Babysitters in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.12 per hour for pay. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Fewer than one in twenty enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than five percent get vision benefits. Most Babysitters like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$11,745 - $45,500
$12K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $24,125
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$7.57 - $15.42
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$11,745 - $45,500  
   
Bonus
$1.64 - $997  
Commission
$253.50  
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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$15,177 - $32,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.57 - $15.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.31  
Overtime
$2.18 - $20.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1.64 - $997  
   
Commission
$253.50  
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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$15,177 - $32,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 906

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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

  • Interact with and entertain a child or children during designated time frame.
  • Clean and organize around the house.
  • Select appropriate activities and follow feeding and sleep schedules.
  • Respond to injuries, emergencies and hygiene needs.

Common Career Paths for Babysitter


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For Babysitters, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $56K annually. A common career progression for a Babysitter is to become a Nanny or Aupair or a Nanny. Compared to Babysitters, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Babysitter


Babysitters seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Food Preparation, Driving, cooking, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $21K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $22K. Babysitters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Babysitters who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $22K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,149

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

For Babysitters, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+48 percent), San Diego (+46 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), and Atlanta (+19 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Babysitter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Babysitter

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%


Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Food Preparation
up arrow 19%

Driving
up arrow 16%

cooking
up arrow 2%

Activities for Children
0%

Cleaning
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 2%
vision benefits
Vision: 2%
dental benefits
None: 95%
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