Babysitter Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Babysitters in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.96 per hour. Pay ranges from $6.99 per hour on the low end to $15.19 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Less than five percent have medical and dental plans, and fewer than one in twenty have vision insurance.

$11,745 - $30,483
(Median)
$12K
$16K
$30K
MEDIAN: $16,139
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$6.99 - $15.19
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$11,745 - $30,483  
   
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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$14,407 - $31,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$6.99 - $15.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.32 - $4.98  
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.55  
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).
)
$14,407 - $31,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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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. Nanny or Aupairs or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Babysitters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Nanny or Aupairs is $4K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Administrative Assistants.

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Survey takers who work as Babysitters report a focused set of job skills. Activities for Children and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $20K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $21K. Babysitters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to their peers in the rest of the country, professionals in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles (the largest American cities) reap salaries that surpass the national average.

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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National Average
$21,000

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Late-Career
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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 46 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
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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