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Old 06-03-2009, 04:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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How much would you offer to a 16 year old for occasional babysitting, two kids (in a high cost of living area)?

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Old 06-03-2009, 04:32 AM
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We live in a mid to low COL area and my 16 year old gets $8 an hour for one kid... granted, neither of the kids she watches are very easy to watch, for different reasons.

 
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Mine gets $8/hr and I have four kids.

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I would ask her what her rate is. Around here I think $10-15 an hour is pretty standard.
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Here we pay 10.00/hour for 1 child.

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10 an hour for the 15 year old to put in videos and text her boyfriend : yeah we stopped having her come over.

eddited to add this was when we had two kids, I'm sure her rate has gone up.

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Last time I used a teen baby sitter (albeit 6 years ago and she was 12-13), I paid $2-3 per hour per child with a $20 minimum (alltogether, no matter whether it was just one child or both). I even had a cancellation policy: more than 2 days notice, no pay because she could probably get another job; 1-2 days, half rate; within 24 hours, pay her what she would have made. After all, once she committed to me, then she might have turned down another job. Then we moved and the going rate seemed to be $10+ per hour for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Which we saw as ridiculous because my husband's job only made less than $8 an hour. There was no way in H*ll we were going to pay some kid more than we made. (I got a new job and he quit that one because mine required we move across the country).
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I had someone offer me, an adult, $15 per hour to babysit 2 yo twins in the Philadelphia area so I'd expect the Bay area to be at least $10 if not $15 for a teenager.

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We pay $10 per hour for one child. My younger cousin who baby sits says she gets anywhere from $7 to $10 an hour for up to three kids.

The rates in our area are rising. She mentioned to me that she is turning down the $7 an hour jobs more and more as those are multiple young kids/parents expecting her to do housework too jobs in favor of the higher rate, less kid jobs.

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Oh my gosh! I had no idea rates were so high! Even more reason to not leave my dd.....
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Oh my gosh! I had no idea rates were so high! Even more reason to not leave my dd.....
We rarely go out without DS so the $10 an hour for someone who I think is responsible and capable is worth the cost.

If we needed sitters on a regular basis, the $10 an hour would be harder to handle.

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I'm in the Boston area. My mom watches my DD while I work so I don't use outside sitters too often, but my emergency back up sitter (adult) is $20/hr. A few people have mentioned to me that that is a lot, but I don't need to use her often (just three times in almost 2 years) and she's always been available to us on practically no notice so it's worth it. I've never used a teen so I'm not positive what the going rate is here -- I think it might be around $10/hr.
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I pay my 16 y/o babysitter $10/hr for my 2 1/2 year old. We live in Omaha Nebraska.
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We pay $12/hr for our three boys for night time. For day time, we tend to give a little bit more.

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Well, my kids are pretty easy (for other people anyhow!) and they watch so little tv that I actually wouldn't mind if she let them watch videos for an hour or so, so I guess I'll go with $10/hr and see what happens. At $15/hr it's going to make it rough for us to afford an occasional movie. I mean, even $10/hr makes it hard, but $15 would put us over the edge!
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For teens we pay $10/hr for two school-aged children. I paid more when there were diapers involved. For college-aged and up we pay $12-15 plus milage since frequently the need for an older sitter is driven by the need for my kids to be transported somewhere.

I also always round "up" to the nearest hour as a bit of a tip.
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