How Much to Pay a Sitter?
Babysitters usually paid by the hour as they
work as a part-time caregiver and not full-time.
salary is effected by several factors from the number of children to
the sitter's experience. According to the online calculator the average salary of a babysitter
can start from 6$ up to 18$ per hour. The final rate is negotiable and
should be set and agreed by both sides.
Before you determine your babysitter's
salary you should decide first how much you can afford
to pay a
private childcare provider. To have a the first basic idea of how
much a sitter should
be paid you can start by asking people you know
what is a reasonable babysitter salary is.
Another option is to use an online babysitting calculator which is
quite easy to use. Here is
snapshot of sittercity's calculator that can help set the going rate
for babysitting services
for 2014 in your area:
The following factors affect babysitters
(1) Location -
urban areas usually have the most expensive rates. Also the country
and the state you live in North America - USA or Canada. Babysitting
rates in Canada shouldn't be that different
from USA. If you live in Ontario or Vancouver or should pay your
sitter the same rate.
(2) The babysitter
duties and responsibilities – if you're planning to ask
your babysitter to be responsible for housekeeping tasks which are
related to babysitting like cooking or cleaning - then your should
pay extra. Another factor could be if you need night babysitting services or in-home babysitting services.
- adult babysitters should be paid more then young
babysitters as naturally they have more experience in
babysitting. It doesn't make sense to pay a teenager
the same as an adult person in the age of 25.
The number of children –
babysitter who is babysitting two or three kids should be paid more then a sitter who it watching only one child.
That means double the work in terms of
handling the children, cooking, cleaning, tutoring and and more.
(5) Specific days & hours
if you need a
babysitters for weekends or holidays you should plan
to pay a higher
rate. Also day caregivers such as after school sitters should not
pay the same
as a night sitter. It's all depends on her duties and
Babysitter rates are affected by different factors and that's why
sometimes it can be tough to determine an appropriate babysitting
rate. Before offering your babysitter a hourly rate you need to
consider the above factors. Moreover, asking other parents how much
they are paying their babysitter could save you considerable amount
of time. At the end, it will be up to you and you babysitter to
agree on a reasonable rate that you can afford and they can accept.
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