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if this is like a personal question or anything, please let me know
i've been babysitting more lately, and i'm getting paid differently in each one. how much do you all pay an hour, and how many kids do you have? also, should i just decide on a 'fee' for the next new person that hires me?

right now i have three 'jobs':

one 8-year old - $8 an hour
one 4-year olf - $10 an hour
three kids- 4-year old, 6-year old, 8-year old - $8 an hour
 

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Originally posted by puppylucy@May 14 2005, 11:29 PM
if this is like a personal question or anything, please let me know
i've been babysitting more lately, and i'm getting paid differently in each one. how much do you all pay an hour, and how many kids do you have? also, should i just decide on a 'fee' for the next new person that hires me?

right now i have three 'jobs':

one 8-year old - $8 an hour
one 4-year olf - $10 an hour
three kids- 4-year old, 6-year old, 8-year old - $8 an hour
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When I babysit, I usually bring the children a toy, don't get paid anything, and I give the parents money to go out on. That is the difference in a Grandmother and someone your age. One year for Christmas, I gave my daughter and her husband "gift certificates" for dinner and a movie as well as free babysitting once a month for a year. They moved away, so they are still using them when I visit.
I would suggest you set a base rate for one child within a certain age range. For instance preschoolers who required a lot of attention would get the highest, unless you were dealing with a baby who didn't sleep most of the time. School aged children would go for less per hour. Then, I would add $2.00 per hour for a second child and $1 for the next.
 

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Originally posted by puppylucy@May 14 2005, 08:29 PM
if this is like a personal question or anything, please let me know
i've been babysitting more lately, and i'm getting paid differently in each one. how much do you all pay an hour, and how many kids do you have? also, should i just decide on a 'fee' for the next new person that hires me?

right now i have three 'jobs':

one 8-year old - $8 an hour
one 4-year olf - $10 an hour
three kids- 4-year old, 6-year old, 8-year old - $8 an hour
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For three kids, you should ask them to endow a trust fund for your first year of college.
Actually, I think LucyLou has a very good solution; you just have to settle on a base rate now.
 

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I would say it depends on the going rate in your area. Check with others who do baby sitting and see what they get. It will also depend on your age and level of experience. Most people pay more for sitters who are college age or older and less for a younger sitter.

I live in Austin Texas and my teen daughter sits for a few families. Usually one child is 5 - 6 dollars and hour. If it is an all day job in the summer or on a weekend she will usually get a bonus as this is much more work than when the child is sleeping for most of the time.

She sits for another family with 3 children and they pay her 10 an hour, more if it is a day job.

She only will sit for kids that are well behaved and for parents she can rely on to be timely.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Judi
 

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have you taken a CPR class? or get another type of certification?

then you can charge more.
 

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I agree that it depends on many factors...(where you are, age of kids, age of sitter, responsibilities, length of stay, etc.)

I usually hire junior high students...(for several reasons). So, because they are younger and less experienced, I usually pay them between 5-7 dollars an hour. If half the time is going to be after they go to bed, then I keep it closer to five. If they have had to watch/entertain them for most of the time, then I make it closer to seven. One of my regulars is going to watch them for the two weeks that I am teaching summer school during the day. I have a flat daily fee we have worked out for this. Although they will have to be supervised for the majority of the time, they are 5 and 8, so need very little "attention"-they pretty much can take care of them selves.


I know there are a few families that I know of that pay BIG BUCKS...but they also are like doctors, big time farmers etc....if I had to pay what they pay, we could never afford to go out!
Most of the girls that sit for them understand this and know that getting to watch their kids is like getting a bonus!
 

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have you also thought about dog walking? for a half hour over here...the people charge like $20 or somethign like that. and then if someone has 2 dogs. then you charge an extra $5 for each dog after the first dog.

i dont know...something to think about. people are lazy.


and if you do flyers for a dog walker...you can write about how it can decrease bad behavior.
 

