How much do babysitters cost?

by Amin Bashii

The price you pay for a babysitter could cost as much as $17 per hour. This rate will vary depending on where you live and the age and experience of the sitter. Cost of living and minimum wage laws can influence hourly rates.

A good rule of thumb is this: the fewer the qualifications, the lower the rate. You can pay someone who is just starting to babysit less than a professional adult with years of experience and a degree in early childhood education. Use your judgment, but you’re likely in the right ballpark if you’re paying an inexperienced babysitter somewhere between $8 and $17 an hour and an experienced professional between $18 and $32 an hour.

As you can see, the more children you have, the higher the hourly cost. If you have more than two children, a newborn or a child with special needs, the rate also tends to be higher. Ready to find your wonderful babysitter? Sitter.com matches parents with North America's most trustworthy babysitters. Locate a provider using our directory — filter your results based on experience or services offered. Whatever the desired skill, we'll help you find a babysitter. Reach out to potential hires through our platform by instant messaging or by phone call. Narrow down your results and hire the one that stands out. Easy.

About the Author
Amin Bashii
Amin Bashi is CareGuide's VP of Product. At CareGuide, we give our caregivers the support and tools needed to be successful. Because we believe happier caregivers provide better care. We champion great independent caregivers, introduce them to great families, and support them as they build long-lasting relationships directly with their clients. Amin is currently a Principal Lecturer at Product School, and he’s training the next generation of product leaders in North America.