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Babysitter Handbook: Hourly Pay Guide


Okay so you’re about to begin babysitting and don’t know what to charge, you might be afraid that if you charge too much, the parents will look for someone else and if you charge too little, you aren’t going to make enough money for your time. Finding that “in-between” perfect hourly wage can be tough and can differ in some cases!

You should always take many things into consideration when figuring out your hourly pay. Let’s get started!

  1. Minimum Wage – The reason that you need to take this into consideration is simple, it’s the law. You should ALWAYS make sure that you are getting paid AT LEAST minimum wage, if not more. The average minimum wage in the United States is $7.25/hr. In certain states, it’s more and in certain states, it’s less. You can look up your state here. In Florida, the minimum wage is $8.10/hr.
  2. Years of Experience – How long have you been babysitting or even volunteering with children? For every year that you’ve been working with children, add $.50 to your hourly pay. Parents want someone who has lots of experience with children so that they can be sure that their children are being properly cared for.
  3. Number {and ages} of Children – How many children will you be caring for? This is a big one. If you’re watching more than one child, you should add $1 for every extra child. If you are watching a newborn baby you might also want to charge an extra $2 or so because it can be more work to tend to their needs if they need bottles every few hours and more frequent diaper changes.
  4. Amount of “Work” {chores} – What do the parents want you to do? Do they need laundry folded? Cooking dinner? You’d be surprised at the extra things that you can do for parents for a little extra cash! If a parent wants you to fold laundry and tidy up the house by sweeping, cleaning countertops and other little things, you should charge an extra $1-$2/hr to the hourly pay.

Below, you can use this guide to figure out what you should be charging for babysitting.

  • Your State’s Minimum Wage: ____
  • Add $.50 for each year of experience: ____
  • Add $1 for every extra kid: ____
  • Add $1-$2 if parents want chores done: ____
  • Total hourly pay: ____

Remember that this total will vary for different families. Make sure to use each family’s needs to figure out how much you should be getting paid. Here are two different scenarios for example.

Ex. 1: “The Smith Family” – $8.10 Hourly Wage, 2 Years of Experience, 2 kids {ages 2 & 5}, no chores necessary. 

  • Your State’s Minimum Wage: $8.10
  • Add $.50 for each year of experience: +$1.00
  • Add $1 for every extra kid: +$1.00
  • Add $1-$2 if parents want chores done: +$0
  • Total hourly pay: $10.10/hr

Ex. 2: “The Jones Family” – $9.00 Hourly Wage – 3 Years of Experience, 4 kids {ages 2, 5, 8 & 10}, basic chores.

  • Your State’s Minimum Wage: $9.00
  • Add $.50 for each year of experience: +$1.50
  • Add $1 for every extra kid: +$3.00
  • Add $1-$2 if parents want chores done: +$1.50
  • Total hourly pay: $15/hr

Alright, so now that you know have an idea of what your total hourly pay should be, you need to inform the family that you are babysitting for. This can be hard sometimes because you can feel like you’re begging for money or being pushy but this is a real job that you should always be serious about! There is no need to feel bad for charging a particular amount because if you look at what a family wants/needs you to do for them, you need to charge them the proper amount! Make sure that when you are telling a family what your hourly pay that you require, you include the price breakdown so that they can see where their money is going because then, they can decide if they really need you to clean up the kitchen or things like that.

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I hope that this helps you expand your babysitting business and can help you to start getting paid fairly!


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