How Much To Pay A Babysitter

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slackette - April 19

A friend of mine is going to be watching my 8 month old so while DH and I go to a wedding today from 3-9pm. How much should I pay her for 6 hours? Is there a customary dollar amount per hour?

 

DDT - April 19

Where I live the going babysitter rate is $5/hr.

 

DDT - April 19

If I were you I would give her $30 and maybe money so she can order dinner in or something. Being a friend she may not even want to accept the money so paying for her dinner is a nice thank-you.

 

lissica - April 19

I haven't had to worry about babysitting yet but i personally would give $60 for that amount of time plus they can help themselves to the fridge.

 

mlm056 - April 19

I would give $60 as well - the going rate here is between $10-12. Enjoy your night out!

 

Happymommy - April 19

Wow!! $10 an hour! DH and I would never be able to go out, lol! Where we live the going rate is about $2 to $3 an hour per child, and if there is only one child it is usually more like five. We don't get sitters that often so we usually try to pay a little higher. I would ask other moms in your area what they pay. Also, like DDT says you could pay for dinner. We have some family who like to watch our kids but don't like to be paid, so we always pay for dinner and being college students they really appreciate it!

 

pregnantjackie - April 23

I'd say slightly below minimum wage for the area.

 

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