How Much Should You Pay the Babysitter?

My daughter, the one who wants to get her ears pierced, charges $2/hour. She began her childcare career as a mother’s helper, playing with her little brother’s friend while a parent was at home. But now she’s a full-fledged babysitter. She’s taken a “When I’m in Charge” class at the American Red Cross and she has lots of experience with her younger siblings. She would know what to do in an emergency and she’s very responsible. She’s the kind of babysitter, I imagine, who puts the toys away and tidies the kitchen after the kids are in bed.

“I think you should raise your rates,” I suggested when Hesperus came home after a two-hour babysitting stint with four singles.

“Ut uh,” she shook her head. “Two dollars an hour is plenty. Besides, it’s not a good time for them to be paying me more.” (The parents of the 7-year-old she’s been sitting for most often are going through a temporary separation, and feeling the pinch of the economy.)

I remember my friend Katelyn remarking that it was cheaper to hire a sitter to watch her son while she cleaned her own house than to hire someone to clean. Yet we would all agree that having someone take care of our kids is more important than vacuuming the corner dust bunnies. Wouldn’t we?

Twelve years ago when we lived in Atlanta, I earned $12/hour caring for a 3-month-old (who slept for two to three hours every morning) when I lived in Atlanta. Today we live in a small city in southern Oregon where the rates tend to be much lower.

When I asked our current sitter how much she charged, she said, “Five dollars for the first child and a dollar an hour more for each child after that.” She’s in high school. She lives at home. She’s happy to have the extra money. Her rates are so reasonable I worry she’s being underpaid. Even so, our finances have been less than enviable lately and I’m often daunted by how much it costs to hire a sitter for more than a few hours.

Maybe it’s partly because I have mixed feelings about childcare in general (having spent a good chunk of my childhood missing my own mom and being cared for by nannies), but I’m often reluctant to pay someone for the job I feel James and I should be doing ourselves.

Readers, how much do you pay the babysitter? What do you think is a fair wage for childcare? How do you juggle the need for quality care with your financial situation? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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53 thoughts on “How Much Should You Pay the Babysitter?”

  1. Very anxious to see comments on this post — I’ll be training to become a certified doula soon, and with a hubby working full time, we’ll have to hire someone to watch our 4 children when I need to be with a client and we have no idea what to expect when it comes to childcare rates! We’re in Savannah, GA — any mothers out there from around here who can give me a good idea?

  2. My oldest babysits and earns $10 an hour for twins. The mom paying her usually rounds up if she’s there for part of an hour. When I babysat my cousin’s baby when I was in high school (lo, many years ago) I charged $1 an hour, which once I started babysitting ALL day 3 days a week in the summer did not feel like enough to me. I remember it was very challenging to take care of a baby when I was a teen with no experience, all alone in a house in the middle of the country.

    When our children were little we only used a paid sitter twice. It was much easier and financially feasible to rely on our parents to help with child care. So we usually planned outings and appointments far in advance to book them.

  3. Well, I live on Long Island and everything tends to be expensive here. But, I feel like babysitters should be well-compensated. Not because of what they’re doing (playing games, hide-n-seek, etc) because of the potential of what they could be doing. What if someone gets hurt? What if a fire starts? These are my children here. So when I pay someone to watch them I want the money to reflect how I feel about what they’re doing–that it’s pretty damned important. I don’t hire anyone under 20 though.. I usually go for college students that have cars and licenses to drive. I have 3 kids–it’s a lot. My eldest doesn’t need to really be “watched” as he’s 13. But I pay $15/hour–it’s not off the charts and friends pay more.. but it’s what I can afford. Going to the movies with my husband is an expensive evening.

  4. I think babysitting rates are regional. Around where I live child care is expensive (I think). We are north of Philadelphia. All of our high school sitters charge around $10/hr.

  5. I agree with Claudine that babysitters should be well-compensated for what they do (and what they need to be prepared to do!) For years, my family used a babysitting co-op of our neighborhood parents and we didn’t pay a dime for babysitting; I highly recommend setting up or joining a co-op, because even though we don’t use it for babysitting anymore (the kids are older, most of the parents are both working) it continues to be a great source of community support and friendship for both the kids and adults. I’m in San Francisco and we hire babysitters from the local university nursing program. We pay $15/hour (plus meals and transportation time) and it is worth every penny. A long way from the 50 cents an hour I first earned as a sitter in 1978!

  6. Age of your children and number of children are important factors. $10.00 an hour is right on the dot if your children are well behaved and fairly self sufficient. I’ve always added $2.00 per hour, per child that was under the age of three. My rational for sitters is that if I offer enough, the sitter will give up her Friday night plans so I can enjoy mine. Plus, a well paid sitter is more likely to help you out on short notice:)

  7. I believe the going rate in so Cal is something like $8-$10 per hour, perhaps more, depending upon where you live. And that’s for one sit-tee…not sure what it goes up to if there are multiple. As far as your daughter, whom I admire for her work ethic…I was earning that rate ($2/hr) she charges back in – ack! – 1973!

  8. wow — with prices like that, my husband and i would be running out three nights a week! the going rate here in los angeles is twelve to fifteen an hour. for obvious reasons, we probably only pay for a babysitter about four times a year. i mean there isn’t a movie on the planet that’s worth seeing with my husband for eighty dollars (yes, movie tickets can go as high as fifteen). we trade babysitting with my brother and a couple of friends. this works out wonderfully. if you want to try it, one word of advice: make sure you like the kids of the couple you are trading with! jennifer, i definitely think your daughter should raise her rates!

  9. I have a babysitter that I pay $10 an hour. She is a college student and I feel that is a reasonable rate. She will keep her at my house or hers, which is on campus and easy for me since I work at the university. She feeds her, is certified in CPR, works at the Children’s Clinic on campus, and loves my daughter! I feel that you get what you pay for and her skills are worth something to me. I also round up, actually if she keeps her for 3 hours and I get cash from the ATM I just go ahead and give her $40 since they don’t give me denominations in 10s. 🙂

  10. We pay 10$ an hour for a high school student. She can also eat anything in the house and. Is not asked to do anything extra when ds is alsleep she can o homework watch tv or whatever the going rate in my area is 15 for a student and 20+ for a professional

  11. When I was twelve years old,I started babysitting for my younger siblings, as well as young cousins. I was paid $2 an hour, and that was 24 years ago! When I first moved to Ashland in 1998, before I

    became a mama, I nannied for $7 an hour (which I now know, was a great deal for the family!). I have hired girls in high school to babysit in the past for $7 an hour, but re-evaluated when we came home to the house filled with natural gas, and the 14 year old neighbor drowsy on the couch. After the firefighters declared our home’s air safe to breathe, I decided that I would rather pay someone older and more experienced more money, and go out (much) less often. I now hire a family friend who is a junior at SOU for $10 an hour maybe four times a year, and we make sure to go out whenever one of our moms is in town. I definitely look forward to the day when I feel that Kamala is old enough to be responsible for herself and her brother ….she’ll be 12 this summer, and I think we still have a while…

  12. I’m in Southern Oregon. Last summer I paid a soon-to-be college student $6/hr to care for and play with my 4 yr old child 3 hours in the morning so I could work. She was very gentle;a music student so she played the piano sometimes with my son.I felt it was a fair rate for both of us, since I make $18/hr. However, I couldn’t write the amount off my taxes since she isn’t a state certified service. Nevertheless I will definitely ask her again this summer if she is back in town.

  13. I live in Orange County, CA and pay $14/hour for my 1 and 3 year old boys. I would like to pay less, of course, but I can’t complain because she organizes/puts away toys each time and, whenever possible, cleans my kitchen (no matter how many dishes!) and folds laundry. I use her 2-3 times per week for 5 to 8 hours at a time to get work done.

  14. Good Question:

    We pay our babysitter, who is a professional nanny, $10/hour when it’s just our child, but the price goes down to $6/hr when we share her with a second (and it goes down to $5/hour if there are 3 kids). She is a 30-something, very responsible woman who takes her job seriously. I say nanny, vs. babysitter, because we are committed to specific hours and days per week (and pay for those times even when we don’t use them). We have also used different aged kids to be a “mother’s helper,” from $4 to $6 per hour, for a 9 year old and a 14 year old. I have found that the younger girl was a BETTER babysitter because she is playful and plays WITH our 3 year old, while the teenager does a lot of eye-rolling and looks at the job as, well, a JOB! And she is no more helpful at cleaning up, feeding, etc. Perhaps I need to be crystal clear with my expectations?

