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.

$11,857 - $43,677
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$44K
MEDIAN: $24,000
10%
50%
90%

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$7.42 - $15.33
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$11,857 - $43,677  
   
Bonus
$1.50 - $875  
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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$15,075 - $32,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.42 - $15.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.33  
Overtime
$2.09 - $20.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1.50 - $875  
   
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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$15,075 - $32,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 849
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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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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

National Average: $21,087

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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

Experienced
up arrow 8%


Late-Career
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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
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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