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How Much Do You Pay Your Babysitter?

Patch asks, you answer.

Parents need a night out–at least once in a while–and if you don't have any willing relatives, then you'll have to shell out some cash for a sitter.

Patch wants to know what the going rate is for a babysitter to watch the kids for an evening? Say five hours. 

Let us know in the comments section.

Stephanie St. Martin August 04, 2011 at 01:13 PM
The best tool I have seen to calculate the going rate for babysitters these days is Care.com's babysitter base pay calculator. You put in your zip code, the number of kids and viola! you have a rate: http://www.care.com/child-care-babysitter-pay-calculator-p1140.html
Natalie Mottl August 04, 2011 at 06:09 PM
I like the picture
Candi August 09, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Most industries will pay employees more if they have an Associate's degree or higher. The same is true for babysitters. If you are a babysitter with a college degree in education, early childhood education, or a related field, you can expect a higher babysitter compensation. If you have completed coursework toward an early childhood or education degree, you can also receive more pay than someone without those qualifications. Many parents feel reassured by having an experienced and educated person caring for their children. If you have more than two years of experience and a college degree, expect to receive a salary on the higher end of the pay scale. If you have special knowledge or skills that you can impart to your charges, you may command higher pay. For example, if you have a degree in Slavic languages, and your employer-family has a child that they adopted from Russia, they may be willing to pay more to have a babysitter who can teach their child some of the child's native tongue. Another example: if you possess a degree in fine arts, with emphasis in visual arts, and your employer-family wants their children to learn creative expression, your creative skills (painting, scultpure, etc.) may net... http://tinyurl.com/2fqc48l

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