive babysitters are in California and the cheapest are in Las Vegas and Arkansas.

Babysitter, Nanny, or Daycare

Babysitters are usually temporary childcare. Nannies are full-time salaried employees. And daycares are businesses. Take some time to think about what you need?

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