We pay our teenage babysitters about $9 per hr for the occasional night out. We used to pay $10 when the kids were younger because our sitter was a "special needs" teacher at his school and at least out of high school. When I ask them how much other people would pay them, they always said lower amounts. I figure if I pay a bit more than others, perhaps they will be more readily available the next time, and be a bit more responsible so they can come back! We don't go out often. I researched on line first and "technically" the average around here (Polk Co FL) for two kids is $11. That sounded a bit high to me. A local friend of mine used to watch my son when it was just him, and she would charge me $5. That said, I don't think a helper or babysitter with a regular gig should get paid as much as an "every-now-and-then" weekend babysitter. Our weekend babysitter is going to be coming every Monday to help out this summer. I will sometimes be here, but mostly be doing errands. I told her that I probably wouldn't be able to pay as much as I do for the occasional nights. I asked her how much her other summer helper job was paying (also two kids, but my little one is still in diapers) this summer and she said $8. She may have inflated that, since when I first met her, she told me she got like $5 for a helper job!