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Old 10-24-2008, 11:26 AM
 
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Default Going babysitting rate?

Does anyone know what the going rate is for a babysitter in the evening on weekends? I am talking about a high school student who would be babysitting two children ages 3 1/2 and 18 months. We just moved to Morris county from upstate NY and I was not sure about the average rates here. Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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I paid my friend's teenage daughter $5/hr to watch my 2 year old. Will your sitter have to feed the kids? Will they be sleeping the majority of the time?
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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I pay $10/hr. for my two-year-old. If I had two kids, I'd do $12/hr.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Here in Cherry Hill. the going rate is $10 ph per child. We (as preschool teachers) get asked all the time to babysit. We add $2 per child after the first. That is standard here.

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Old 10-24-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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Thank you for the info. I am mostly looking at the rates for having a teenager in 10th grade babysit. It would be just an occasional thing. The kids would be fed before we left and would be going to bed withing 2 hours of the babysitter arriving. I thought that $8.00 an hour would be fair since it is still above minimum wage and would be "under the table."
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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I think that is fair........my son babysat last week foir an obnoxious 6 year old for 7 hours and got paid $20.........He should have asked how much up front I was furious becuase I had to take him there and wait for him to get home at 2 am, wasnt worth it if you ask me.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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I pay $10/hr. for my two-year-old. If I had two kids, I'd do $12/hr.
$12hr is exactly what I was going to say. We pay $10/hr for my 2 10yr olds, but they are very self sufficient. A 3yr old and 18 mo old are a lot more work.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: North Jersey
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$12hr is exactly what I was going to say. We pay $10/hr for my 2 10yr olds, but they are very self sufficient. A 3yr old and 18 mo old are a lot more work.

For a high school kid??? wow my Karlee is getting grossly underpaid when she babysits
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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For a high school kid??? wow my Karlee is getting grossly underpaid when she babysits
I think it depends on how competitive the area/neighborhood is. If there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, the babysitter has the pick of choices. I know they book up fast in my sister's area and she could never pay less than $10 an hour and expect to find the ones she is willing to leave the kids with.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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For a high school kid??? wow my Karlee is getting grossly underpaid when she babysits

I am so glad to hear you say that!! I thought it was just me thinking that $12/hr is a lot to pay a high school student who lives next door for babysitting for two kids who will be asleep within the 2 hours she arrives. (This is coming from someone who was a babysitter in high school and is now a teacher and understands fully the needs of kids).
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