Babysitter Salary

Most Babysitters in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.97 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.19 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Babysitters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Less than five percent receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans.

$11,745 - $30,483
(Median)
$12K
$16K
$30K
MEDIAN: $16,139
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$7.02 - $15.19
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$11,745 - $30,483  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $448.23  
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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$14,455 - $31,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.02 - $15.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.32 - $4.98  
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 - $448.23  
   
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).
)
$14,455 - $31,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Babysitters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Nanny or Aupairs or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Babysitters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Activities for Children and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Babysitters, 42 percent higher than the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+25 percent) and Houston (+18 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
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National Average
$21,000

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Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Activities for Children
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National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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