Babysitter Salary

Women comprise the majority of Babysitters in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.00 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.14 per hour and $15.25. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Fewer than one in twenty receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters.

$12,280 - $40,178
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$40K
MEDIAN: $20,299
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50%
90%

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$7.14 - $15.25
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,280 - $40,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.45  
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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$14,681 - $32,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.14 - $15.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.38  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.45  
   
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).
)
$14,681 - $32,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 688
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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.

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Babysitters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. Career advancement for the typical Babysitter often leads to becoming a Nanny or Aupair or an Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Babysitter


Professional skills reported by Babysitters are few in number. Those who have experience with cooking, Activities for Children, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in Activities for Children also know cooking.

Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $21K. Babysitters bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,884

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Babysitters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Las Vegas, 2 percent below the national average.

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

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

cooking
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Activities for Children
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Cleaning
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
medical benefits
Vision: 3%
dental benefits
None: 96%
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