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Old 08-28-2007, 09:10 AM
 
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I offered to babysit for a few neighbors during the week after school or on weekend nights. I obviously will not be charging teenager rates like $5.00 an hr. b/c I am older and have more experience.

What is a good going rate these days?
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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In Boston it's $10.00 + / hour for high school students... $12.00+/hr. for college and above.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We've paid $8.00 hr for high school students and $10/hr for college and up.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel
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In Boston it's $10.00 + / hour for high school students... $12.00+/hr. for college and above.
Man...I want to babysit your kids!

We have three kids and I pay $10/hour....I guess I'm cheap.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Man...I want to babysit your kids!

We have three kids and I pay $10/hour....I guess I'm cheap.

Me too. 3 kids and I pay $10an hour to adults. Its easy money. Kids in bed by 8-830 and sitter usually comes around 7.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:49 PM
 
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Default Thanks!

booked at $12.00-$15.00 depends on at night or during the day. I am just trying to help at my neighbors and I have so much free time so I figured why not! Thanks for the prices!
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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Man...I want to babysit your kids!

We have three kids and I pay $10/hour....I guess I'm cheap.
That's what we pay and it's perfectly reasonable, not cheap.
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
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yep I pay my HS babysitter 10.00 an hour..
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia
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$10 an hour is what most adults make baking or cooking as professionals, with culinary degrees (more when a 'chef'). I am blown away by the babysitting rates I guess... My husbands first job as an accountant out of college while he was passing the CPA exam was $9 an hour... He makes much, much more now, but for comparison sake! And what about new teachers out of college? Some aren't making much more than that either.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:59 PM
 
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$10 an hour is what most adults make baking or cooking as professionals, with culinary degrees (more when a 'chef'). I am blown away by the babysitting rates I guess... My husbands first job as an accountant out of college while he was passing the CPA exam was $9 an hour... He makes much, much more now, but for comparison sake! And what about new teachers out of college? Some aren't making much more than that either.
I justify the $10 by the fact that I have three children. When I use babysitters in the early evenings on weekends, I expect the babysitter to play with my children and keep them "busy". $10 seems like an awful lot when they're asleep and the sitter is just watching television, but it's difficult to say: "well, the rate is $10 per hour when they're awake and $6.75 when they're sleeping." That wouldn't be fair.
The sitter I used in NJ was fantastic. She played with my kids, read to the little guys, even brought board games or movies that they hadn't played or seen yet. On occasion, she would make dinner for them and clean up afterward. My kids would beg for us to go out so that she would babysit. She was worth every penny!
But, I agree $10 is NOT what my wage was when I was a babysitter...many moons ago...
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