What should I charge for babysitting?
Babysitting rates vary based on where you live, how much experience you have, and how many kids you are watching. The average babysitting rate across the nation is $13.50.
Here are some rates from 2014:
1. New York City Area
$15.34 for one child; $16.76 for two; $18.74 for three.
2. San Francisco Area
$14.99 for one child; $17.68 for two; $19.46 for three.
3. Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Area
$13.83 for one child; $15.27 for two; $16.95 for three.
4. Greater Boston Area
$13.64 for one child; $15.66 for two; $16.77 for three.
5. Los Angeles Area
$13.53 for one child; $15.87 for two; $17.94 for three.
6. Seattle Metro Area
$12.80 for one child; $14.83 for two; $15.47 for three.
7. Greater Chicago Area
$11.91 for one child; $14.07 for two; $15 for three.
8. San Diego Area
$11.11 for one child; $13.28 for two; $14.82 for three.
9. Denver Metro Area
$10.84 for one child; $12.26 for two; $14.24 for three.
Source: ABCNews, “A Comparison of Rates in 9 Cities”
You’re in high demand around holidays such as New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. If you would like to charge a different rate for holidays, we suggest you update your rates a couple of weeks prior to the holiday. If it’s a new client or if a parent sends a booking request for a holiday date prior to you updating your rates, make sure you send them a message to let them know your holiday rate. It will help you avoid an awkward conversation on the night of the job! It will also help you keep your clients happy. Clients don’t like rate surprises.