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thank you everyone~!

cathy - i petsit! i have this one house w/ two german shepherds that i watch. i go over there during the summer 3x a day and walk/play with them and i get paid like $15 a visit
 

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When I babysit, I usually bring the children a toy, don't get paid anything, and I give the parents money to go out on. That is the difference in a Grandmother and someone your age. One year for Christmas, I gave my daughter and her husband "gift certificates" for dinner and a movie as well as free babysitting once a month for a year. They moved away, so they are still using them when I visit.
I would suggest you set a base rate for one child within a certain age range. For instance preschoolers who required a lot of attention would get the highest, unless you were dealing with a baby who didn't sleep most of the time. School aged children would go for less per hour. Then, I would add $2.00 per hour for a second child and $1 for the next.
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Sounds like THIS Grandma! Except my children are now old enough and secure enough that THEY pay my airfare AND there are goodies waiting for me! There is usually a "project" waiting, also. Like painting, tiling, hanging pictures, or baking a special occasion cake.

When I was babysitting (for 50 cents an hour, that's how long ago it was!) I set my own rates so LucyLou was right on with her advice. My experience with babysitting lately involves my 14 year old granddaughter who is much in demand. She sets her rates, reasonably, and if they don't want to pay it for whatever reason, she still doesn't lack for jobs.
 

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I never really ever did baby sitting (I dont get along so well little little kids, I get annoyed fast) but I had a lot of frist who did and honestly they charged by that kind of family it was. Normally you might charge like $8 and hour but if it was some really rich family I had a friend getting around $40 and hour lol but that was proubly way to much.
 

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I have 3 children, (and one on the way...by the way...lol) and When we go out, it's usually after the two youngest are already either in bed or ready for bed. This reduces the sitter to one child, my 8 year old daughter who sits and watches tv with my sitter.
My kids are 8,6,and 4. My sitter gets 5 an hour, but I usually give her more-she's wonderful and most times will rearrange her schedule at a moments notice for me-because she loves my kids. (They aren;t even those well behaved robots-they're real obnoxious eat your face types...lol) The only thing she won't change for me is the nights she goes to volunteer to clean the church, or practice choir. (then her mom offers to watch them and won't accept payment...there is something wrong with a family that nice...heh)
They walk the dogs, and play with them too.

She is certified in CPR, and she has taken the high schools babysitting course. She's leaving for college in the fall and I don;t really know what I'm going to do.
 

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Wow - I'm so lucky I live in the area I do. Going rate around here is $2 - $2.50 an hour. Twenty years ago I got paid $1.00 an hour. I don't know how couples could afford paying those higher rates - so glad I don't have to. My sitter is great - she really plays with the kids, washes my dishes (even though I tell her she doesn't have to cause we have a dishwasher!, and cleans up the toys! She attended a sitter's class and got CPR certified. We always use Grandma when she's available though - Can't beat Grandma as a babysitter - Even my kids think so!!
 

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I think it is harder to pay the high school kids less than minimum wage. My junior high girls I don't mind so much...they do a decent job and ANY money is good to them. But I don't know why highschool kids would babysit for minimal pay when they can go and get a job at Sonic..ya know? Anyway, just a thought. That is one reason I like my seventh and eighth grade sitters.
 

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Here is my take on baby sitting: We have three kids, 6th, 4th and 2nd grades. We use a high school student as our "regular" sitter. We pay $10 an hour and are usually gone about 4 to 6 hours. We round up to the full hour...in other words, if we come home at 10:30, we pay as if the sitter was there til 11:00. Competition for good teen sitters is very tough and on any given weekend our sitter has a few potential jobs...ours is always a yes. BTW, our sitter is a teenage boy. His mother is a dear friend and he has taken the Red Cross baby sitting program and child CPR. My son loves him, my daughters think he is their dream man. He goes to the same school as my children, so they are always on their best behavior. They wouldn't want to ruin their reputations! I think if you are sitting for more than two children, you should up your rate. Let's say you have a flat $8 per hour for 1 to 2 children. If you have three or more, you should be paid more. I also think that sitting for an infant should command a higher rate...factor in feedings, diaper changes, clean-ups from diaper leaks, etc. I can also tell you what I will not allow from my sitters: First, they must be in high school, and they must be good students. I must know their parents. They are not allowed to talk on either their cell phone or my house phone. They must be able to walk the dog, cook and clean up. I want my house as clean as I left it. I provide a meal, snacks, etc. I want a report on what the kids did, what games they played, did they fight...I also have a one strike you're out policy. Break any of the rules and you've lost the job. Our sitter came to us for an "interview" complete with resume and references. He had a written list of his sitting rules, proposed activities for the children, and a suggested menu. We were very impressed because he took the time to prepare and he was able to answer any of our potential questions.
 

