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I know it's going to depend on the number and age of your children, their activity level, the amount of close supervision they require, and any other special challenges that are present, but I just wanted to get a basic idea.<br><br>
By babysitter, I mean someone you call when you want a night out for a few hours, not a day care center.<br><br>
Do you pay the minimum wage? More? Less? Flat fee?<br><br>
When I was 12 I made 3 to 5 bucks an hour. When I was 14 it was often a flat fee, such as $20 for "an evening." After age 14 I figured I was too old to babysit for money. But now, I don't know if I would feel right paying someone less than minimum wage.
 

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Well, our babysitter is my parents and we pay them in smiles and thank yous<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> BUT I do know when I was sitting, about 4 years ago here, I made 10-15 an hour. I was an adult, with a degree in child development and CPR and first aid trained though, so I made a bit more than a HS student.<br><br>
Now I know HS students that are very responsible and most CPR certified, and they make between 10 and 15 depending on how many kids etc.<br><br>
I have no idea what minumum wage is now, but I have a feeling anyone I would leave my child with would be paid quite a bit more.<br><br>
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and everyting here is very expensive, probably including the babysitters!<br><br>
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Our teenaged babysitter charges us $5 an hour for our 4 year old, but we end up paying her more along the lines of $8 an hour, sometimes less. Right now we have a deal with her where we gave her a laptop in exchange for 60 hours of babysitting, so we just tally up the hours. A lot of the hours she put in have been when I was here in the house.<br><br>
When I was 16, back in the 1980's, I made $1 to $2 an hour for 2 children. I was only making $10 an hour at my last job in 1999 and they wanted me to come back and work at least part time. Shoot, I'd have had to pay about $10 an hour for childcare, so what would have been the point?
 

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Personally, I make 10$ an hour (with a B.A. early childhood no less, I gotta ask for a raise). I wouldn't pay anyone less than that to watch my precious baby!!!
 

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Well, I am young, so I was babysitting even while I was pregnant last year( I have no degree, just experience) anyway, it realy depends on the # of kids and the age of the sitter, you obvously have to pay an older person more, not that their time is more valuable, but in a sense it is, and they are more than likely providing better care. (as in cooking a good meal for your kids verses something in the mocrowave) i would say, for example, if you have two toddlers and an 18 yr old babysitter a good wage would be 8 dollars an hour. from my experience 10 dollars is kinda high unless this person is certified. I hope this helps.
 

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In So. CA we pay $7 / hr for 2 kids to a high school / young college student and $10 / hr for an experienced adult. Sitters found through an agency get $15 - 20 /hr.
 

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We have a wonderful girl that just graduated from college and she charges $8 per hour. That's the going rate in my area, from what I understand.
 

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My oldest babysits.<br><br>
She charges 2.00 an hour per kid.<br><br>
She charges an extra dollar per kid if she feeds them, and<br>
an extra dollar per kid if she bathes them and an extra dollar<br>
per kid if she puts them to bed. She doesn't ever charge for cleaning up, but if she washs dishes, after they are in bed, or picks up, she sorta expects a "tip".<br><br>
So lets see, 2 kids, 4 hours out. 16.00 +2$ for supper +2$ for bath +2$ for bed. 22.00$<br>
Maybe she is undercharging.<br>
Of course, we live in South Dakota, things here tend to be cheaper.
 

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We're in small town Iowa here. We have an 8 yr old and a 5 yr old and I pay roughly 5.00 an hour for a high schooler. This is for a couple of hours in the afternoon--no bedtimes, meals or cleaning up. We usually "round up" or "tip", so I guess it comes to 7.00 or so
 

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WE have a 34mo and a 5yo and we pay a highschool or college student $7.00 per hour. If we go out with another couple and add in their child (almost 4yo) we make it $10.00per hour. Usually this involves putting at least the oldest ones to bed (easy)and sometimes the younger one if we go out before 7:00pm. If we are out till 12:00 thats 35-50 dollars depending on the# of kids. If it's on the lower end we give a tip, but everyone's in bed by 8:30-9:00pm at the latest, so they're getting paid 7-10bucks while the babes are asleep. If it's $60. or more ther's usually not a tip, but they don't often have to make dinner and if they do it means ordering pizza or cooking pasta--nothing big.<br>
So that's our deal here.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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I have only left my girls with a babysitter once, they are really really easy though and it was only for two hours while my DH was out of town so I could go to a school openhouse.<br><br>
I had to pick up and drop off which was a major pain... not sure if I should factor that in. I had to borrow a neighbor to stay with my sleeping girls so I could take the sitter home. I paid her $10 for the evening, which probably was low, but that is the cash I had on hand. I wonder if she will be willing to sit for me again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I asked her what she charges and she wouldn't tell me... and the bank machines here only give out twenties...
 

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I've had a "mother's helper" for a bit, and "paid" her with treats. Good snacks, I bought her a candle when we went shopping, things like that. She really just wanted to play with the baby, so that was payment enought. =) Man, I was a cheap babysitter! I had no idea they cost this much any more!<br><br>
I got this in my e-mail funnies, thought you might get a grin from it (please don't take it too seriously).<br><i>When you're a parent you're a prisoner of war. You can't go anywhere without paying someone to come and look after your kids. In the old days, babysitters were paid about 50 cents an hour, and they'd steam clean the carpet and detail your car. Now they've got their own union. I couldn't afford it, so I asked my mother to come over. The sitters called her a scab and beat her up on the front lawn.</i>
 

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Well, here in NYC, last week we got a new sitter for the evening and I said to her, thinking this was plenty: How is $10 an hour? And she said, I usually get $12.<br><br>
I do think it is well worth it though. It makes an evening out expensive but I figure that it's just one of those things you gotta spend for. We only do this about once a month therefore. After you've gone to a movie here, and had maybe a coffee afterward you're talking about a $75 evening.<br><br>
BTW I am appalled at how little day-care workers get paid with little or no benefits.
 
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