    I have always found it uncomfortable to pay a kid almost as much as the nanny! But I have decided that I just have a great thing going with the nanny, and the kids just get a bit overpaid?

    We live Ashland, Oregon, a small town.

    Good questions!


  15. We live in a large college town in Michigan. We pay a college age student the equivalent of $7.50 per hour. For the first hour we pay $10, then $15 for two hours, etc…

  16. It’s definitely cheaper in certain parts of the country. The standard around here would start at $5 for the first child. If there’s driving or other activities involved it would go up. We live in the south, and I hear of these huge rates in other areas that would keep people from ever being able to go out.

  17. Sary, I wanted to address your questions since it was more specific. When I was working as a doula, I had a friend that agreed to be “on call” for childcare. If I had a birth that month I would pay her $20 just to be “on call” since there was a chance I would have to call her in the middle of the night (dh does shift work) and then I paid her $5 an hour up to $30/day for 2 kids ages 4 and 6. So it usually ended up costing me Between $50 and $80 per birth for childcare.

  18. I occasionally watch friends kids. I charge $15 per kid for a half day (up to 4 hours) and $25 per kid for a full day (no more than 10 hours) the parent must pack the kids their own acceptable snacks. I’ve only ever had my 2 children (4 and 18 mos) a 1 year old, a 2 year old and a 3 1/2 year old all at once. I live in a small town in Colorado and i live right by a park so we usually go there and play a lot, I have my own home business so money isn’t an issue for me, but there is NO day care or other childcare here for working mothers so I help out when I can. If i charged any more than what I do and the mothers were bringing their kids to me on a daily basis, the mother would basically be handing over her entire paycheck to me. On the other hand if I have someone watch my kids for an evening out i always give them $20/kid for 1-2 hours and $30/kid for up to 4 hours.

  19. We pay depending on the location and the amount of education a sitter has. Because we live nowhere near family or friends we have to interview sitters, conduct background checks and get all the information ourselves. That being said, we require that our sitters have atleast a bachelors degree, have taken childhood development classes (and scored higher than a 3.0 in those classes) and have no legal issues. My kids are 3.5 and 2, so they can’t really talk for themselves and after seeing countless videos of sitters hurting children I got paranoid. We pay $15-$20/hr depending on amount of education (we’ve had sitters with Masters Degrees and paid them for that). We’ve lived in two high COL areas (San Diego and Honolulu), hence why the amount is so high. Once my kids are old enough to speak for themselves and tell us if something goes wrong I will have no issue hiring a high school student to watch them and probably pay around $10/hr.

  20. I have been babysitting since I was 10 years old and worked as a full-time live-in and live-out nanny for several years. I have worked in Idaho, Oregon and Florida, but rates are pretty much all the same. As a live-out nanny/ babysitter, I charged $10 for one child and $12 for more ($5 when I was younger). And as a live-in nanny in Boca Raton, Florida, I made $500/week.

    I think pay should be based on experience and qualifications. If your adult/college student babysitter comes highly recommended and has her CPR certifications, she should get paid at least $10/hour and she should be compensated for any gas she uses while your child is in her care.

  21. We pay $10 per hour for our nearly 4 year old and 11 month old. We figure we’d rather have babysitters hoping OUR family will be the one they’re babysitting for. 😉 But, we also expect diaper changes, feeding, cleaning up, etc.

  22. We pay $10/ hour for a college student to watch our three kids (3 year old twins and a 1 year old) here in NW Arkansas. She has experience in a daycare and studies paediatric physiotherapy. I could pay $6-8/ hour for a highschool student, but having three little kids (our sitter started when I was still pregnant with the youngest, and the twins were only 14 months), I feel more comfortable with someone a little older and with experience dealing with several very young kids.

  23. Hold on to your hats. Washington DC for one child, not an infant:

    -High school student – $8-10 per hour

    -College student, young professional watching kids in their spare time, or stay-at-home-mom who’s also watching her own kids – $12-15 per hour* In my experience, the college students and young professionals tend to charge more than the SAHMs.

    -Professional nanny – $15 or more per hour + benefits and taxes if it’s full-time.

    -More for more kids.

    Date-night is quite the hit to the pocketbook for parents without family in the area. There are a number of formal and informal babysitting swap networks because of that.

