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Teenage Babysitter Rates


Teenage Babysitter Rates. How much should you pay a teenage babysitter vs. a part-time nanny?

Babysitter rates will rely on several factors. If you hire a teenage babysitter from your own community for instance, you can expect to pay a lesser amount than the one you pay for when you get a sitter from an agency. However, there are still other considerations to make, and paying lesser does not guarantee that your kids will be in good hands.  Believe it or not, there are wonderful, responsible teenagers out there.  ..And they’re looking for jobs.

So what is the usual babysitter rate? Where do you start?  Babysitting rates usually range anywhere from $4 to $12 per hour. Remember those days when you could pay a 13-year-old teen from your neighborhood just a few dollars and she’d be totally fine with the rate? While there are a number of teens these days who are willing to watch over your kids for 3 bucks an hour, the majority of parents today have more expectations from anyone who is offering babysitting services. Parents today are more watchful over what goes around in their home due to some tragic events in the past.

Nobody wants a stranger in the home watching over the kids, however, sometimes it is necessary for parents to have someone care for the kids while they run errands. Therefore, hiring someone who is professional, reputable, can be trusted, and can perform additional tasks may come with a higher rate. For instance, a family may want a sitter who can drive in case of an emergency, cook, or even tutor.  Some teenagers are even willing to clean a bit to increase their rate.  This is typically only a good idea when the children are somewhat older and don’t need extreme tending to.

It all depends on your personal situation. If you’re going to leave your kids with a caregiver for just a few hours while you’re out on the weekend or have to rush to a meeting, you could hire a teenage babysitter. If your sitter is young and have only one child who needs care, you could expect a babysitter rate of just around $7 to $10. Usually, a second child adds an extra $1 per hour.

The average babysitting rate these days is typically around $10 per hour but babysitting wages can vary widely anywhere from as little as $5 per hour all the way up to $17 per hour or more! The reason for such a wide range is due to three main factors: location, experience, and number of children being cared for:

Location of Family

Where you live does play a role in what to pay a babysitter. Typically if you live in a large city like New York where the cost of living is higher, babysitting rates are also higher when compared to smaller cities and rural ares. Babysitting is a job like any else so babysitter rates will be affected by the location you are currently living in.

Experience of Babysitter

How much experience a babysitter has is one of the most important considerations in determining a reasonable babysitting rate. A high school student with little or no experience would normally earn less than an experienced adult. All other factors aside, teenagers are often happy to babysit for $5 per hour whereas an adult with a number of years experience would expect at least $10 per hour. It really all depends on your childcare requirements and what type of babysitter you are comfortable with caring for your children; It’s a personal choice.

Number of Children

This is pretty much a given; the more children you have needing a babysitter, the more work it’s going to be for a babysitter and the more money you should consider paying them. How much extra should you pay for looking after more than a single child? It can vary but usually around $1 or $2 per additional child is most common these days.

If you want to reasonable with your sitter, there are some considerations to make before establishing the appropriate rate. You have to think about the type of work your potential sitter is going to do. Babysitting is actually a tough job. Some sitting tasks are also more difficult than usual. Take note of what you might be asking your potential sitter to do in your household. In this case, you may need to think of how many kids she’ll have to handle and what other chores you might want her to do, such as cooking for the kids, cleaning and even tutoring. Other things you have to think about include the sitter’s experience (training, knowledge of CPR, skills, references, years on the job, etc.) as well as your negotiating skills. Yes, you should be able to explain to the potential sitter why you think you should pay her a particular rate. It doesn’t hurt to discuss.

Babysitting rates range from $7 to $25 per hour. If a sitter is relatively young, has less experience, and will be handling just one child, then you could expect a rate of $3-6 per hour. If you’re looking for someone who is more like a nanny and could carry out additional tasks and has more years of experience, then you could expect to pay more than $10 per hour for her services.

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