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What is the going rate for babysitting? And does the rate go up for more than 1 child?<br><br>
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I'd post this in your FYT regional forum, as it varies a lot by region.<br><br>
Here, I pay our mother's helper $6 an hour.
 

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My rate for sitters who drive and are in college -- $10 per hour. They are in charge of feeding her dinner (that i have prepared), getting her in PJ's, reading books and rubbing her back until she goes to sleep. Then the sitter has a few hours to do homework or read or watch TV.<br><br>
For a "mother's helper" -- a 12-year-old girl who comes over to play with DD while I unpack (we just moved) I pay her $5 an hour. She doesn't have any responsibilities except playing with DD.<br><br>
However -- the area we just moved from was more rural, and my college-age babysitter only asked for $7/hour.<br><br>
Best thing to do is ask the sitter what her rate is -- then you won't be surprised and she won't feel cheated.
 

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Thanks mamas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
My daughter is the sitter. She'll be 11 next week and has been asked by our neighbors to babysit their 2 children (boy 5yrs, girl 6yrs). Up until now I've told her no but she is a very capable and kind 10yo so I know she can handle it. So maybe $10/hr would be a fair wage for dd to ask for? I was thinking that might be too high, but it's 2 kids....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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Well, for that young, I would probably only pay $5-6 an hour. I did one time have an 11 year old babysit my DS when he was little and I paid her $5. That is what she told me her rate was. And the 12yo boy across the street will watch my kids sometimes (at their house with their mom) and their mom only lets me pay him $10 for 2 hours. I was late one time and tried to give him more but the mom wouldn't let me.<br><br>
We have actually had gymboree teachers give us their card to babysit and they charge $10 per hour. And they are adults, usually with kids of their own.
 

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$15 an hour for 2 kids. I have a family friend that watches the kids on Wed afternoons for 3 hours, and she charges me $10 an hour. I used to pay $15 an hour for a Mother's Helper.
 

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I've seen the rate vary widely around here. I have seen anywhere from $5/hr to $15/hr. It's really crazy. I guess it pays to just ask around locally and see what other families are charging, or if you have a sitter in mind, ask if they have a "going rate". Certainly it also likely differs based on # of kids and the sitter's responsibilities.<br><br>
I remember being a sitter and one mom paid me $7/hr (my going rate was $5/hr) and she called it "combat pay" because her kid was quite a handful!<br><br>
I have paid one sitter $5/hr for playing with my 2 boys, and another sitter $10/hr for putting them to bed (yikes! I consider that task very worth of combat pay!).<br><br>
Good question.
 

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It depends on the age. For a college aged baby sitter, we've paid $10 per hour. For a young school aged teenager, we pay about $5 an hour.
 

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I think $5/hr each so $10/hr is more then fair. Around here the average rate is $7/ hour/child.
 

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We pay our nanny $7 an hour she is 15 and very happy with that. We live in a very rural part of Michigan. We have 2 kids.
 

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We pay $5/hour for 3 kids. I have a few sitters who feel that is very fair and 1 whose mom told me it was too much. So, obviously it varies a lot. I think it also depends on how much you make. It isn't like someone comes here and walks iinto a 15000 sqft home with a pool and then feels cheated by what we pay. We can't afford to pay more than what we make though either.
 

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i'm 23 married and own my house and i would be thrilled with $10/hour! i only make $7 at my FT job! too bad my house isn't kid proofed or i would sit for you!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm a FT nanny and I babysit. For babysitting I charge $10-15/hr depending on how many kids and what the duties are. Though its not uncommon for me to just help someone out and let them pay much less b/c I know I'm doing them a favor. I charge alot more for nannying of course. B/c its 8-5:30 everyday with all the duties included. And it's a salary not per hour. My niece who is 13 though she gets around $6/hr. I think it depends on experience and age and number of children. I of course charge more b/c its the career I chose and I have 14 yrs experience.
 

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I pay a 14 year old girl $4/hr for my 3 month old. She charges an additional dollar an hour per additional child. She's Red Cross certified in everything you can be certified in. I seem to remember charging at least $5/hr when I was babysitting back in the day....
 

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Wow, that's a wide range. Thanks mamas. I think dd and I have decided that $7/hr is a reasonable fare to charge. They are work-at-home parents so they don't have a lot of money. They haven't asked her again yet so we'll see what happens.
 
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