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Babysitter Salary

Most Babysitters in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.86 per hour. Job satisfaction for Babysitters is high. Less than five percent report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and fewer than one in twenty collect vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$12,069 - $53,154
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $16,672
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$6.87 - $15.12
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$12,069 - $53,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$14,231 - $31,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$6.87 - $15.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02 - $4.97  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.55  
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 - $508  
   
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).
)
$14,231 - $31,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 451
United States (change)

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 go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. Becoming a Nanny or Aupair or a Daycare Teacher is a common transition from a Babysitter role.

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Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $20K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $21K. On average, Babysitters make $21K following one to two decades on the job. Babysitters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%

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 50 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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