Babysitting Rates? - McKinney,TX

Updated on February 11, 2010
T.M. asks from McKinney, TX
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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.

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J.S.

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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.

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T.C.

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We're here in the DFW area. My daughter is 18, and has been babysitting for years. Right now she has a local babysitting job for $4.00/hour per child through the week. It sort of depends on how frequent and how stable the job is...

She recently stayed for a Saturday night outing for another family for $40.00, one child.

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M.M.

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I have two daughters. My oldest gets abotu $7 an hour. Sometimes up to $10. She is 14. My youngest just started with our neighbor and she gets about $5 an hour. She is 12. When moms ask me I say whatever you feel is appropriate and usually that ends up being more than $5 an hour
With babysitting money, my girls get to keep a little bit and the rest goes into the bank.
My 14 year old wants a VW Bug and has saved enough for a used one already.

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H.B.

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No more than $5 per hour if they are a young teenager. As they get older (17, 18) then minimum wage is appropriate.

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S.P.

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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.

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M.J.

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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.

T.F.

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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.

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R.M.

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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.

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G.T.

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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.

B.K.

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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. :-)

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R.J.

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In SoCal & Seattle the average we've found is $10 p/h for 1 child, $15 for 2-3... that's in addition to providing food and tip, and if necessary a ride to and from (if a teenager). Nannies & other Pros usually cost $20-35 p/hr.

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