Babysitter Salary

Babysitters in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $9.89 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $6.92 per hour to $15.13. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Less than five percent enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than two percent get vision benefits. Most Babysitters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,080 - $53,154
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$53K
MEDIAN: $16,849
10%
50%
90%

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$6.92 - $15.13
(Median)
$6
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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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
$12,080 - $53,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.58  
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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$14,349 - $31,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate 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$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$6.92 - $15.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18 - $5.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.00  
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.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.58  
   
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).
)
$14,349 - $31,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449

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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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Babysitters who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $20K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $21K. Babysitters bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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