    The most affordable arrangement for many fulltime-working parents is the nanny share. The nanny may make $20+ per hour, but the families split the cost. It’s more expensive than one child in a daycare facility, but cheaper than two in daycare. In spite of the cost, it’s not a lucrative profession. Even if they work 8am-6pm for a family, many daytime nannies also babysit in the evening and on weekends to make ends meet and may go for weeks in between nannying jobs when their employer’s situation changes (a daycare slot opens up, child starts school, or new baby prompts mom’s maternity leave or shift to SAHM status).

    *The cost for a SAHM to watch your kids is similar to paying half a nanny share.

    The math on the above is part of why my husband and I each work part time.

  24. I have had to go part time because I can’t afford to pay a babysitter. I live in Northern Alabama and a highschool student will charge between 8-10/hr. I only earn a couple of more dollars an hour more than that so after taxes, I am actually out of pocket. The average pay rate for a woman here is between 9-14 an hour so it’s really not worth it to work sometimes. After 8 years of college and 2 degrees, I think it’s sad that a 15 year old makes the same as me. Think I might just become a babysitter~!

  25. I would say that the going rate in Ashland, Oregon is $10/ hour. This price is for an adult, not a teenager. I would

    hire a teenager and pay them $10 /hr as well, but I would probably only feel comfortable hiring a teen babysitter in the day, not at night. And I would not hire a twelve year old to babysit my child unless I was also at home. In that case, I would pay her $5/hr and I could be working in the other room.

    I have paid a nanny $15/hr in the past and I felt that it was well worth it, even if it felt expensive.

    I am a single mom, so sometimes I must hire a baby-sitter, and not to go out at night, but just to get my work done, or go to an appointment.

  26. I live in Hudson Valley of NY (about an hr north of NYC) and pay around $6/ hr for my youngest with another mom who also has her own kids at home. I pay $10/hr for my oldest son for after school care with a college student but she’s also driving him around to his after school activities most days. I pay $10/ hr for someone in my house on the date nights.. which happen around 2 to 3 times a year.

    Ten years ago, with my first, I was paying actually higher rates ($10 to $15/hr) than I am now. Definitely, the economy has more people willing to watch kids for the moms at home, and most people not being able to afford. I always feel uncomfortable paying someone to watch my kids for the sure economy of the situation… in that the babysitter always has to make less than you.

    I adore the mom who watches my youngest. It’s a great situation for my son. She should definitely be making more..and I’d definitely be paying her more if I could.

  27. We live in central NH. When our homeschooled high school aged babysitter jst has my older 2 kids- 8 ad 5 1/2 we pay her $5. When she also has the toddler- 2 yrs old we pay her $10/hr.

  28. Here in the Boston area, I pay my 12 year old babysitter $5/hr when I’m home and $7/hr if I’m out. About 5 years ago when I still babysat (and was a graduate student in the field of Child Development) I charged $12/ hr for one child, $15/hr for 2….

  29. Why do any of you figure a childcare worker should be paid any less than minimum wage??? That blows my mind!

    At the very least minimum wage for the first child and $2 per hour more for each additional child up to school age and $1.50 for each additional child over school age.

    The job of childcare, like any other paid job, should follow labour code.

    If the person is experienced and comes with good references they should be compensated according to their skill level and competance.

  30. It’s astonishing how much rates have up in recent years and how much kids are making today compared to when I babysat (with the exception of your honest and empathic daughter,of course). When my kids were little and we wanted to go out, with no family nearby we had to rely on sitters. It doubled what we spent for a night out, sometimes costing even more than the movie or dinner we went to.

  31. It’s been a LONG time since I babysat, but I seem to remember making at least $5/hour 15 years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s sweet for Hesperus to be sensitive to the family’s situation but I’d also want my daughter to understand that her time has value and not under-sell herself. Perhaps the way to balance your finances and paying a sitter what they’re worth is to ask if they will discount their rate after the kids go to bed. Yes, they’re there in case of emergency but if they’re sitting reading a book by themselves, it’s much less work than playing with the kids. And I think if you’re paying for several hours, it’s fair to ask for a bulk discount (my clients sometimes ask). As they say, everything’s negotiable.

  32. Does it make a difference if it’s a “night job” and the kids are sleeping for approximate half the time? Maybe a slightly lower rate for those hours where the sitter isn’t actively minding the children. Any opinions?

