The larger portion of Babysitters in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.10 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Babysitters report high levels of job satisfaction. Fewer than one in twenty receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Parents typically have explicit instructions for the child or children to be cared for, including any dietary restrictions, medical needs, and preferred activities. For older children, the parents may also specify homework responsibilities and bedtime arrangements. A babysitter should always consult with the parents to know any specific requirements, emergency instructions, and contact numbers. While a child or children are in the babysitter’s care, the sitter should expect to be completely occupied with watching and interacting with their charges. If anything of any particular note takes place while the child is under the sitter’s care - but is not serious enough to immediately contact the parents and/or emergency services - the sitter must document it and make the parents aware.
In most situations, the requirements to be a babysitter are not governed by official regulations. For the most part, a babysitter should be expected to keep references to be presented in an interview with parents. In many jurisdictions, the number of children and hours that they can be cared for is somewhat regulated, and babysitters who find themselves moving into full-time care may need to seek some sort of formal certification in child care or child development.
- 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
At the upper end, Babysitters who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. Typical career progression for a Babysitter involves becoming a Nanny or Aupair or a Nanny, roles that pay $4K more and $7K more on average.
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Popular Skills for Babysitter
Survey results suggest that Babysitters put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Food Preparation, Driving, cooking, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Activities for Children tend to be well versed in cooking.
Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $21K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $22K on average. Babysitters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. Babysitters who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $21K.
Pay Difference by Location
New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Babysitters, 49 percent above the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+45 percent), San Diego (+44 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Rochester (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Las Vegas is the market with the smallest paychecks.