Babysitter Salary

Babysitters in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $10.00 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges from $7.14 per hour on the lower end to $15.25 on the higher end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Babysitters is high. Fewer than one in twenty get medical and dental insurance, and less than five percent get vision plans, too.

$12,280 - $40,178
(Median)
$12K
$20K
$40K
MEDIAN: $20,299
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$7.14 - $15.25
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,280 - $40,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.45  
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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$14,681 - $32,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.14 - $15.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.38  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.45  
   
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).
)
$14,681 - $32,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 688
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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. When Babysitters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Nanny or Aupairs or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Babysitter


Babysitters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with cooking, Activities for Children, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with 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 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $21K in this role. Babysitters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,884

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Babysitters, 44 percent higher than the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Las Vegas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 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

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Late-Career
0%

National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

cooking
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Activities for Children
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Cleaning
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
medical benefits
Vision: 3%
dental benefits
None: 96%
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