Babysitters in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.14 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters. Fewer than one in twenty get medical and dental insurance, and less than five percent get vision plans, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$11,745 - $45,500|
|Bonus||$1.30 - $1,003|
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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).)
|$15,454 - $33,375|
|Hourly Rate||$7.67 - $15.45|
|Hourly Tips||$0.10 - $3.11|
|Overtime||$2.21 - $20.52|
|Bonus||$1.30 - $1,003|
|Total Pay (||$15,454 - $33,375|
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.
- 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
Babysitters may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $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 $3K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.
Popular Skills for Babysitter
Babysitters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Teacher, Food Preparation, and Driving are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. 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.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $21K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $22K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Babysitters make a median salary of $24K. Babysitters who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $22K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Babysitters that is 51 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+47 percent), San Diego (+46 percent), Sacramento (+37 percent), and Chicago (+33 percent). Las Vegas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.
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