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Originally posted by saltymalty@May 16 2005, 12:03 PM
Here is my take on baby sitting:  We have three kids, 6th, 4th and 2nd grades.  We use a high school student as our "regular" sitter.  We pay $10 an hour and are usually gone about 4 to 6 hours.  We round up to the full hour...in other words, if we come home at 10:30, we pay as if the sitter was there til 11:00.  Competition for good teen sitters is very tough and on any given weekend our sitter has a few potential jobs...ours is always a yes.  BTW, our sitter is a teenage boy.  His mother is a dear friend and he has taken the Red Cross baby sitting program and child CPR.  My son loves him, my daughters think he is their dream man.  He goes to the same school as my children, so they are always on their best behavior.  They wouldn't want to ruin their reputations!  I think if you are sitting for more than two children, you should up your rate.  Let's say you have a flat $8 per hour for 1 to 2 children.  If you have three or more, you should be paid more.  I also think that sitting for an infant should command a higher rate...factor in feedings, diaper changes, clean-ups from diaper leaks, etc.  I can also tell you what I will not allow from my sitters:  First, they must be in high school, and they must be good students.  I must know their parents.  They are not allowed to talk on either their cell phone or my house phone.  They must be able to walk the dog, cook and clean up.  I want my house as clean as I left it.  I provide a meal, snacks, etc.  I want a report on what the kids did, what games they played, did they fight...I also have a one strike you're out policy.  Break any of the rules and you've lost the job.  Our sitter came to us for an "interview" complete with resume and references.  He had a written list of his sitting rules, proposed activities for the children, and a suggested menu.  We were very impressed because he took the time to prepare and he was able to answer any of our potential questions.
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WOW! What a DREAM sitter!!!! I am jealous!!

I have not had good luck with my high school sitters. That is why I prefer the older junior high girls. Most of the good, reliable high school girls around here in our small town are either working part-time jobs or are busy with extra-curricular activities and/or boyfriends...it is SO hard to book them up. Because I teach these seventh/eighth grade girls, I know them....so I am picky about who it is...but I feel like the ones I pick, I can trust. I also have a "one-strike" policy. I always ask the kids what the sitter did....if they ignored them, watched tv, SLEPT :eek: , talked on the phone, etc....I don't call them back. I also tell them the computer is off limits...if I think about it, I set the password before we leave...I had a college girl one time that pulled up PORN sites...
 

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I had two families that I babysat for from the time I was 14 on... (in fact I still have "over-nights" with them when the parents are out of town for more then 1 night). I'm older and have been sitting for these familys so they paid (in my opinion) way too much... but they "insist". I made sure to always have the house, super clean, even if it wasn't that clean when I got there. That's always a little bonus. If you drive far to babysit you also want to think of gas money.
I know I am just really fortunate with the two families I stuck with, but these girls are like sisters now.
 

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When I was in college I used to "babysit" a 6th grade girl for a few hours 2-3 times a week. It was so easy. I would pick her up from school and we would go to the mall or just head home and watch TV. Her parents would leave us spending money if we knew ahead of time that we were going to the mall or something. I think I got paid $6 an hour. If we went to the house she would watch TV while I did homework. It was the easiest babysitting job I ever had.

