How Much Does a Babysitter Cost Per Hour?

Whether you need a regularly scheduled babysitter or just a night out every once in a while, choosing a babysitter is a very important decision.  The price you pay them may have an effect on how they care for your children.

How much to pay a babysitter?

CitiesHourly Rate Average
Atlanta, GA$12
Austin, TX$12
Baltimore, MD$11
Boston, MA$15
Charlotte, NC$11
Chicago, IL$13
Cleveland, OH$9
Columbus, OH$10
Dallas, TX$12
Denver, CO$13
Detroit, MI$9
Hartford, CT$13
Houston, TX$12
Los Angeles, CA$15
Miami, FL$13
Minneapolis, MN$11
New York City, NY$15
Philadelphia, PA$12
Phoenix, AZ$11
San Diego, CA$13
San Francisco, CA$17
Seattle, WA$14
Tampa, FL$11

What is going to be included?

What are the extra costs?

Factors that affect the price:

Tips to know:

Questions to ask:

Babysitter hiring checklist:

How can I save money?

How can I compare prices?

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Average Reported Cost: $10.75

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Less Expensive $1 $1.5K $3K $5K $6.5K More Expensive $8k

How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Phebee (Phoenix,  Arizona) paid $6 and said:

    I just pay a local neighbor girl to watch my kid when I’m out which is usually less than 4 hours. Most of the time I don’t pay more than $25 for 4 hours.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Mary (San Francisco,  California) paid $20 and said:

    I hate San Fran! I have interviewed countless babysitters and the cheapest one I swear to God was $20 per hour. I really need to move.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Elly (Chicago,  Illinois) paid $8 and said:

    I will pay my babysitter $8 per hour and she’s almost a senior in high school. I do have another nanny on backup in case she can’t watch the kid. She charges a bit more but is older too. I have never paid more than $12 per hour.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Brad (Erie,  Pennsylvania) paid $9 and said:

    I use and often find some good sitters for the night. Most charge about $9 per hour from what I found. If you do use these services, I highly recommend they have a background check done.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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