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Babysitter Salary

Babysitters in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.92 per hour for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $6.92 per hour to $15.21. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Less than five percent receive medical and dental insurance and less than two percent get vision plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters.

$11,960 - $51,194
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$51K
MEDIAN: $16,553
10%
50%
90%

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$6.92 - $15.21
(Median)
$6
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$11,960 - $51,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$14,317 - $32,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$6.92 - $15.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18 - $5.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$14,317 - $32,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481

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Job Description for Babysitter

A babysitter provides care to children while their parents or guardians are away. Babysitters largely work part time and care for only one or two children in a given week. They may work in their own home or in the home of the family for whom the service is provided; a babysitter called in to watch over children for a few hours in an evening normally works in the client's home. Sitters may also provide care for pre-kindergarten children during the day while parents work perform work in their home.

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Babysitter Tasks

  • Select appropriate activities and follow feeding and sleep schedules.
  • Respond to injuries, emergencies and hygiene needs.
  • Interact with and entertain a child or children during designated time frame.
  • Clean and organize around the house.

Common Career Paths for Babysitter


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As Babysitters transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. When Babysitters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Nanny or Aupairs or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $10K, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $21K. Babysitters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. Babysitters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Babysitters in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent).

Babysitter Reviews

What is it like working as a Babysitter?

Babysitter in Midlothian:
"Giving."
Pros: Having the ability to make the kids laugh or smile, and giving them a good example of kindness and how to share that with others.
Cons: Any kid has a bad day and the parents raise them to express that in different, sometimes negative, ways.

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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
0%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 3% dental benefits Dental: 2%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 97%
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