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Old 12-16-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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what to pay a babysitter?

Just wondering what you would pay a babysitter to stay overnight? We were gone 5 til midnight. What do you think is fair? She doesn't state an hourly rate, I'm sure we paid her $5/hr last year. She is a great sitter!
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: what to pay a babysitter?

if you have pd her $5 an hour before she probably assumes thats what she is getting...but i used to be reall bad about charging for babysitting ($10 total for watching 4 kids for 5 hours....) maybe give her a bonus for giving up her friday night to watch your LOs...an extra $5-10 depending on what you can afford...like a holiday bonus
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Re: what to pay a babysitter?

I would say $5-$6/hour depending on the age and how much you like her (do you want to be at the top of her job list or do you have backups as well). If you paid her $5 last year then maybe bump her to $5.50 this year.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:18 PM   #4
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Great question, I always kinda pay her 20$ min then more if it's longer than just a few hours. I figure 20$ for her effort seems fair.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:23 PM   #5
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Depends on several things, how well you like her, how many DC and ages of DC. I only have 1 person outside my family I trust as a babysitter for DD & DS. She use to work @ their DCP and was an assitant teacher in DD's room. She made $7.50/hr when she worked there, so I pay her $8/hr and usually round up to the nearest $5, so if she stayed 4 hours I would give her $35. But even if she charged $10/hr I would pay it, I just love her that much.
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Re: what to pay a babysitter?

I way overpay my sitters, but I love them and want them to always sit for me, lol! For night sitters, I always pay $8 an hour (I have 2 kids), day sitters, I pay $6-7 hour...also depends if I have to pick them up/take them home, then they make less...my fave sitter doesn't drive, which really sucks, but I still pay her about $6 hour. Last week she sat for me from 8am-2pm and I paid her $35. I don't use her at night b/c I don't want to have to drive her home at midnight...my night sitters, I usually pay $8 hour, but we only get one maybe 3 times a year. I am blessed to have lots of wonderful college girls work for me at the preschool - totally trustworthy!
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Old 12-16-2006, 02:30 PM   #7
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Re: what to pay a babysitter?

Thanks for the replies!

This sitter is 13. We like her very much. Our kids are 11 months and 2.5 years. She came over at 5, we got home at 12 and then she stayed overnight. I paid her $80. She seemed very happy with that.

The last time we got her was last year for the Christmas party (which had been the only time until last night), that's how much dh and I get out! Well, we went on a date in March when my mom was up and watched the kids. As it was I spent last night cuddling/walking a fussy newborn that came to the party so the mom could have a break! And I loved every minute of it too!
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:59 AM   #8
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Re: what to pay a babysitter?

wow, if i got paid $80 as a 13 year old i'd be ecstatic!

when we lived in seattle, we paid $15/hr for a nanny to watch our kid for 7 hours! but we didn't know any 13 year olds, we had a fussy infant son who ended up needing a lot of care / comforting for 3 of those hours, and we knew she was totally reliable and good and didn't want to sitter-shop.
needless to say, that was the only time we went out for a while!

now we live next door to a 13 year old and pay her $5/hr for 1 sleeping kid. i would probably pay more if she actually had to do something besides watch tv.
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i got pd $20 an hour nannying one 4 year old...but he was special needs
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:15 AM   #10
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I charge $5 for one, $8 for 2 and $10 for 3 with a $25 minimum. I don't do random sitting though, this is for either my daycare child (and occasionaly her 2 older sisters) that I already have 50-70 hours a week or for my friends 3 boys (she's a SAHM). Thankfully my family watches my kids and it's free.
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