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Amount to charge

I sometimes wonder if I charge too little for babysitting . I get $10 an hour ; $15 if two or three kids. What do others get.
MarineBob · 56-60, M
I get get paid in hugs from the grandkids
Jessica2008 · 18-21, F
Awww @MarineBob
MntoNc · 31-35, M
@MarineBob worth more than any money in the world
BarbossasHusband · 36-40, M
When my mom forced me to babysit for her friends, when I was about 10, so they could go out and get drunk, the friends would pay me approx 50usd, give me a ton of snacks and video games to keep me occupied.
Jessica2008 · 18-21, F
Thanks for the responses everyone — I have raised my babysitting rate 😊
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
My daughter got paid £20 for her first babysitting a couple of weeks ago. About three hours work. But she's only 13 and fell asleep towards the end, so I had to help her out 🙂
Convivial · 26-30, F
@SunshineGirl at13 was down buddy mine....15 hours, no break time, all for threepence... Kids today don't know how good 'tis
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@Convivial Funny thing is, mine would probably prefer to go coal mining if she had the choice! 😅
Convivial · 26-30, F
@SunshineGirl lol... It's good she has a sense of adventure... It's better still she doesn't have to
DrWatson · 70-79, M
Our daughter is 34 years old. When she was little, babysitters charged what you are charging.

I think you are getting too little.
It depends on the area you're in. Where I'm at i have seen that number go up to $35 per hour. But i would never pay that. The most id pay is 15-20
Cigarguy101 · 41-45, M
I pay my sitter 15 a hour pre kid during the day and on the rare change I go out at night
20 for my daughter and 30 for my boy (he's a handful)
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
Just try charging more next time and if that is accepted then you will know. Sounds like too little to me but I have never babysat nor paid anyone to do it.

When it comes to what is too little or too much pay the only way to find out for sure is to try asking for more and see if you both get it and continue to get work.
Iwantyourhotwife · 22-25
15 a child makes sense
in10RjFox · M
I get paid $20 / hour to sit my neighbours babysitter..

You should charge $10 per child per hour..
Cuteboy12 · 16-17, M
And that you are charging too little and that's coming from a kid who knows what you go to babysitting
Dawgsfan3 · 41-45, M
I’ve never babysat but I think your rates seem fair but if you want go up $5 or 10 that’s ok
Ontheroad · M
I paid that 20+ years ago. I think you need to charge quite a bit more.
Virgo79 · 61-69, M
You want to concider how many meals too.
I think you could get more
Blondily · F
It should be more than $20 for 3 kids! At least $10 a kid.
justanothername · 51-55, M
How much experience have you got?
Jessica2008 · 18-21, F
@justanothername I have about 3 years experience.
justanothername · 51-55, M
@Jessica2008 3 years experience is worth more than $10 an hour.
ViciDraco · 36-40, M
How frequently do you babysit? Is this a primary job or just getting a little extra?

If you do a few hours a week across different people you could probably raise your prices $5 across the board.

If you are consistently babysitting for the same people, many hours a week, you might have to determine if they can still afford services after a price increase. Especially if it's because they are working or something. I'd feel less bad raising prices if it's so they could go out on dates and such.
NativePortlander · 51-55
First of all, I think most states now require babysitters to take classes for first aid and cpr to become certified and licensed, that they will tell you what the average service costs are for parents tonpay.

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