Figuring out how much to pay your babysitter can be confusing and stressful. Yes, we all want to be able to get away for a night, or need quality childcare during the day. But we also don’t want to pay through the nose! The thing is, childcare is expensive all over. Most families who rely on daycare or sitters are paying as much as 10% of their annual income on childcare. Some families spend as much as 25% annually! Now, paying for regular care and the occasional sitter are different, yes. But for a lot of families, babysitters are a routine part of their childcare.
So how much should you being paying your sitter? A lot of it depends on where you live. Cost of living varies wildly across the country. We see this in housing prices, average household incomes, and more. Knowing and understanding the going rate for a babysitter in your area is important when figuring out what to pay your babysitter.
You don’t want to overpay, but you also want to make sure you’re paying the person charged with caring for your children a competitive wage.