What Should You Pay Your Babysitter?

| July 20, 2015 | 8 Comments



What factors should you consider when deciding what to pay your babysitter? We’ve put together this list for you to consider:

  • The babysitter – the fifteen year old kid next door is going to be at a different pay rate from the twenty year oldECE student. Age, experience and qualifications of your future sitter are all factors in deciding a rate.
    • Age – Some teenagers are very responsible and some adults are not but, on the whole, you should expect to pay a higher rate for an adult who is minding children as a source of income. Rates aside, the age of your babysitter might be a factor if you need them, for example, to care for a newborn. Someone with more qualifications or experience might be a better fit in that case.
    • Qualifications – Does your sitter have a certificate in Early Childhood Education or a babysitting course from the local community centre? Consider what you need / want in a sitter because the more qualified they are, the higher rate you should expect to pay.
    • Experience – If you are looking for a babysitter with more experience than babysitting little brothers and sisters or if you are looking for someone with specific experience (dealing with medical issues / special needs children, for example), you should be prepared to pay more for these qualifications.
  • Your kids –
    • Special care – do your kids need special care? Administration of medicine, special needs, autism or a disability? The rate of pay should reflect the extra care and qualifications that your sitter will need to provide.
    • Number of kids – do you have one kid or six? A sitter’s pay should reflect the number of children in their care, as well as the relative ages of those kids. Two school aged children have a different set of care requirements from a newborn and toddler combination. Basically, younger children = higher pay. More kids = higher pay.
  • The job –
    • Tasks OTHER than child care – do you need to babysitter to do something other than play with / mind and care for the kids? Cleaning, for example? Or meal preparation? Each ‘additional’ task should factor into the rate being set.
    • Hours – the odd evening out or every day throughout the summer? Whether you need a babysitter on an occasional basis or consistently, the number of hours and time of day as well as consistency of work should factor in to the rate. Typically, evening, weekend and occasional work are at a higher rate of pay than consistent / daytime work.
    • Your location – if the sitter has to drive a fair distance to get to your home, you might want to consider a premium for transportation.

Once you and your babysitter have agreed to a rate, review it every 6 months or so to make sure that all of the factors above are still more or less the same. If your sitter has acquired more qualifications or you have had more kids or added to the list of tasks, you might want to revisit the rate. Ultimately, you want your kids to be cared for by someone who is happy to do the job and part of that comes from being paid appropriately for the skills that they bring to the role. If they are spending a lot of time with your kids, the babysitter is having a direct impact on their growth and happiness, so it’s important to keep communication lines open!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. KD says:

    Is anyone willing to share a sample rate? I have a friend who will be watching my toddler for 5 hours in an evening and is saying she will do it for free, but we don’t feel it’s right to take advantage of her generosity.

  2. Anne Taylor says:

    I don’t have a clue how much to actually pay a sitter anymore! My kids are lucky as we (grandma and grandpa) do it free for them!

  3. kathy downey says:

    I have no clue what to pay a babysitter these days but after raising a few and knowing the job I think the pay should be set between you and her and it should depend on what you expect her job duties to be

  4. Diedre Brucz says:

    I pay the babysitter regardless – if I cancel, she’s out an entire day’s work and that doesn’t seem fair since we’re her main source of income. If I gave her advance warning, I might feel differently, but that hasn’t happened yet.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Prices have changed since mine were little. My kids later on earnt quite well babysitting but I would have no idea what the going rate is these days. I babysit my grandkids for free, also for longer periods of time too though then I do usually get a present. 🙂

  6. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I too have no idea what to pay a babysitter. I’m a grandmother now and take care of my grandkids to help out. I am glad I am no longer in the position to sort this issue out as a parent.

  7. salexis says:

    This is challenging! My daughter is now old enough to bbsit and she states her rates up front, but it’s always hard to know what is appropriate! Thanks for the tips

  8. kathy downey says:

    I pay my babysitter what i would want to be paided,its a big job.

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