Babysitter Salary

The larger portion of Babysitters in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $9.97 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.04 per hour and $15.22. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to less than five percent, and fewer than one in twenty earn vision coverage. Most Babysitters report high levels of job satisfaction.

$11,960 - $39,149

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$7.04 - $15.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$11,960 - $39,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $448.23  
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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$14,502 - $31,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.04 - $15.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.32 - $4.98  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $448.23  
   
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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$14,502 - $31,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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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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For Babysitters, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Babysitters most often move into positions as Nanny or Aupairs or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Babysitters are few in number. Activities for Children and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $21K. On average, Babysitters make $21K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Babysitters that is 45 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent) and Houston (+18 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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National Average
$21,000

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Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Activities for Children
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National Average
$21,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 2% dental benefits Dental: 2%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 97%
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