  33. i live in wisconsin and i’ve heard the going rate is $8-$10/hour. i’ve only hired a babysitter twice and it was a high school student. i rounded up to about $10/hour and the next time i saw her mom she said i had overpaid, that she usually only makes $5/hour and wanted to pay me back. i didn’t let her. she did the same job a college kid would have done so she deserved to be paid the same.

    usually we use grandma and grandpa, they pretty much beg for the job, so they are paid in “visitation hours.” 🙂

  34. There are so many variables: your region, how many children, ages of your children, ages of your babysitter. It guess it comes down to, how much are you willing to pay? Having just moved, we are at the mercy of the people we meet here. Before moving, we had a great high schooler from across the street who took whatever we offered. But we paid her higher than she expected because she was the kind of kid we hope our children look up to.

  35. It is so refreshing to hear we are not the only couple who cannot seem to manage to go out once a month on a date!

  36. I pay $8.00 for a well behaved 3 year old girl. Sometimes when my parents can’t watch her and I have to work my part-time job I have to get a sitter. I make $8.20 an hour at work. (full-time grad student otherwise)

  37. I think it depends on the babysitter’s age and experience. I tend to pay more for an older babysitter who can drive. We live a ways out of town with only a few neighbors and it is not easy to get to them. I have always prefered a driving babysitter, even if the plans are for them to stay at the house. But now that my kids are older I let the babysitter take them places. I generally pay $2 an hour per kid, as that was the going rate at the drop in daycare at school. However I always pay from the minute of pickup or arrival and I round up the time. I like to be generous with my babysitters. For 3 kids 12, 10 and 6 it comes out to $6 an hour. And really a babysitter is only needed for the 6 year old as the 12(almost 13 year old and 10 almost 11 year old – can take care of themselves.) In this case the babysitter is really a referee.

  38. I’ve worked as a nanny in southern Oregon, as well as in Beverly Hills, and found compensation fairly compartable. I began sitting in Oregon for an infant, and my duties included housecleaning and occasional errands. For this I was paid $10/hr. The family I worked for also gave me bonuses during Christmas (usually equal to a week’s pay). In Beverly Hills I was paid $15/hr for one child, and had very minimal household duties (they had a maid most days), but ran errands and drove the child to various afterschool activities. I currently live in southern Oregon again and I am sitting for 2 children, ages 2 and 4 and receive $15/hr with minor cleaning duties required.

  39. I’m all for the childcare co-op idea! Myself and three friends are doing one right now for our almost two-year-olds and it’s wonderful! We meet once a week for three hours, and the 4 babies play while 3 mamas watch them, and one gets to have the three hours off:-)

    We’re thinking that as they get older probably only two mamas have to be there, so then two could get away.

    Also, I do believe that baby-sitters should be compensated well. I mean, I was always surprised at how (when I used to be a nanny and house keeper after High School) that people would pay a person more to clean their house than to watch their children! I feel like minimum wage in the area is fair, because you’re in a sense paying a person to cover your role for the moment.

    My mom watches my daughter most of the time, or friends here and there. When I hire someone (which is not often) I pay between $8 and $10 an hour, depending on if it’s night or day.

    I feel that age should not determine wage, but I also won’t leave my daughter with a young person (under 18) unless it’s just to help out when I’m home.

  40. We are in VA and we pay 12$/hr for two. (ages 3 and 1). She charges 10$ for one and 12$ for two. She is a college graduate with some experience in childcare, we knew her for a while bc she worked at the play area we went to and really like her. Her personality meshes well with us and with our kids. The fact that our kids 1- are always happy with her and 2- are safe is priceless. i want her to feel well compensated for what she does so she’ll keep coming back and so she’ll feel more motivated to do a great job even when its challenging. job satisfaction i guess. we dont make a lot of money, but we make childcare a priority.

  41. We are in VA and we pay 12$/hr for two. (ages 3 and 1). She charges 10$ for one and 12$ for two. She is a college graduate with some experience in childcare, we knew her for a while bc she worked at the play area we went to and really like her. Her personality meshes well with us and with our kids. The fact that our kids 1- are always happy with her and 2- are safe is priceless. i want her to feel well compensated for what she does so she’ll keep coming back and so she’ll feel more motivated to do a great job even when its challenging. job satisfaction i guess. we dont make a lot of money, but we make childcare a priority.

