Babysitter Pay

@hcromer (2712)
United States
March 12, 2007 7:14pm CST
How much do you usually pay someone to watch your child? I watched a 3 month old for 8 hours over the weekend and was extremely offended when the father handed me a $20 bill when he came to pick up his kid. It was obviously my fault for not asking first, but still...
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@imsilver (1668)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
It all depends I guess. I haven't paid for a sitter in such a long time. LOL. I don't go out anywhere really. Or if I am it's not for long and my boyfriend stays home with my children. I had to go out of town for two days back in October of last year for medical reasons and I arranged with a good friend of mine that my kids would stay with her from after school on Wednesday until after dinner on Thursday. She charged me $40. My kids stayed with her all of Thursday as she has no vehicle and they live across town from my children's school. About 5 years ago, when I was in a different relationship and used to go out quite a bit in the evenings, we'd pay our sitter $20 plus cab fare to and from her house to ours. It didn't matter if we were out for 1 hour or 5 hours, she got $20/night to come over. Before my children started school, they were in preschool and I paid the school $25/day. So, like I said when I started this.. it all depends. In each of the above cases the price was decided by the babysitter. You just have to set a rate and tell the parents that this is what you are going to be paid.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Yea that seems like crap, you should have got paid like 30 or 40 bucks. Next time, make a deal on how much you are going to charge.
@medooley (1874)
• United States
13 Mar 07
My wife watchs a child for about 8 hours every day during the week, and she gets $100 a week, so that breaks down to $20 a day. So you got what my wife would charge for watching a little one. If you expect more, next time discuss it before you agree to watching the little one.
@tba123 (457)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Around here that would be a ok price unless the baby was sick or colicky. I would suggest you have your own prices in mind and discuss them with the parents before taking the job. I'm not sure if the father was trying to offend you or what. I know the price recieved for babysitting depends on age(of sitter and child), geolocical(sp) location, and experince.
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That is really bad!! Maybe since you didn't ask first he though he could get away with paying you so little! Don't be afraid to ask up front what someone is going to pay you or tell someone what you expect, I think the parents will respect you more for being up-front and honest about what you expect. If they ask you to baby-sit again just say "I would love to but my fee is $whatever." For such a little baby I wouldn't have given anyone a $20 that is too little for all the work involved in watching a baby. Sorry!!
@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I have heard the going rate for babysitters is about $5 per hour per child. Sorry but I think you were shafted on the $20.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Well to be honest, thats really good. There are many people out there that won't even pay that much!! I babysit in my home for extra money, and the best that I can get for one child, one day is $15. I know that it seems like you are getting ripped off, but you really did come out ok.
@quatelmon (955)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That's a little crazy. I was a nanny full time for 3 boys, and I got $15 an hour. For a 3 month old, I'd really think that you should get a lot more than that, especially for 8 hours! A 3 month old is a lot of responsiblity. Next time, ask first. You should really set a rate before hand, just so that this does not happen again. Good luck!
@decimus785 (1421)
• Aruba
13 Mar 07
tahts so unfair,it's like geting paid 83 cents per hour,i think next time you should ask.
@Mbirck (73)
• United States
13 Mar 07
It really depends on where you live and the going rate. My best suggestion is to call up a few day cares and find out what they charge per kid per hour and then subtract 25 to 50 cents per hour. As for 8 hours and a 20 for a 3 month old that breaks down to a little over 2.00 an hour which is not acceptable for that age and for that time frame. But also keep in mind when setting a price you have to take into consideration your age. If you are 14-16 your going to get less then someone who is say 18-30. Even though your doing the same thing people for reason think hiring a teenager they should be paid less. Next time state your price if they need a babysitter and trust and like you they will pay it. Just set a realistic price range.