Q&A: What Are the Going Rates For a Mother’s Helper or Babysitter?
Question and Answer
What are the going rates these days for a mother’s helper? For 1 child, or 2 children+? And how about a babysitter? Do you pay according to experience, transportation, per kid?
- Dana Wilde writes: “I’m a seasoned hilltown family baby sitter, (and a full-on grown-up). I only work with families I personally know, or through their personal connections. I charge $10/hour for one kid. $15 for two. Also, my 20-minutes-away family pays for gas, which makes a huge difference in my willingness and good mojo.”
- Jody Hadden writes: “Daycare around here is usually about $ 25 -30 per day at 8 to 9 hr days so I usually pay my sitter according to that formula. So for 2 kids I usually do about $ 6 /hr plus provide dinner or lunch.”
- Angela Mulkerin writes: “I pay 13$/hr for awake time and 10$/hr for sleep. I have one 2 year old who classifies as a medium handful! I also pay for gas if I need the sitter to drop him off anywhere at the end of their day (5$ a trip). But I’ve only used adults…. I’m thinking about trying to find a high schooler now that the kiddo is a little older – maybe they charge less? And I wouldn’t put my child in a car with anyone with less driving experience than me.”
- Kristin Mattocks writes: “I pay roughly $14/hour for babysitting for two children (ages 5 and 7). Given we live about 15 minutes outside of Amherst, that figure also accounts for the cost of gas to get to/from our house.”
- Katryna Nields writes: “I pay $10 hour to people who drive. Most folks don’t want to come to my hilltown for fewer than 4 hours. So I would help with gas if it were shorter than that. I have one fabulous sitter to whom I pay $12 because that’s what she charges…. I pay the teenagers down the street- non drivers- $6 an hour. I also always round up. I have 2 kids. If I share a sitter with another family the price is usually $14 an hour or $6 per kid depending on the sitter.”
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