What Is the Going Rate for a Mother's Helper

Updated on June 09, 2009
W.K. asks from Oceanport, NJ
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Hi Moms,
I have 2 boys ages 6 and 8 and twin girls ( 9 months old) I know I will not be able to get to the beach on my own this summer. What is the going rate for a mothers helper. I have a 12 year old girl interested in being a mothers helper, and I also have a 17 year old girl who babysits for other families interested in helping. please advise. thanks

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answers from Rochester on

This is just a base to go from: My SIL pays $3 per kid per hour for her babysitter ($9/hour for three kids). I think that is a bit on the high end. In another situation, I get paid $30/day for an 8 hour shift watching one boy. Babysitting is and always will be an underpaid job.

As for a mother's helper, I would think that $2.00/hour is appropriate and you provide snacks/meals for your helper. You are providing her training for babysitting, and you are there to assist with the kids. If she does a good job, you'll know that you can count on her for babysitting jobs when she's a little older.

I hope that this helps!



answers from New York on

Hey MOM,

I am not sure what your situation is,
If you are a SAHM I would suggest sort of a barter option, Where you care for someone's 13 year old child in exchange for help around the house.

What I mean is perhaps there is a mom in the neighborhood who has to work and wants to know her child is being taken care of.

Each day she comes over you have her do a set amount of tasks such as dishes, laundry ,take out garbage, and sweep the floor. After that her day is her own. you pay her 10 dollars a day. or 50 dollars per week.

THEN when you need help at the beach , park or what have you she is there to help.

AND in return your helping both her and her mom.


PS post on craigslist, the supermarket, churches.



answers from Syracuse on

I have a friend with a 14 yr old Mother's Helper and she get $5/hr. I would imagine you would need to pay the 17 yr old more, not sure on that one. It's amazing - I think I made $5/hr as a high school and college age sitter! I hope this helps:)



answers from New York on

Hi W.,

Not sure what the going rate is but I work as a coordinator for a local aupair agency and thought you might want to look into this option. It is flexible, affordable and a great way of introducing your children to other cultures as well. Please check out our web site for more info. and pricing, we do offer payment plans as well. The aupairs are live in from around the world and can stay with you up to two years. www.aupaircare.com Let me know if you have any questions as well.
Best of luck!

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