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How much should I pay the babysitter?

Finding a good babysitter that your kids enjoy being around is a challenge; keeping a babysitter is a whole other hurdle in itself. The best answer to “what should I pay the babysitter” is hourly and slightly above what you feel is “right”. If your babysitter has done a great job, make sure to pay the babysitter well. This will ensure that they are available the next time you call when you want a night alone. In general, babysitter pay can range from $8 to $12 per hour for one child and $12 to $15 per hour for two children. For each additional child you should pay the babysitter at least $2/hr more. Overall, babysitter pay will depend on how many children they are caring for and how many years experience they have.


Other things to take into consideration when considering babysitter pay are the duties that are required, whether or not there is housekeeping, and the amount of time they will spend caring for the children. Ultimately, whatever you decide to pay the babysitter should be fair and will determine whether or not they will want to babysit for you again. Don’t cut corners on what you pay the babysitter, your children should be the most important thing in your life.

Now that you know what to pay the babysitter, click here to find out how much you should pay your nanny.

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