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Babysitter Salary

The larger portion of Babysitters in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $9.92 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $6.95 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.19. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by less than five percent, and less than two percent earn vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,960 - $51,194
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$51K
MEDIAN: $16,553
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$6.95 - $15.19
(Median)
$6
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$11,960 - $51,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
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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$14,352 - $31,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$6.95 - $15.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18 - $5.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.53  
   
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).
)
$14,352 - $31,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 483
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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 who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. The most common next step for a Babysitter is to become a Nanny or Aupair or an Administrative Assistant. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $20K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $21K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Babysitters, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 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

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
0%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
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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