  42. It blows my mind that 15 years ago, when I was in high school and babysitting, I was routinely paid $7-8 an hour. Granted, that was on the East Coast, but now in the Midwest it seems standard rates–even for experienced, CPR-trained sitters–are still $8-10 an hour. We are having our first child this spring and I’m planning on paying $10/hour. If our income goes up I’ll pay more.

  43. Chiming in late to say that even 20 years ago, $10/hr was the going rate for we teenage babysitters. Your daughter’s skills are certainly worth that much! We have way too many underpaid women in this country already. 🙂

  44. In my area, one child is easily going to cost $20-$35/hr is you hire a mother’s helper. You read that right. Very occasionally you can find a pre-teen mother’s helper for $10/hr. For all-out babysitting? It’s all going to run more. Frankly, we can’t afford to pay that much, and we wouldn’t leave a pre-teen completely in charge. Thankfully my mother-in-law looks forward to babysitting.

    In Pennsylvania, my dearest friend charges just a few bucks an hour. A few bucks goes so much further out there than it does here.

    So really, how much is good pay, too high, or not enough, depends on the value of a dollar where you are.

  45. In Southern Oregon with 2 and 8 year old boys… Currently we use a shared-nanny in the daytime for our youngest for $6 (she gets $12 total)and she drives them for outings but does absolutely no housework other than prepare simple meals and pick-up after the kids. When we only had one child — a very easy-going playful boy — we had a couple of dedicated sitters (college-age, one CPR qualified from the YMCA), who each had other jobs and school and sat exclusively for us “for fun”. We paid $8. Now that we have 2 boys we pay $10/hour, except when using our regular nanny, then we pay $12. In recent years even this hasn’t fit the budget so rather than ask a sitter to take less, we just called with much less frequency (is that necessarily better for them though?). I’ve heard a lot of moms here say they pay $10-12/hr unless they are teenagers, then a bit less — and I’ve felt justified paying a bit less because most every time a four-hour evening involves the kids sleeping for half of it, and I never ask for any housework, only “clean up after yourself”. I would be interested if anyone else asks babysitters to do any light housework after kids are in bed. Our nanny, when kids are sleeping, is willing to do ONLY kid-related light duties, like folding their laundry.

  46. I might add however, that our nanny is amazing as far as child development, hands-on care and play, just like a mom to him when I’m away!

  47. It’s been a long time since I hired a babysitter and we live in a really expensive part of the country (SF Bay Area). I seem to recall rates in the $12-16 an hour range way back when. Wouldn’t surprise me if they’re in the $15-$20 now. I’ve also worked as a nanny myself, many, many years ago.

    As in most things in life, you get what you pay for, and what could be more important than the care of your child/ren? So I always tried to err on the side of generosity.

  48. I would not hire someone here who says they charge $2/ hr because I would think there is something wrong.

    I pay $7.50 an hour.

  49. Another question on this subject – what do you pay a sitter that brings their own child along? Sometimes this is wonderful for your own child – a playmate – but especially if her child is younger, the caregiver’s time is obviously less yours and your child’s.

    As a business owner I can’t see paying anyone less than the minimum wage, even a teen. For one thing, it’s not legal. That said, I don’t pay anyone to sit and do nothing in my business so I can’t see doing so in my domestic world. If someone works for me and the kids are asleep, or occupying themselves nicely for a time I’d expect the worker to be doing something useful, such as picking up, doing dishes, etc.

    Also, what about overnights? My nanny loves to have the kids overnight at her house sometimes and I pay for the hours they are awake.

  50. It’s been awhile since I’ve hired a sitter. We had a high school student that we trusted, and she charged $8 an hour for our 2 children, but we always paid her more, like $10-$12. This is in No NV. The last few times we’ve had childcare, it was either a youth group thing at church where they did a Parent’s Night Out evening which included a pizza dinner, and you had to pay a small registration fee and then give a donation. I’ve also done the Parent’s night outs at the gyms, and that started out as $25 for the first child, $10 for an additional child for the time period which was 3 hours, but then the price went up.

    I used to babysit as a teen in the mid 80’s in No VA, and I made usually $2 an hour, but I had one family that paid me only $1 an hour for their two children who were not easy, and I hated babysitting for them. It’s difficult, because most starting jobs around here don’t pay very much, and $12 was the highest per hour I’ve ever made myself. And when people ask me to babysit as a favor, they sure don’t pay me $12 an hour, but for whatever reason, it’s hard to actually make money babysitting as an adult.

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