This Is What Parents Are Paying Their Babysitters, According to Survey

On average, it’s a lot higher than the federal minimum wage.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Feb 2020
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Finding a babysitter you trust with your child is no easy task. Plus, once you find one you like, you have the added stress of figuring out a reasonable rate to pay them. To make your task just a little easier, one survey looked at what parents are paying their babysitters across the country.

The ninth Annual National Childcare Rates Survey from UrbanSitter looked at data from 25,000 families to calculate rates across the country. It found that nationally, the average rates are $17.73/hour for one child; $20.30/hour for two kids; and $21.49/hour for three kids. These represent a 5 percent increase over last year’s averages—and show that the average babysitter can achieve an hourly rate that is 200 percent higher than federal minimum wage, the survey says. San Francisco, for the sixth year in a row, had the most expensive rates at $19.74/hour for one child and $22.44/hour for two kids, while Las Vegas once again had the lowest, at $10.95/hour for one child and $14.63 per hour for two kids.

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Of the parents surveyed, 79 percent stated that childcare was one of their biggest expenses and 28 percent believed they will likely spend somewhere between $30,000 and $75,000 on childcare in 2020. While 63 percent of parents said “yes, child care providers should earn more than minimum wage,” 31 percent also said, “yes, but I don’t know how I can afford it.” Additionally, 62 percent of parents stated their employers didn’t offer childcare benefits and 40 percent said their place of work didn’t offer an adequate maternity or family leave policy.

Finding childcare you trust and are comfortable with is incredibly important. If you’re new to the game and aren’t sure which services to turn to, check out our picks for the best babysitter apps and websites, as well as our tips for how to find a great babysitter.

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