Babysitter Salary

Babysitters in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.14 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters. Fewer than one in twenty get medical and dental insurance, and less than five percent get vision plans, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$11,745 - $45,500
$12K
$24K
$46K
MEDIAN: $24,176
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50%
90%

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$7.67 - $15.45
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10.14
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$11,745 - $45,500  
   
Bonus
$1.30 - $1,003  
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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$15,454 - $33,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $15.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.11  
Overtime
$2.21 - $20.52  
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
$1.30 - $1,003  
   
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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$15,454 - $33,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 899

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. A common career progression for a Babysitter is to become a Nanny or Aupair or a Nanny. Compared to Babysitters, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Babysitter


Babysitters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Teacher, Food Preparation, and Driving are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Most people who know 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 inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $21K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $22K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Babysitters make a median salary of $24K. Babysitters who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $22K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,190

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

With a pay rate for Babysitters that is 51 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Babysitters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+47 percent), San Diego (+46 percent), Sacramento (+37 percent), and Chicago (+33 percent). Las Vegas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.

Babysitter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Babysitter

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$21,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Teacher
▲45%

Food Preparation
▲18%

Driving
▲16%

▲3%

Activities for Children
▼0%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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