Babysitter Salary

The larger portion of Babysitters in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.16 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by less than five percent, and fewer than one in twenty earn vision coverage.

$11,938 - $41,383
$12K
$24K
$41K
MEDIAN: $23,685
10%
50%
90%

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$7.68 - $15.51
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10.16
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50%
90%

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$0$41K
Salary $11,938 - $41,383
Bonus $2.14 - $1,010
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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$15,272 - $33,595
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.68 - $15.51
Hourly Tips $0.10 - $3.06
Overtime $3.00 - $20.43
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $2.14 - $1,010
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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$15,272 - $33,595
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 884

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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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Babysitters who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. When Babysitters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Nanny or Aupairs or Nannies. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Babysitter


Survey results imply that Babysitters put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Teacher, Food Preparation, and Driving are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Most people who know Activities for Children also know cooking.

Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

Pay by Experience for a Babysitter has a positive trend. An entry-level Babysitter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Babysitter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 309 salaries. An experienced Babysitter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 178 salaries. A Babysitter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,239

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

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Babysitters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Babysitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+47 percent), San Diego (+46 percent), Sacramento (+37 percent), and Chicago (+33 percent). Las Vegas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average.

Babysitter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Babysitter?

Babysitter in Albany:
"I absolutely find it gratifying."
Pros: The kids and their individuality.
Cons: Not being a bigger part of their lives.

Babysitter in Greenville:
"Babysitting."
Pros: I love kids so it's perfect for me!
Cons: It does get tiring sometimes but you learn to live with it!

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.

Babysitter in Pittsfield:
"Perfect for me."
Pros: How valued I feel.
Cons: That the kids take hours to eat meals.

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Key Stats for Babysitter

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$21,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Teacher
▲44%

Food Preparation
▲18%

Driving
▲15%

▲2%

Activities for Children
▼0%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 4%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
vision benefits
Vision: 3%
no benefits
None: 95%
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