2014 National Childcare Survey: Babysitting Rates & Nanny Pay

Wondering how much to pay your babysitter? UrbanSitter surveyed and compiled data from 7,500 families across the US to calculate the average hourly rates for babysitters, nannies, and mother’s helpers.

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  • New York City is the most expensive city for childcare. In NYC, the average babysitting rate for one child is $15.34 per hour. For more reasonable babysitting rates head to Denver, where the average pay starts at $10.84 an hour.
  • How much to pay the nanny? The national average for nanny pay is $14.97/hour for one child, $17.12 for two children, and $18.27 for three children.
  • Sorry, no free rides. 56% of parents surveyed never pay for a babysitter’s transportation home or offer them a ride.
  • Tipping etiquette. Most parents just “round up” when tipping the babysitter. 27% never tip the sitter.