This Settles Once And For All How Much You Should Pay Your Babysitter

Is it getting out of control?

How much do you pay your babysitter? When I was a teenager and I used to babysit, I had one family that I loved to sit for because their daughters were super adorable and well behaved and fun and their parents paid me $5 an hour. Back then that was a lot of money for me who was only about 13 or 14-years-old at the time.

When I had my own kids I quickly realized just how expensive paying a babysitter could get! Because I have four kids I often found us just staying home on the weekends or waiting until a family member could watch our kids because it would cost more to pay a babysitter than it would to go to dinner or a movie. It was fun to have a night out, but not so fun to shell out an extra $60 on top of what we paid for the dinner or movie.

Personally I think babysitting rates have gotten a bit out of hand lately, and I’m talking about the teenager who comes over and sits on your couch and eats your chips while you see a movie, not the daycare providers who care for our kids all day long (they’re worth every penny!).

If you’ve ever wanted to ask others how much do you pay for your babysitter, this handy chart will show you what the going rate is in your state and if you’re paying yours enough.

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Kelli is a Lead Writer at Hot Moms Club. She's a Canadian living in the US with a longstanding love affair with entertainment news and celebrity gossip. She has written about it for some of the most popular websites in both Canada and the US including Entertainment Tonight Canada, I'm Not Obsessed and Babble. When she's not chauffeuring her 4 kids back and forth to the rink for various hockey and figure skating activities, she can be found glued to Netflix or reading a great book.

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