When I was 12 I started watching my mom's boss's kids. Talk about brats. At the time there were 3 of them with another on the way (by the time they had their 5th kid the oldest was only 5). I think I got paid $5 an hour. When the 4th kid was born they wanted me to bring a friend along to help watch the kids. They made us split the $5 an hour (that sucked). The kids were absolute brats. They were so spoiled. The parents didn't believe in discipline so the kids got away with anything. With the parents were home the kids poured a bottle of bleach on a pile of brand new (name brand) clothes. They wanted to help with the ironing so they plugged in the iron and set it face down on the carpet. They colored all over the new dry wall (had to be replaced) and the new oak entertainment center. Stuff PB&J sandwiches in the VCR god knows how many times. Took their mom's ruby red lipstick and drew all over the off-white carpet the day after it had been professionally cleaned. They did a lot more things but right now I can't remember them all. Sorry I got a little off topic.
 

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Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@May 16 2005, 03:36 PM
When I was in college I used to "babysit" a 6th grade girl for a few hours 2-3 times a week.  It was so easy.  I would pick her up from school and we would go to the mall or just head home and watch TV.  Her parents would leave us spending money if we knew ahead of time that we were going to the mall or something.  I think I got paid $6 an hour.  If we went to the house she would watch TV while I did homework.  It was the easiest babysitting job I ever had.

When I was 12 I started watching my mom's boss's kids.  Talk about brats.  At the time  there were 3 of them with another on the way (by the time they had their 5th kid the oldest was only 5).  I think I got paid $5 an hour.  When the 4th kid was born they wanted me to bring a friend along to help watch the kids.  They made us split the $5 an hour (that sucked).  The kids were absolute brats.  They were so spoiled.  The parents didn't believe in discipline so the kids got away with anything.  With the parents were home the kids poured a bottle of bleach on a pile of brand new (name brand) clothes.  They wanted to help with the ironing so they plugged in the iron and set it face down on the carpet.  They colored all over the new dry wall (had to be replaced) and the new oak entertainment center.  Stuff PB&J sandwiches in the VCR god knows how many times.  Took their mom's ruby red lipstick and drew all over the off-white carpet the day after it had been professionally cleaned.  They did a lot more things but right now I can't remember them all.  Sorry I got a little off topic. 

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Sounds like they needed "Super Nanney!!!" or "Nanney 911"!!!!!!!!! :lol:
 

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Originally posted by tlunn+May 16 2005, 03:46 PM-->
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@May 16 2005, 03:36 PM
When I was in college I used to "babysit" a 6th grade girl for a few hours 2-3 times a week.  It was so easy.  I would pick her up from school and we would go to the mall or just head home and watch TV.  Her parents would leave us spending money if we knew ahead of time that we were going to the mall or something.  I think I got paid $6 an hour.  If we went to the house she would watch TV while I did homework.  It was the easiest babysitting job I ever had.

When I was 12 I started watching my mom's boss's kids.  Talk about brats.  At the time  there were 3 of them with another on the way (by the time they had their 5th kid the oldest was only 5).  I think I got paid $5 an hour.  When the 4th kid was born they wanted me to bring a friend along to help watch the kids.  They made us split the $5 an hour (that sucked).  The kids were absolute brats.  They were so spoiled.  The parents didn't believe in discipline so the kids got away with anything.  With the parents were home the kids poured a bottle of bleach on a pile of brand new (name brand) clothes.  They wanted to help with the ironing so they plugged in the iron and set it face down on the carpet.  They colored all over the new dry wall (had to be replaced) and the new oak entertainment center.  Stuff PB&J sandwiches in the VCR god knows how many times.  Took their mom's ruby red lipstick and drew all over the off-white carpet the day after it had been professionally cleaned.  They did a lot more things but right now I can't remember them all.  Sorry I got a little off topic. 

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Sounds like they needed "Super Nanney!!!" or "Nanney 911"!!!!!!!!! :lol:
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OMG! Did they ever! I went out to eat with them once to Pizza Hut. It looked like WWIII when we left. They let the kids lick the tops of the cheese shackers!
They didn't even mention it to the waitress when we left. There was food all over the place.
 
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