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Old 02-22-2007, 08:16 AM   #11
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

We pay $12 an hour for our three, ages 5, 4, and 2. We don't use highschoolers though, I wouldnt use anyone under the age of 18 (more life experience and the legal responsibility to make medical decisions should the need arise.) Most of our sitters are preschool teachers whom our kids know and we trust.

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Old 02-22-2007, 08:35 AM   #12
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

i know the area you live in, and i would be shocked if she expected less than $10/hr.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:37 AM   #13
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

Depends on where you live. Out here it is 5-8 an hour, for one child. In Michigan, where I am from, it would be maybe as high as 2.00 an hour.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:53 AM   #14
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I do daycare near you Theresa, and I get $23 a day for 1 kid. If that helps you any. I actually get $33 a day for another but thats because she's 5 mos old and she's here from 7 am til almost 6 pm.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:36 AM   #15
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

i'm in the northern chicago suburbs and my 13yo babysitter gets 5/hr for my 15month old. but she doesn't have to do anything, we've just hired her at night after he's gone to bed. for a special needs kid + a 15mo old, especially during the day, i'd pay at least $10/hr.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:38 PM   #16
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

I think it can really vary depending on where you live. Personally when we did use a sitter I had to ask her what she was paid because I had a no idea. It was a little awkward to ask but at least there was no concern about whether we were stiffing her or overpaying.
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:14 PM   #17
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

Usually we pay sitters $7 an hour on a weekend night or something like $5 on a weeknight. I think we tend to overpay though. They're teenagers, HS kids with no certifications or anything. I don't ask them to bathe DD or anything either besides just watch her and maybe change a diaper.

I figure better to overpay than underpay though...maybe it will make them more likely to say yes when we ask again.
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:27 PM   #18
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You might want to pay just a bit more than the going rate since Celeste has some special needs.

(I can remember getting $1/hr. for babysitting no matter how many kiddos there were. Way back in the early 80s )
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Re: how much to pay babysitter?

Wow! I'm living in the right place! Yay! I have paid at most $2 an hour per kid! I liv3 in Michigan though. Most in home licensed dc providers around here get around $100 per week and for 2 kids it's most likely $150-175. That's all day for 5 days!

Some of the babysitters in other areas are making more per hour than I do at my full time job

I think it so depends on the area. Maybe the girl will give you a break because she likes you!

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Old 02-22-2007, 07:33 PM   #20
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In a metro area, it's at least $8 an hour. That's why we don't go out all that often.
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