What is the average babysitting rate in the US?

What is the average babysitting rate in the US?

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How much does babysitting cost or how much can you earn per hour babysitting? Learn more about this and how it differs per city by reading below!

You’re almost there, you’ve found a trustworthy babysitter who’s going to come babysit for the first time soon. You only need to decide the hourly rate for babysitting, but how much are you going to offer them? What is the average cost for babysitting in the US? And how do you determine what the babysitting rate should be? Don’t panic, we’ve created this thorough, and simple guide to help you!

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What is the average babysitting rate in the US?

The babysitting rate in USA in 2021 ranges between $10-25 per hour, based on our data of thousands of babysitters.

However, the babysitting rate varies based on where you are in the US. So, we’ve taken a look at babysitters in different cities around the country! Babysitting prices in San Francisco and Los Angeles were the highest. On the other hand, San Antonio had the lowest average babysitting costs (closer to $11/hour).

Babysitting costs in some of the biggest cities USA

Babysitting costs from most expensive to least expensive based on our 2021 data are as follows:

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC
  • Denver
  • Houston

Do keep in mind that this is simply the average babysitting rate. Other factors such as the number of children, additional tasks, and amount of experience also have an impact on how much a babysitter may cost. Want to learn more about how exactly these factors can impact the babysitting rate? Read more about determining how much to pay the babysitter below!


How much should I pay the babysitter?

As we mentioned earlier this can differ depending on the babysitter and situation. Factors such as knowledge and experience of the babysitter, the number of children, and other tasks that the babysitter may have to do can influence whether the babysitting rate is higher or lower than the average babysitting rate.

Minimum wage

When determining how much to pay the babysitter it is important to first look at the minimum wage and how it applies to the situation. With this, you can see what a person of a certain age is legally entitled to earn. In the US, the federal minimum wage is $7.25. In addition to this, many states also have their own minimum wage laws, which may raise the minimum wage up to $10-15/hour. According to the Department of Labor (as of 2021), occupations such as babysitting are not subject to the minimum wage law. (Dept. of Labor)

In the infographic below, there is a good overview of what the minimum wage is and how you can determine how much to pay the babysitter. Keep in mind that this is the minimum hourly wage. Factors such as knowledge, experience, and extra responsibilities or requirements can increase the average hourly rate.

Knowledge and experience

As a parent, you make your own decisions about whether you choose a babysitter with more experience, or one who loves children but lacks a bit of experience in babysitting. Knowledge and experience aren’t always related to age. For example, a 21 year old could have just as much experience babysitting as a 16 year old in some cases. In the end, it depends on what the parent is most comfortable with. As a parent, you can hire a babysitter with less experience and pay them less per hour. Or, you can decide to pay more per hour for a babysitter, because they have 2 years of experience and for example have a background check or first aid certificate.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a babysitter?

Next to ensuring that the children are enjoying themselves and are well looked after, a babysitter can also have extra tasks to perform. The babysitter and parents can coordinate what these extra tasks or responsibilities may be. Extra tasks can potentially increase the babysitting rate significantly.

Household chores

Sometimes, parents prefer that babysitters also take care of some household chores while babysitting. Some examples of this could be vacuuming, cooking, and/or tidying up the house. If the babysitter is open to this, they can certainly agree to carrying out these chores. However, in doing so, the babysitter may ask for a higher rate. These are, of course, extra tasks that they need to do next to the main task of babysitting.

Tutoring or Homework Help

Is the babysitter good at math or history perhaps? If the child they’re babysitting needs help, the babysitter can, next to their general babysitting tasks, also help with the child’s homework.

Pickup and Drop off

As a parent, you can also arrange that the babysitter picks your child up or brings them somewhere. For example, the babysitter can pick the children up from school and bring them to soccer practice. Not every babysitter is so flexible, and because of this the babysitter could ask for a bit extra hourly for this task.

Pet sitting

A 2019-2020 study found 67% of US households had pets (source). So, there is a relatively large chance that the babysitter has to deal with a pet! Along these lines, caring for a pet is an extra task that a babysitter may be responsible for. This may include walking the dog, cleaning the cat’s litter box, brushing the pets’ hair, or caring for and feeding the pet.

Babysitting hours

The babysitting rate can vary depending on the time of day. Many parents pay a babysitter who babysit during the day a bit more than those who work only in the evening. This is because children often are simply sleeping in the evening, and the babysitter only needs to be there in the event that the child wakes up. On the other hand, babysitters who stay past midnight to care for the kids, overnight babysitters, are often paid a bit extra above the normal hourly rate.

Multiple children

Does the babysitter need to care for multiple children? This can increase the rate that a babysitter is paid. This clearly comes associated with the extra responsibility and work of having to look after multiple children.

Ages of the children

Are the children still young and do they still need a lot of supervision? Then the babysitting rate is normally higher than when the children are a bit older and need less supervision. This is because there is a significant difference in the amount of work and responsibilities. Children that are older can already do some things by themselves, such as going to the toilet.

Take a look at the infographic below to see what a babysitter can ask above the normal rate based on these factors.

How much to pay your babysitter USA

The babysitting rate per hour needs to be coordinated between the parent and the babysitter. Look at the knowledge, experience, and age of the babysitter and discuss extra tasks that the babysitter is responsible for. This way you can put together a fair babysitting rate!

What is the average babysitting rate worldwide?

There are babysitters who choose to go work as a babysitter abroad! This can be for example as a side job while studying abroad, as an au pair, or those who simply choose to do so as an expat. There are also parents who need to look for babysitters abroad, for example when traveling or moving to another country.

Luckily, you can easily use your Babysits profile to find babysitting work and babysitters across 53 countries. Whether you’re looking for a babysitter abroad, looking for babysitting work abroad, or simply just interested in how the global average babysitting rates differ per country (based on the 53 countries where we’re active), we’ve compiled them for you below.

In general, the hourly rate for babysitting is the lowest in Colombia, Argentina, South Africa, and Poland (as of 2021). In these countries, babysitters can expect to earn less than $5 per hour.

However, in which countries do babysitters charge the highest rates? Some of the most well paid babysitters in the world are in Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia. As of 2021, babysitters here could expect to earn closer to $18 per hour, or more!

Average hourly babysitting rate worldwide

Do keep in mind that these changes in average hourly wages, between babysitters in different countries, are in part due to the differences in cost of living and income between the countries. For example, even though babysitters in Switzerland earn the most, the average prices of products and services there are also higher than in some of the other countries listed.


Now that you know how much they cost, need to find a babysitter or nanny? Check out babysitters in some of our top cities here: