February 11, 2010,
T.M. asks from McKinney, TX on February 10, 2010
Babysitting Rates? - McKinney,TX
My daughter is wanting to start babysitting. What is the going rate today? Is it $5/hour? I have mostly used family so I have no clue.
Thanks for your help!
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J.S. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2010
I was just debating the same thing as we're going to try a new babysitter. She wants me to set the rate (smart!) and my gut is we'll do $8/hr and round up depending on timing. For older sitters I pay $10, so $8 feels right to me. Good luck.
R.J. answers from San Diego on February 10, 2010
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B.K. answers from Chicago on February 10, 2010
Don't know about Texas, but here in Chicagoland we pay about $10. I always pay more so I can find a sitter when I need one. If they know you pay well, they'll come back! I would bet people would pay her more than $5 if they value her service. :-)
G.T. answers from San Francisco on February 10, 2010
It varies a lot depending on where you live. Boston and California are very expensive (more than $15 is not exceptional)
According to sittercity.com rate calculator, in Texas, a young babysitter can expect around $9/hour.
R.M. answers from Topeka on February 11, 2010
Wow...I am going to go to work as a babysitter!!! They make more than I do as Pharmacy Clerk!!! lol (AND theirs is tax free!!!)
Times have sure changed since my daughters ( now 27 -33 years old) were babysitting!!!
I would tell you to have her let the parents set the rate the first time or two...that will help her see what the going rate is in your area.
T.F. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2010
My daughter is 15 and she now babysits some. She never sets a price and she has never come home with less than $10/hour.
When we had a sitter, we guaranteed $40 no matter what (in case someone got sick, etc) and then we paid $10/hr on top of that. Our weekly dates were $60-80 for a sitter CASH.
M.J. answers from Sacramento on February 10, 2010
I think it varies a lot by geographic area. Here in Northern CA, we pay $15/hour for two kids. I suspect she can get at least $8/hour; $5/hour seems very low, but it may be different there in Texas.
S.P. answers from Minneapolis on February 10, 2010
I work with middle school children and I believe the going rate that is "expected" is $5/hour. However, I nearly always pay between $8-$10/hour for my babysitters. If the babysitter is older, more experienced, or has CPR and First Aid training, I would pay a minimum of $10/hour ranging higher depending on what is expected. For young adolescents just starting out, I think asking for $5/hour is appropriate.
H.B. answers from Portland on February 10, 2010
No more than $5 per hour if they are a young teenager. As they get older (17, 18) then minimum wage is appropriate.