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.