How Much Should You Pay a Babysitter?

How Much Should You Pay a Babysitter?

How much should you pay a babysitter who watches your kids Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.?

Over on the Mamas Uncut Facebook page, our robust community of moms is always having a conversation about topics that matter. We like to highlight those conversations from time to time. Important questions. Thoughtful answers. This is our Community Questions feature!

A member of our community asks:

Just wanted to ask other mamas: What’s a good amount to pay a sitter who watches my daughter 5 days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.?

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

The Mamas Uncut Facebook community rushed in with a ton of good advice. Here are eight great answers to consider.

It Depends on Your Location

“It really depends where you live and the average rate in your area. We pay $460/week for 3 days 7:30-5:30.”

Cost-Per-Kid

“I pay $20 a day per kid. My kids are at the sitter’s house from either 6 or 6:30 am until 3 or 4 pm. Just depends on your area.”

Advice from a Babysitter

“At least $35 a day. That’s what I get for a 10-hour day.”

More Money for Full Days

“I pay $250 a week from 8-5…. 5 days a week for my 1 year old.”

Another Childcare Provider’s Rate

“In my area I got paid $70 for 5 hours. My sitter’s sitter pays $100 a day for 8 hours.”

A Flat Rate

“$200 a week.”

A Flexible Rate (with Perks)

“I use to sit (while very pregnant) for my fiancé’s co-worker’s two younger kids (junior and senior kindergarten). It sometimes included bedtime (I started as soon as they were off the bus). I was tight on money and she drove me back n forth, so regularly $40 and sometimes $45 a day.”

Consider the Workload

“$150 to $200 if you provide all the needed food and supplies. Those are long hours and a decent amount of days.”

It Depends on Your Relationship With the Sitter

“I paid my sitter $10 an hour. She was my friend though. Daycares around me are around $175-$250 a week.”

It’s a Full-Time Job, So Factor That In

“Thats basically a full time job so that definitely should be considered”

All good answers, even though they vary wildly. So what to do? We recommend considering the following questions:

  • How many children need to be watched?
  • What is the average day/hourly rates for babysitting services are in your geographic area?
  • Does the babysitter have to provide anything (food, snacks, car, etc.)?
  • Do you need to factor in the sitter’s commute?
  • How much does daycare cost in your area?

After answering those questions, hopefully you are able to get a better idea of what works for your location and your family.

Do you have a question you’d like answered? Submit it to the Mamas Uncut Facebook page, and we may feature it along with some of the best answers on this site! You can remain completely anonymous while still getting the information and support you need from other moms who know what it’s like.

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

Leave a Comment