Babysitter Salary

Babysitters in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $10.16 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Fewer than one in twenty get medical and dental insurance, and less than five percent get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Babysitters.

$11,910 - $39,996
$12K
$23K
$40K
MEDIAN: $23,109
10%
50%
90%

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$7.75 - $15.58
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10.19
10%
50%
90%

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$0$39K
Salary $11,910 - $39,996
Bonus $2.14 - $1,184
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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$15,354 - $33,653
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.75 - $15.58
Hourly Tips $0.10 - $3.40
Overtime $2.23 - $20.27
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $2.14 - $1,184
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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$15,354 - $33,653
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 879

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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 who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Babysitters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Nanny or Aupairs or Nannies. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Babysitter Job Listings

Popular Skills for Babysitter


Babysitters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Teacher, Food Preparation, and Driving are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those educated in Activities for Children tend to be well versed in cooking.

Pay by Experience Level for Babysitter

Pay by Experience for a Babysitter has a positive trend. An entry-level Babysitter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Babysitter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 309 salaries. An experienced Babysitter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 178 salaries. A Babysitter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 93 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,273

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

With a pay rate for Babysitters that is 50 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). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Babysitter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Babysitter?

Babysitter in Albany:
"I absolutely find it gratifying."
Pros: The kids and their individuality.
Cons: Not being a bigger part of their lives.

Babysitter in Greenville:
"Babysitting."
Pros: I love kids so it's perfect for me!
Cons: It does get tiring sometimes but you learn to live with it!

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.

Babysitter in Pittsfield:
"Perfect for me."
Pros: How valued I feel.
Cons: That the kids take hours to eat meals.

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Key Stats for Babysitter

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Babysitter Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$21,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Babysitter Salaries

Teacher
▲44%

Food Preparation
▲18%

Driving
▲15%

▲2%

Activities for Children
▼0%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

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
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 4%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
vision benefits
Vision: 3%
no benefits
None: 95%
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